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  PAST Fire Museum Seminars
  25th Annual Fire Museum Seminar
  Jeffersonville, IN • November 7-10, 2014
  at the Vintage Fire Museum and Safety Education Center 

Dear Fire Museum Network Members and Friends:

    We hope you will be able to come to the 2014 Fire Museum Network Seminar to be held November 7 to 10 in Jeffersonville and Clarksville, Indiana – across the Ohio River from Louisville, Kentucky.  With this letter, you will find an updated seminar schedule and a registration form.

    The program should be both interesting and helpful.  It includes presentations on museum operation, increasing visitation, firefighting and equipment history, children’s education, and more.  There will also be an opportunity to share what is happening at your museum. 

    Seminar sessions will take place on Friday and Sunday – along with a visit to the Vintage Fire Museum (featuring the Fred Conway collection) on Friday evening.  Saturday we will travel by bus to the Cincinnati Fire Museum, the Madison, IN, Fire Museum, and the Louisville Fire Museum.  The optional trip on Monday is to two distilleries on the Bourbon Trail and to a Kentucky Horse Farm.

    There will be some free time, and there is plenty to do in the area – including things for spouses who do not attend the seminar sessions.  A few things are mentioned at the end of the accompanying schedule.

    Everyone who registers for the seminar by Oct. 10 receives a reduced rate.  Be sure also to make your hotel reservations in a timely way to get the best rate.  Our hotel is the Clarion Hotel, Clarksville, IN (tel. 812-283-4411).  Be sure to mention the Fire Museum Network Seminar.  Free parking and airport shuttle.  The reduced rates are also available for up to three days before and after the seminar if you wish to extend your stay.

    If you fly, remember to fly into the Louisville, Kentucky, airport.  Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.  812-948-8711 or curtandpam@earthlink.net.  We’ll see you in November.

Curt Peters, Vintage Fire Museum board chair

The Fire Museum Network Seminar scheduled for November 6 to 10, 2014, in Jeffersonville & Clarksville, Indiana - located just across the Ohio River from Louisville, Kentucky.

The Network board will meet on Thursday, Nov. 6. The Seminar sessions will be on Friday (beginning at 9 AM), Saturday, and Sunday, Nov. 7-9, and will include visits to fire museums in the area. On Monday, Nov. 10, there will be an optional bus tour of both horse farms and the "Bourbon Trail." (There will be an extra fee for the optional bus tour.)

The Seminar fee for early registration (up to October 10) is $175 for Fire Museum Network members and $205 for non-members. If more than one person from the same FMN member museum attends, the cost for additional people is $145. Registration after Oct 10 is $210 for FMN members and $240 for non-members. After Oct. 10, the cost for additional people from the same FMN member museum is $180. (Please note that the higher non-member rate will establish FMN membership.)

These costs include all sessions on Nov. 7-9, a bus tour to fire museums, two lunches, and hospitality room snacks. The optional bourbon trail (visiting two major bourbon distilleries) and horse farm tour on Nov. 10 costs $120 per person; it includes bus transportation, snacks, and visits.

The seminar programs will include topics related to fire museum administration, education, exhibits, and history. Presentations and discussions will be relevant for museums that are small or large, new or established. Museum management 101, saving oral history, fire horses, developing a new exhibit, teaching STEM at the museum, attracting motor coach tours, making displays more vibrant, and Ahrens-Fox are among the topics. "Here's What's Happening: Reports from Around the Country" will allow participants to make 3-minute presentations on their museums using AV resources as desired. Visits to fire museums in Cincinnati; Madison, IN; and Louisville are included in the regular program.

The conference hotel is the Clarion Hotel, 505 Marriott Drive, Clarksville, IN 47129, tel. 812-283-4411. FMN Seminar room rates for singles and doubles are both $82.95. Breakfast is not included, but there is a full restaurant on site. We will have meeting rooms there and a hospitality suite. Reservations after Oct. 16 will be provided on a space-available basis. The hotel has a complimentary shuttle service from/to the Louisville airport; please let them know your schedule needs in advance. (The Louisville airport is the closest major airport.)

The host museum is the new Vintage Fire Museum and Safety Education Center, 723 Spring St., Jeffersonville, IN, 47130. Its primary collection is the spectacular Fred Conway collection now housed in a beautiful new location.

You may register for the seminar by completing the form on the website: www.vintagefiremuseum.org, or by printing this attachment and sending it with payment to Vintage Fire Museum, 723 Spring St., Jeffersonville, IN 47130.

Scholarships for the 2014 Fire Museum Network Seminar are available. Click here to download and print.

We encourage you to bring several from your museum to the seminar. There will also be plenty of things for accompanying spouses and guests to do both in Louisville and in Southern Indiana, including Churchill Downs, Louisville Slugger Museum, Frazier Museum, the zoo, shopping, great restaurants, and more.

