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Aurora Regional Fire Museum
Press Notification

For release the week of February 26, 2016

For more information, contact:
. Marty Kunkel, President
. Aurora Regional Fire Museum

. email:
. Phone (630) 256-4140


The Aurora Regional Fire Museum announces the retirement of David Lewis, a co-founder, Curator, Board of Director and a longtime friend of the fire service. His dedication and passion in preserving the history of the Aurora and surrounding fire departments within the walls of the Museum will truly be missed.

As David stated in his resignation "the Aurora Regional Fire Museum has been my life's work for nearly twenty-five years. As I've often said, it's become "my baby." Unfortunately, I was an overprotecting parent - failing to properly prepare and encourage the organization's independence and growth into adulthood. In short, I fostered a classic culture of "Founder's Syndrome" - and for this I am truly regretful.

However, I am encouraged by the direction of the new board members and staff. Their progress and enthusiasm is refreshing. In the last few months alone, I've had the pleasure of seeing members of the curatorial committee draft much-needed revisions to the collections policy and procedures. Members of the newly formed marketing committee have a well thought out vision and direction, and I am excited about the programs and ideas being pursued by the members of the education committee. I am also thankful to have participated in the selection process for a new executive director, and am confident in the abilities of all the candidates who have made it onto the short-list. With their skills and fresh new approach, along with the board's continued leadership, I am emboldened about the museum's future.

You, members of the board and staff, have a busy (and perhaps challenging) road ahead. With that said, I feel now is the time for me to step-aside from the Aurora Regional Fire Museum so that the new team is not unduly influenced by my position as a "founder."

Therefore, effective February 25,2016, I tender my resignation as a volunteer for the Aurora Regional Fire Museum, and also my position as a member of the board for the Aurora Fire Station Preservation Corporation.


About the Aurora Regional Fire Museum
The Aurora Regional Fire Museum a non-profit, tax exempt, educational institution located in Aurora's old Central Fire Station. The museum features a variety of interactive exhibits designed to educate and entertain children, families, and firefighters.

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