10/14/07 152 W, 1 I - + 14 - 13 Chapel Hill Fire Department History Exhibit

On August 23, 2007, the Chapel Hill Museum, in collaboration with the Chapel Hill Fire Department, opened a permanent exhibit entitled Heroes of Yesterday, Heroes of Today - The History of the Chapel Hill Fire Department. The multimedia display includes a documentary film featuring interviews with retired CHFD firefighters. A time line, beginning with the department’s inception in 1896, contains photos and articles spanning the town’s major fires and department milestones.

CHFD badges and uniforms throughout the years, as well as call books from the early 1900’s are just a few of the historical artifacts included in the exhibit. The centerpiece of the installation is Chapel Hill’s first motorized fire truck, a 1914 Ford. Designed and curated by CHFD First Sergeant Chris Bradley and Chapel Hill Museum Director, Traci Davenport, the exhibit reception hosted 200 community members, CHFD retirees, and current employees.

See exhibit photos from Lee Wilson.

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