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We like to think we're the hottest place in town, but don't just take our word for it, read what others are saying about us in some of our recent reviews on Trip Advisor and Yelp.
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It's going to be a busy summer! In addition to the museum’s ongoing programs, the Board has initiated several new projects for the remainder of the year. These new projects include: educational programs for 1,300 Aurora summer school students, and the research and the writing of a comprehensive history book of the Aurora Fire Department. Building on the stories found in the book will be a 1,200 sq. ft. exhibit highlighting specific achievements of the department. Plans also include a late fall party celebrating the 110th birthday of the museum’s home, Aurora’s “Old Central Fire Station.”
We are pleased to announce six new members have joined to complement the full Board of Directors for the Aurora Regional Fire Museum. The members are:
Mark Baum, Vice President
Chris Beykirch, Secretary
John Nolan, President
Rick Peabody, Treasurer
The full Board now consists of several retired Aurora firefighters, and others with family ties to the Aurora Fire Department, business owners, construction professionals, CPA and financial leaders with extensive non-profit experience, a deputy fire chief from a neighboring community, a former Aurora alderman, and a high school science teacher.
The Executive Director, Deborah Davis stated “This is the first time in the museum’s history all Board seats are occupied. We are pleased with the diversity of skills offered by these talented members in support of our mission. Through their leadership we envision a healthy future.”
September 2008 -- The ARFMs new interactive exhibit "Getting There, Getting Water Getting Rescued" received an award of Excellence from the Illinois Association of Musuems.
We are honored to announce that the Aurora Firefighters Local 99 has voted to purchase annual museum family memberships for all of their 175 members! With this decision we are nearing 100% participation on the members of the Aurora Fire Department.
Below are links to some of our old projects that
aren't news anymore, but we're still proud of them
On Saturday, August 25, 2012, the Aurora Regional Fire Museum, (often billed as the Hottest place in town), turned turning Hot-Pink when three pink fire engines roll into town as part of the Guardian’s of the Ribbon - National Pink Heals Tour.
Tech Effect: Chicago Fire
The Aurora Regional Fire Museum was again asked to assist in the filming of a television documentary about the Chicago Fire. The History Channel's Tech Effect used artifacts and images from the museum's collection, and David Lewis, Curator was invited to participate as one of the show's historical consultants and technical advisors.
Aurora Fire Department's 150th Anniversary
All trucks are back in quarters, the firefighters are resting up for the next “big one,” and the citizens of Aurora and surrounding communities are asking, “when are you gonna do it again?” While the AFD's 150th Anniversary Celebration is over, you are invited to relive the events (or see what you missed) by browsing through the hundreds of photographs documenting all the events..
Handtub Fire Engine Expo
On Saturday, June 26th, 20004, a dozen hand operated fire engines gathered at the Aurora Regional Fire Museum for the largest hand-tub fire engine muster to be held in Illinois since the 1800s.
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