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Come join us for the 24th Annual Fire Museum Seminar
Los Angeles Fire Department Historical Soc., Hollywood, CA • September 27 – 30, 2012


Preliminary ScheduleHotel InfoDownload the Seminar Registration Form

The Los Angeles Fire Department Historical Society is happy to host this year’s annual Fire Museum Network Conference in Hollywood California! Networking with other fire museums across the country provides enriching opportunities to exchange ideas, concerns, and questions. It also allows participants to make personal observations about other exhibits and collections, which in turn strengthens each of our resources and makes our museums more dynamic and engaging to our community constituents.

We encourage you to review the registration materials and
REGISTER BEFORE June 30th!


Tenative Schedule of Events

Thursday, September 27th

Registration will begin Thursday morning at 8 AM at the LAFD Fire Museum.

9:00am - Annual FMN Membership Meeting, chaired by President Tom McDonald.

12:00noon - Buses will take us to the center of vintage downtown Los Angeles, the Historic Plaza. Here we will break for lunch at a selection of restaurants within walking distance.

1:00pm we will convene at the Old Plaza Fire Station, built in 1884, and tour this station which also is home to the local fire buff organization, the Box 15 Club.

2:30pm: we will travel a short distance to the African-American Firefighters Museum, located in Old Fire Station 30. Founder and curator Arnett Hartsfield will give a tour and discuss how he developed the idea of the museum and the efforts to make it a reality.

At the conclusion of the visit to the African-American Firefighters Museum, we will visit the new LAFD Metro Communications Center, also in Downtown Los Angeles.

From the Metro Center we will return to the LA Fire Museum and participants may determine their own plans for dinner.


Friday, September 28th - Educational Seminars

Commencing Friday morning will be an array of educational and informative seminars:

8:00am - Museum insurance considerations by Bill P, Insurance Consultant

9:00am - Disaster preparedness by Richard Moll, Chief Conservator, Autry Western Heritage Museum

10:00am - Break

10:15am - History of fire apparatus models by John A. Ackerman, LAFDHS

11:00am - Importance of replica scale models in museums, by Bill Conroy, Executive Director, Ventura County Maritime Museum

11:45am - Value of belonging to professional museum organizations, Karen Wade, Director, Homestead Museum

12:15 - Lunch!

1:30pm - Fund Raising with a golf tournament by Roger Gillis, LAFDHS

2:15pm - Museum lighting by David Steinitz, Fire Ltd.

3:00pm - Break

3:15pm - Fire Marks and how to distinguish between a real one and a reproduction, by Bill Pope, VP, Fire Mark Circle of the America's.

4:00pm - Starting a fire museum from scratch by Don Croucher, California Fire Museum.

5:00pm - Networking

6:00pm - Dinner

6:30pm - LAFD Incident Report by Joe Castro, BC LAFD



Saturday, September 29th - Museum tours!

8:30am - Travel to the Los Angeles County Fire Museum

11:00am - Buses leave for the Long Beach Firefighters Museum

12noon - Lunch, hosted by the Long Beach Firefighters Museum

1:00pm - Travel to the LAFD Harbor Museum in San Pedro. Included will be a visit to Old Fireboat 2, the Ralph J. Scott, the new Fireboat 2, the Warner L Lawrence at Fire Station 112.

4-4:30pm - Buses to return to the LAFD Fire Museum in Hollywood

Dinner will be on your own.



Sunday, September 30th

8:30am - Closing meeting and evaluations. Board meeting, subject to time/date change.

Optional trips (on your own). There is a plethora of museums in the greater Los Angeles Area. To name a few:

• The Autry National Center (Western heritage)
•  The Getty
• Travel Town Museum
• Peterson Automotive Museum
• The Nethercott Museum





Your Host -- the Los Angeles Fire Department Historical Society

The history of the Los Angeles Fire Department Historical Society goes back to 1960. On October 13, 1960, Fireman Bob Foster (Truck 17-B) was appointed the department's official historian by the Fire Commission. Foster dedicated himself to the history of the department and was effective in his position.

In 1981, Acting Chief Engineer Alan R. Evanson created a committee to support the history of the department. Two current members, Don Dodd and William Dahlquist were a part of that committee. The committee evolved into a formal organization, initially named "Olde 23s" based on the belief that the entity would be housed in old Fire Station 23. Early board meetings took place in City Hall East and minutes were delivered to the Chief Engineer, along with suggestions on action to be taken related to committee requirements and action. In 1998, Olde 23s became a non-profit public charity (501c3).

