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December 31, 2016

As another year draws to a close, we’re taking this opportunity to explore how the fire department recorded its actions and adventures. Larger, city-wide departments – as well as many smaller companies, whether paid or volunteer – kept records of daily life in the...

December 9, 2016

     Being a small museum, one of the most frequently used means of communication we have are text panels. Placed throughout the museum, they convey various bits of information to our visitors, and are designed to provide greater context for whatever object the vis...

November 25, 2016

Each year, the United States Marine Corps Reserve puts on a toy drive to collect and distribute toys to less fortunate children in local communities. Since its founding in 1947, the annual Toys for Tots toy drive has distributed more than 500 million toys to childr...

November 22, 2016

Did you know that many companies, including Microsoft, Verizon, General Electric, and many others match donations (view more examples at https://doublethedonation.com/matching-grant-resources/list-matching-gifts-companies/) from employees to nonprofits?

Many compa...

November 3, 2016

Each year around Halloween, the Fire Museum of Maryland hosts a special evening event called “Lantern Night.” We turn down most of the lighting, and supplement it with period lamps and lanterns. One of our board members spends several hours wiring up various colore...

October 26, 2016

Due to the nature of our wheeled collections, repairing these vehicles is not as simple as going to the local auto parts store. While radiator hoses, fuel lines, and brake fluid are simple enough to find, buying a replacement valve spring for a 1935 Stutz (Engine 3...

August 26, 2016

The 2016 summer meeting of the Society for the Preservation and Appreciation of Antique Motor Fire Apparatus in America (SPAAMFAA) was held in Middletown, New York, recently. SPAAMFAA exists “to serve as a place where people having an interest in antique fire appar...

August 1, 2016

As we described in a recent blog post, this past spring the Fire Museum of Maryland received a significant donation from the McLaughlin Company Insurance Agency. In order to showcase this donation, we have been hard at work renovating one of our galleries. These ch...

May 2, 2016

Recently, the Fire Museum of Maryland was the recipient of a substantial gift from the McLaughlin Company insurance agency of Rockville, Maryland. They had a large collection of fire-themed artwork and early twentieth-century toys which had been acquired over the y...

April 15, 2016

Today we’re taking a closer look at one of the Fire Museum’s more unique pieces: an 1898 Hale water tower, once horse-drawn, that was used in the Great Fire of Baltimore in 1904, and for more than 60 years after.

One of the changes that resulted from the progression...

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