If you have questions, call 812-948-8711 or email us at curtandpam@earthlink.net

2014 Program Schedule
(Download printable PDF)

2014 Fire Museum Network Seminar
Jeffersonville, Indiana (across the Ohio River from Louisville, KY)
Schedule (as of July 28, 2014)
Unless otherwise noted, events take place at the Clarion Hotel, 505 Marriott Dr.,
    Clarksville, IN; tel. 812-283-4411

Thursday, November 6
4:00 PM-6:00 – Fire Museum Network Board Meeting, Clarion Hotel
7:00-9:00 – Registration and Socializing, Clarion Hotel
•    Hospitality room open 7:00-10:00.
•    There is a full restaurant and a bar at the hotel.  There are several good eateries along the river, in downtown Jeffersonville, in downtown New Albany, and in downtown Louisville.
•    Derby Dinner Theatre, next to the hotel, will be presenting “The Game’s Afoot.”  Doors open at 6 for a buffet dinner; curtain is at 7:45.  $41.  Tel. 877-898-8577.  Performances every evening and Sunday matinee; prices vary.  (Discounts for AAA, military, and orders made through the Clarion.)

Friday, November 7
Breakfast on own
8:00 AM on – Registration (Hotel)
8:00 – Hospitality room open
9:00 – Welcome and Announcements
9:30 – “Running a Museum 101,” Sally Newkirk, Director, Carnegie Museum
10:45 – “Don’t Miss Out: Record Oral History,” Prof. Diane Reid, Indiana University Southeast, comments by Margaret Coghlan, Buffalo Fire Historical Society
12:00 – Lunch (provided)
1:00 – “Here’s What’s Happening: Reports from Fire Museums Around the Country,” 3-minute presentations from representatives of the Fire Museums (power-points, DVD’s, etc. welcome but not necessary)
2:30 – “Pull in the Motor Coaches: Do’s and Don’ts,” Nicole Twigg, Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau
3:45 – “Ahrens-Fox: Quite a Story!,” Matt Lee, Plymouth, MI
5:00 – Socializing in the Hospitality Room, Dinner on own
7:30 – Touring the Vintage Fire Museum and Safety Education Center (features the     Fred Conway collection and several additions) and the Annex; presentation with questions and answers on the formation of the museum.  723 Spring St., Jeffersonville, IN

Saturday, November 8
Breakfast on own
8:15 – Leave from hotel on buses; some information provided on the buses
10:15 – Tour Cincinnati Fire Museum; presentation on the museum and on Cincinnati firefighting history
11:45 – Lunch (provided) at the Cincinnati museum
12:30 – Travel by bus to Madison, Indiana
2:00 – Tour the new, privately operated Madison Fire Museum; presentation on the museum and local firefighting history
3:00 – Travel by bus to Louisville, KY
4:15 – Tour the Louisville Fire Museum; presentation on the museum and local firefighting history
5:00  - Return by bus to hotel
Dinner on own (hotel has a prime rib buffet that evening)
Evening free

Sunday, November 9
Breakfast on own
8:00 – Hospitality room open
9:30 – “Designing a New Exhibit: Basic Concepts,” Steve Heaver, Fire Museum of Maryland
10:30 – “Horses’ Tales/Tails: The Realities and Romance of the Fire Horse – A Program in Honor of Kentucky Horse Country,” David Lewis, Aurora Regional Fire Museum
11:30 – Brunch (provided)
12:30 – “Adding Motion and Interest to Your Safety Displays,” Bill Hall, Central Ohio Fire Museum
1:30 – “Using Your Fire Museum to Teach STEM,” Prof. James Hollenbeck, Indiana University Southeast
2:45 – “Ask People With Experience: Panel Discussion on Improving Our Museums”
4:30 – Walking the Big Four Bridge (optional); possible display of Ahrens-Fox engines at the Vintage Fire Museum
6:00     Dinner on own (hotel dining room might not be open)
Evening free

Monday, November 10
Breakfast on own
8:30 – Leave by bus for visit to a Kentucky Horse Farm and tour of two bourbon distilleries in the Frankfort area.  Lunch provided.  Special registration and fee required for this trip.
4:30 – Return to hotel

There are, of course, many other things to see and do while in this area.  (Downtown Louisville is less than 10 minutes away by car.)  Examples include the Louisville Slugger bat factory and museum, the Muhammad Ali Center/Museum, the Frazier History Museum, Churchill Downs (the fall meet will be in full swing; racing is at 12:40 PM Wed. through Sun.), the Churchill Downs Museum, the Howard Steamboat Museum, Falls of the Ohio, a nearby casino, several historical sites, and much more.  There are also plenty of shopping opportunities including art galleries and antique stores.