12/24/09 179 W, 2 I - + 12 - 5 Chapel Hill Fire Department at the Chapel Hill Museum

Returning from Greensboro, Mr. Blogger paid a visit to the Chapel Hill Museum at 523 East Franklin Street and its fine fire department display1.The centerpiece is a 1914 Ford Model T hose car, the town's first fire engine. The museum's had that truck for some time, and added a permanent exhibit on the history of the fire department in August 2007.

The multimedia exhibit includes a documentary film featuring interviews with retired firefighters, a timeline of the department's history, and numerous artifacts. As this press release on FireNews reported, the exhibit was designed and curated as a collaboration between CHFD First Sergeant Chris Bradley and museum director Traci Davenport. Alas, the museum was closing as these pictures were taken. Good excuse for a return visit!


1Note the effectiveness of the display within a relatively small space. Thinking about a historical display for your fire department? Lots can be done with minimal space. Here's what Fayetteville's history room looks like. Er, what it did look like, a couple years ago.

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