fire museum seminar
The Fire Museum Seminar
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 years later
the Fire Museum Network has decided to become an autonomous entity, separated from the IAFC in order to better serve our mission.
Before you come...
A few helpful hints, tips, suggestions and
reminders of things to bring to the Fire Museum
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
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
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 to spare).
Bring business cards and a small
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
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.
Past Fire Museum Seminars
(click to view that year's
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
1998 - Louisville, KY
1999 - Kansas City,
2000 - Dallas,
2001 - New Orleans,
2002 - Kansas City,
2003 - Dallas,
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
1997 Fire Museum Seminar
attendees pause for a
group photo while visiting the "Old Tige"
Dallas Firefighters Museum
Fire Museum Seminar attendees
tour the Kansas City Fire Museum in 1996
In years past the Fire Museum Network has
a booth on the convention floor to promote our
organization and fire museums in