In 2001. Fire Station 27, rebuilt following significant earthquake damage, was slated to become a community center. With some dedicated commitment on the part of a number of local officials, historical society members, and LAFD management, the Los Angeles Fire Department Historical Society (renamed from Olde 23s) was given a long-term lease on the building by the city. In the years that followed, the LAFDHS developed an inventory of more than 30 pieces of LA-based firefighting apparatus, thousands of artifacts (some dating back to the 1880s), and hundreds of hours of film and video.

Today, the LAFDHS is home to the Fallen Firefighter Memorial, located in front of the Station 27 Museum in the heart of Hollywood, California. A second regional facility, Station 36 Museum, is based in San Pedro. The organization is also the caretaker of Old Fire Boat No. 2, the Ralph J. Scott, the longest serving piece of apparatus in the city's history at 77 years.


The Host Hotel -- Hollywood Hotel

Unlike past seminars, there is no single hotel this year where a block of rooms is reserved for seminar attendees. As such, attendees are free to book at any hotel in the area. The host museum staff has recommended the "Hollywood Hotel" (www.hollywoodhotel.net)" - located at 1160 N. Vermont Ave., Hollywood, CA. at 1160 N. Vermont Ave. This hotel is about 2 miles east of seminar headquarters, the LA City Fire Museum, 1355 N. Cahuenga Blvd, but is also within a block of a subway stop that also stops about 3 blocks (quarter-mile) from the museum.

The Hollywood Hotel offers seminar guests a rate of $139/night (plus tax) for either a single or two queen-size beds, including a full breakfast, and free WIFI access; however, lower rates MAY be available on the hotel’s web site. Parking is about $20.00 per day.

Note that you must call the hotel at 1-800-800-9733 and mention “Fire Museum Network” to get this group rate. ALL reservations booked at this hotel are subject to a one-night charge for cancellation ANY time after a reservation is made. A “no-charge” cancelable rate (if cancelled 48 hours prior to arrival) is available, but is higher and must be booked specifically over the phone. It is not available on the hotel’s web site.

Note as well, the following chain-affiliated hotels are all within one mile of the LA museum and were recentlychecked for availability. The following results are arranged from least expensive to most, and are shown for comparative purposes only without recommendation. Results were for a 9/26/12 check-in, a 9/30/12 departure, king bed, “best available” rate cancelable within 1-3 days of arrival. In each case, rates below do NOT include taxes and parking. Breakfast may be available with some rates.

• $69/night at Motel 6, 1738 Whitley Ave.
• $185/night at Best Western Plus, 6141 Franklin Ave.
• $209/night at Loews Hollywood Hotel, 1755 N. Highland
• $300/night at Holiday Inn Express, 1921 N. Highland
• $325/night at Andaz West Hollywood (division of Hyatt), 8401 Sunset Blvd


Now What?

Registration for this year's Fire Museum Seminar, is $225 ($205 for FMN Members) and includes all the seminars, handouts, admission and transportation into seven area museums and destinations, and two meals (Friday's lunch and dinner). If you register BEFORE JUNE 30, we will offer a DISCOUNTED REGISTRATION rate of $200 ($180 for FMN Members).

  • Before June 30th -- Download and print the registration information.
    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.

    2012 Fire Museum Seminar Registration Form.pdf

    Download, fill out, and return this registration form (with a check
    payable to the Los Angeles Fire Department Historical Society) to:

    Los Angeles Fire Department Historical Society
    1355 N. Cahuenga Blvd.
    Hollywood, CA 90028.

    Want more information, download a brief schedule at-a-glance agenda for the seminar: FMN2012_Sched.pdf

  • ASAP - Make your hotel reservations at the

Hollywood Hotel
1160 N. Vermont Ave.
Hollywood, CA.

The resort is offering a FMN Special of $139/night.
Please use the code: "Fire Museum Network Group"

Call: Mandy Rassuli, sales director,
at: 1-800-800-9733 or 310-701-8828
or visit their website:

www.hollywoodhotel.net

  • Make Air Reservations to Los Angeles

Still Have Questions?

Contact your seminar hosts at the

Los Angeles Fire Department Historical Society
1355 N. Cahuenga Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028