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1989 - Indianapolis, IN
1990 - Orlando, FL
1991 - Toronto, ONT.
1992 - Anaheim, CA
1993 - Dallas, TX
1994 - St. Louis, MO
1995 - Louisville, KY
1996 - Kansas City MO
1997 - Dallas TX
1998 - Louisville, KY
1999 - Kansas City, MO
2000 - Dallas, TX
2001 - New Orleans, LA
2002 - Kansas City, KS
2003 - Dallas, TX
2004 - no seminar held
2005 - Indianapolis, IN
2006 - Columbus, OH
2007 - Denver, CO
2008 - Aurora, IL
2009 - Phoenix, AZ
2010 - Baltimore, MD
2011 - Ypsilanti, MI
2012 - Los Angeles, CA
2013 - New York, NY
2014 - Jeffersonville, IN
2015 - Buffalo, NY
2016 - San Antonio, TX
The Fire Museum Seminar
FIRE MUSEUM NETWORK SEMINAR
was held in San Antonio, Texas
We had a GREAT time in Texas!
Stay tuned for announcement
of the 2017 Seminar location.
Member organizations are
reminded to apply for grants.
The application form is available on the website.
Not a member? JOIN & SAVE!
Attendees of the 2010 Fire
Museum Network Seminar in Baltimore MD
It is a mix of formal presentations, informal discussions, and tours
of local fire and non-fire museum sites…. It’s educational
seminars about both operating a museum and firefighting history….
It’s for those who are just starting a fire museum, and those
who have been around a while…. It is a time to learn, and
a place to see and hear what dozens of other museums are doing (or
perhaps what they should be doing)…. It is a chance for you
to share problems and solutions, exchange ideas and information,
and compare your organization with others…. It is an opportunity
network. It is late nights spent discussing how many steam fire
engines are left in the country, new exhibit techniques, or the
merits of the latest museum collections database program. In short,
it's… great friends, great food, and a great fun!
In 1989 the IAFC sponsored an informal "seminar" for fire museums
during their large Fire-Rescue
International conference. Nine fire museums, from
New York to California, attended that first
meeting, and by the end of the two-days, all vowed
to come back next year. The annual Fire Museum
Seminar was born.
Now more than twenty-five years later the Fire Museum Network has decided
to become an autonomous entity, separated from the IAFC in order
to better serve our mission.
Grants are available for current Fire Museum Network (FMN)
members to attend the Educational Seminar and Annual
Meeting. The number of Grants to be awarded is dependent
upon the previous year's FMN membership income.
Click here for 2016 scholarship application
A few helpful hints, tips, suggestions and reminders of things
to bring to the Fire Museum Seminar --
The Fire Museum Seminar is very casual - (you are welcome to "show
your own colors" by wearing a T-shirt from your museum).
Bring brochures and promotional materials
We encourage you to bring copies of your museum's brochure, newsletter,
and any other promotional material for distribution to the Fire
Museum Seminar attendees (plan on approximately 40 to 50 people).
You might also want to bring additional copies of your museum's
brochure for distribution to the "general attendees" at our Fire
Museum Network booth in the exhibit hall (bring as many as you want
Bring business cards and a small notepad
Networking-networking-networking -- it's all about networking. Make
sure to bring plenty of business cards to pass out. I also find
it helpful to bring a small pocket-sized notebook to jot down names,
notes, ideas, and make "to-do" lists.
Bring some photos/video of your museum
Usually there is ample time to talk ("network") with the other Fire
Museum Seminar attendees, and we are all interested to see your
building, exhibits, apparatus or even what your artifact storage
("junk") room looks like. While photographs are the easiest to show-around,
usually we will be able to scroung up a slide projector or TV/VCR
if that is what's required.
In years past the Fire Museum Network has
a booth on the convention floor to promote
organization and fire museums in general.
Fire Museum Seminar attendees tour the
Kansas City Fire Museum in 1996
1997 Fire Museum Seminar attendees
pause for a group photo while visiting the
"Old Tige" Dallas Firefighters Museum