Glenbow, Lougheed House & Us!

It’s official. We’re everywhere! As most of you know, we’ve partnered with Lougheed House in the exhibit Pomp & Circumstance: Celebrations of the Fire Department Kind – opening in just one week! (It runs from October 26, 2016 to January 29, 2017). Our Museum Assistant Catherine has assumed the role of lead preparator for the project and has done an amazing job!

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Museum Assistant Catherine prepping foam core for the display cases!

We’ve also just been given the keys to our new location in partnership with the Glenbow Museum! THAT’S RIGHT! We’ll be installing a pop-up exhibit in the old Manny’s Cafe! Pop by for a visit starting November 4 and running until the end of April! Stay tuned for progress reports. Rumour has it there will be cake.

We are thrilled to be connected with these two cultural institutions and hope that our partnerships allow us all to make more connections within the community. We’re stronger together!

 

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Museum Board Director & CFD Firefighter Lieutenant Stephen J. measures the space to make sure all his good ideas are going to fit! You’re going to have to come and check it out!

And of course, we’re working on our new space to open in Summer 2017. In the interim, please stop by any of our satellite locations (Lougheed House and Glenbow Museum) to say hello, check out our exhibits – who knows there might even be a firefighter or two hanging around!

#teamawesome

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A view of the creative chaos in our office! How my brain feels sometimes.

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Great things happen in threes

As many of you know, we’ve been under construction for almost four years now. In fact, since taking the job with the Firefighters Museum of Calgary, our permanent gallery spaces have been closed for longer than they’ve been open!

Not for long!

You know the saying that GREAT things happen in threes?  Check this out:

FIRST GREAT THING

Our fabulous exhibit:  Pomp & Circumstance: Celebrations of the Fire Department Kind, opens at the Lougheed House from October 27, 2016 to  – January 29, 2017. Featuring artefacts from our collection, the Calgary Stampede, the Glenbow Museum and private collectors, this exhibit explores the celebratory and community minded activities of the Calgary Fire Department.

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A celebration of the fire department kind in original Fire Station #1 – perhaps a visit by the Royals? circa 1885 – 1911, FMC Collection

 

SECOND GREAT THING

We’re also collaborating with another cultural institution in our community and although we’re bursting at the seams to tell you who it is  and what we’re up to,  we’re going to keep it under wraps for a little while longer!

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THIRD GREAT THING

We’re working on a tentative opening date for SUMMER 2017 for our brand new museum! