03/20/09 354 W - + 8 - 14 New Bern Firemen's Museum Opens, 1957


The conference proceedings of the 1957 state firemen's convention included this announcement of the completion and dedication of the New Bern Firemen's Museum. Mr. Brinson, who provides his address for those requesting information, was a member of New Bern's Atlantic Steam Fire Engine Co. No. 1, and the Statistician of the North Carolina Fireman's Association from 1940 to 1962. Fifty-two years later, the museum is still going strong. Visit their web site, or view some pics taken in December. The announcement from 1957:

The New Bern Firemen's Museum was completed and dedicated on June 24, 1957. The Ambassador from Switzerland, Mr. H. de Torrente, honored the City of New Bern with his presence for the occasion. There was a banquet in his honor at Governor Tryon Hotel by the firemen and City of New Bern. The Ambassador presented the museum with many interesting fire items from the fire department of Berne, Switzerland, a Swiss flag from his country, and a number of beautiful colored pictures of scenes from Berne. He also unveiled a portrait of the Swiss Baron Christopher de Graffenried who founded and settled New Bern in 1710.

Our museum has two world's record pieces of old equipment, a horse-drawn steamer that went into service in 1874, and a hose wagon that established a world record in Charlotte in 1911. In addition to this, we have the Atlantic steamer that went into service in 1879, and another wagon that also made records prior to1910. Many firemanic trophies, fire items, murals, old pictures, fire bell, fire horse Fred (head mounted), and many, many things of interest. There is no charge for admission at the present and none completed for the near future. You will enjoy a visit to the only exclusive Volunteer Firemen's Museum in the eleven Southeastern states.

If you would like a pamphlet, enclose in a letter a 3-cent stamp and your name and address and mail it to Albert W. Brinson, Secretary-Treasurer, Box 887, New Bern, N.C. The museum is open most of the day and the early part of the evening. It is located back of the Central Fire Station on Broad Street. Everyone is welcome.







  
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