The 150th Anniversary of the Aurora Fire Department, Aurora Illinois


Help preserve our (your) history
help transcribe the Goodwin History Notebooks

Wanna read about when the first paid firefighters
were hired in Aurora? Or about the day they
started working two-shifts? Curious about
when first
motorized engine was delivered,
the day Aurora’s last fire horse retired, or
when the fire department took over
the ambulance service?

Do you like history? Know how to type?

In the 1960’s and 70’s, Charlie and Georga Goodwin read and hand-copied the history of the Aurora Fire Department newspapers on microfilm at the library. Now we’re hoping to transcribe (retype) that information into a computer so that we can sort, index, search, and better document the department’s history.We have sixty-nine notebooks (dating from 1856 to 1963) that need to be transcribed. Each book is approximatly 100 pages of easy-to-read penmenship, and contains facinating day-to-day-details of the Aurora Fire Deparment.

We’re looking for a few volunteers to help with this project. Each book has been photocopied, so you can work at on your own computer (at home or at the station?), and set your own hours.

Sound interesting? Wanna know more?
Contact David Lewis, Curator for the ARFM
or by phone: (630) 258-5878

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