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Come join us for the 17th Annual Fire Museum Seminar
Columbus, Ohio • June 24-26, 2006

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What is a Fire Museum Seminar?
It is a balance of formal presentations, informal discussions, and a tours of local fire and museum sites. The tours and topics cover both firefighting history and museum practices. It's a chance for you to share you problems, and solutions. An opportunity to see what others museums are doing (and perhaps what they are not doing but should be)... It is a opportunity to compare yourself and your organization with others. It is a time to "network." It is late nights spent spent in a hotel lobby discussing how many steam fire engines are left in the country, or the merits of the latest museum collections database program. It's great friends, good food, lots of walking and talking and a great time all around!

We're back!
The Fire Museum Network is proud to announce its
2006 Fire Museum Seminar.

Welcome to the 17th annual Fire Museum Network Seminar, this year being held June 25 and 26 in Columbus, Ohio. This immediately follows the National SPAAMFAA convention also being held in Columbus June 21-24. The National Muster will be Saturday, June 24 and those wishing to arrive early will be provided transportation to the site. Anyone wishing information on the SPAAMFAA host hotel contact Bill Hall, Central Ohio Fire Museum.

For the latest UDATES on the SEMINAR or for current hotel information, see below. Still have questions? Then email cofmuseum@aol.com

Preliminary Schedule for the 2005 Fire Museum Seminar

Saturday - June 23th
9:00 to 3:00pm -
SPAAMFAA National Convention -Fire Apparatus Muster (bus transportation will be provided for those who wish to arrive early and enjoy this event)


Sunday - June 23th
Monday - June 23th
9:00 am
Opening remarks, introductions & information (Bob Vallero, President, Fire Museum Network and Bill Hall, Program Chair)


Breakfast on your own at the hotel
9:30 am
Presentation: "The Central Ohio Fire Museum Story" (William Hall, COFM)

8:45 am

Meet in hotel's Buckeye Room for remarks and information, before walking across the street to the COFM 
10:00 am
Guided tour : Walk across the street for a tour Columbus Fire Museum - The building; present and future, and fire history displays

9:15 am

Presentation : "Managing a gift shop" Co-op purchasing and consignment sales (Sue Hudak, Dick Byrd, COFM)
10:45 am

10:30 am

11:00 am
Guided tour : "Safety Street" exhibit at Columbus Fire Museum (George Hudak, COFM)

10:45 am

Round table discussion: Gift shops-all participants Share your successful (or not) ideas
11:45 am
Return to Red Roof Inn for catered lunch

12:00 noon

Presentation: "Creating a Visual Hierarchy Using Captions and Objects" (Bill Mahon, Exhibit Design, Ohio Historical Society) Learn some of the basic techniques the Ohio Historical Society‘s exhibit design department uses in its exhibits to display a wide range of collections. This workshop will cover ways to create a basic visual hierarchy established between captions and objects; techniques that can be used to produce your own captions, as well as suggested object groupings and the layering of secondary interpretative information.

1:15 pm

Tour of COFM warehouse and restoration area: See the just completed 1915 Model T Ford American LaFrance Hose and Chemical Fire Engine and 1885 Gleason & Bailey Village Hand Pumper


Presentation: "Community Resources and Partnerships" (financial and in-kind contributions) to help with apparatus restoration, building maintenance and display construction (Bill Hall, COFM)
2:45 pm
FMN's General Membership Meeting


4:30 pm

2:45 pm

Round table discussion: Share your successful partnership experiences
6:00 to ?? pm
Dinner: Buffet at dinner in Damon's Restaurant (located one-half block walk from the hotel) Informal networking in Damon’s private dinning room will follow.

4:30 pm

Return to the hotel

5:45 pm

Board buses to the dinner dinner at Schmidt’s German Village Restaurant

Hotel Reservations

Our host hotel will be the Red Roof Inn Downtown, 111 E. Nationwide Blvd. We have a block of five rooms for Friday if you plan to arrive early. There are twenty-five rooms blocked for Sat, Sun and Mon, first come-first served. Reservation cut-off is June 2. Smoking rooms available by request, all located on the 4th floor. Columbus is a no smoking in public places city. The hotel is across the street from the Central Ohio Fire Museum and within walking distance of several restaurants. All activities will occur in the hotel or the fire museum. There are many other hotels in the downtown area but this will be the best rate and most convenient access to seminar events. Downtown Columbus is approximately 5 miles from the airport.

Our group rate is $92.99 per night (plus applicable taxes), 1-4 people per room. A business room is available for an additional $5 per night. A Continental breakfast is served daily 7-10 am. Parking is available for $10 a day with unlimited in/out access. All activities will be within walking distance of the hotel and mini buses will be available as needed courtesy of the Columbus Division of Fire.

Book your reservation by phone:

Hotel’s direct number: (614) 224-6539
Red Roof Inn's central reservations: 1-800-733-7663

The host hotel is: Red Roof Inn Downtown
It is located at 111 E. Nationwide Blvd.

Reservation group name: Fire Museum Seminar

The Fire Museum Network’s nightly group rate is 92.99 (plus tax) for 1-4 people

Book your reservation online:


Fire Museum Seminar Registration Form

We have saved this year's Fire Museum Seminar Registration Form as a "pdf" document. You will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader software to open this file.

2006 Fire Museum Seminar Registration Form.pdf

Download, fill out, and return this registration form
(with a check payable to the Central Ohio Fire Museum) to:

“FMN Seminar,”
260 N Fourth Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215


If you'd like more information about our organization,
David Lewis, dlewisarfm@aol.com