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Aurora Fire Museum news

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Charles Goodwin knew he was returning to Aurora to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Aurora Regional Fire Museum he helped start, but the 95-year-old retired captain, who joined the fire department in 1957 and was the museum’s first curator, had no idea that part of the celebration included a ceremony renaming a room after him and his late wife Georgia.

Museum Executive Director Brian Failing announced a number of upcoming projects in honor of the museum’s 50th anniversary that included restoring the 1942 LaFrance fire engine to working condition and displaying it in the area where this ceremony was taking place. Other exhibits opening this year include a history of the building and the architect who designed it and a full encompass of the story of the Aurora Fire Department.

From the minute he entered the museum Wednesday morning, the still-spry nonegenarin was greeted by generations of firefighters, former chiefs, many community leaders, and his friends from the decades spent living and working in Aurora.

In 1966 Fire Chief Erwin Bauman asked Goodwin to start researching and archiving the history of the department so it would not be lost. Goodwin said his wife Georgia, who passed away eight years ago to the day of this ceremony, spent lots of time over at the library, sitting in a dark room reading microfilm from all the newspapers since 1836.

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New exhibit at the Aurora Regional Fire Museum

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Aurora Fire Museum

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news, notes, and announcements from the


Sat. Nov. 29
Exhibit opening
and contest judging
from 1 to 4pm

Thurs. Dec. 18
Raffle winners

Sat. Dec. 20
Exhibit closes and
gingerbread FIREhouses may be picked up from
the museum
Join us this Saturday (Nov. 29th) from 1 to 4pm for the Aurora Regional Fire Museum’s 6th annual holiday exhibit opening and Gingerbread FIREhouse Contest.More than a dozen gingerbread FIREhouses, fire stations, and burning buildings have been specially crafted for this event.  Contest rules state that all entries depict a firefighting themed architectural structure (real or imaginary), and that everything except for the base,  must be 100% edible. Over $500 in cash and prizes will be awarded by a panel of judges.


Also back for the holidays are our family of festive firehouse mice who have taken up residence to decorate the Aurora Regional Fire Museum. See CoCo as he bakes in the museum’s kitchen, Sparks as he tries to ring a fire bell, and Ashes as he decorates a 1948 fire engine…. We’ll give you a special treat if you can spot all the holiday mice.

The Gingerbread FIREhouse Exhibit opens — and will be judged — on Saturday, November 29th with special activities, FREE admission for the day, a visit from Santa the Fire Chief, storytelling, a holiday mouse hunt, and more. All gingerbread FIREhouses will remain on exhibit at the Aurora Regional Fire Museum though Saturday December 20th, and most will be available by raffle.

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For more information about the Aurora Regional Fire Museum’s Gingerbread FIREhouse Contest and Holiday Exhibit, along with the latest hours, exhibit, and special event information, visit the Aurora Regional Fire Museum’s website:


Vintage ad from Fire Engineering

Captain Steve Lusted of the Batavia Fire Department submitted the following:

Since you  posted an old Fire Engineering photo, I thought you might be interested in this advertisement from Nov 1949.

Originally BFD Engine 3, a 1948 American LaFrance 1000-gpm, the unit is now housed at the Aurora Fire Museum.

Fire Engineering Magazine November 1948 Batavia Fire Department American LaFrance

Alco-Lite ad from November 1949 as seen in Fire Engineering Magazine. Steve Lusted collection

American LaFrance 700 series engine

This Batavia engine, a 1948 American LaFrance 700-Series engine with 1,000-GPM pump and 500-gallon water tank was refurbished in 1956. Larry Shapiro photo

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Behind the Scenes… Exhibit Museums Un-Crated

The Aurora Fire Museum is having a program on Wednesday, October 20th entitled:

Behind the Scenes of the Exhibit Museums Un-Crated

click HERE to learn more about it.