Getting There, Getting Water, Getting Rescued:
An Interactive Tour of our Exhibits
From simple buckets to modern fire apparatus, your group will explore the evolution of the tools and technology used to fight fires and save lives. Visitors will participate in a “hands-on” bucket brigade, seeing the horse-stalls and our "real" fire horses, and watching a demonstration of a fire alarm system as a bell rings and a ticker tape notifies the station of an alarm. All this is in addition to seeing five pieces of fire apparatus ranging in age from the 1850s though the 1950s.
Function, Form and the old Firehouse:
An Architectural Presentation and Tour
of the old Central Fire Station
What is architecture? What are some of the factors that influence the design of a building? These are some of the topics to be covered during this program that examines the roles of form and function in fire station architecture. Following a thirty-minute discussion and multi-media presentation in the museum’s second-floor Hay Loft Theater, your group will be treated to a quick peek in one of the fire station’s bunk rooms, see the fire pole, the former horse stalls, and the building’s impressive fire hose drying tower.
Museums and Community History:
Presentation and Research Activity
What do museums do? Why is history important? Following a thirty-minute discussion and multi-media presentation in the museum’s second-floor Hay Loft Theater, your group will be treated to a peek “behind-the-scenes” into the museum’s collection and archive, and discover what information can be gleaned from studying objects from the past.
The Great Chicago Fire of 1871:
A Presentation and Tour
Did the cow do it? What was so “great” about the Chicago Fire? Your group will gather in the museum’s second-floor Hay Loft Theater for a lively thirty-minute discussion/multi-media presentation on the history of the Great Chicago Fire. Following the program you will have an opportunity to see artifacts that survived the Great Chicago Fire.
Other presentations may be available upon request.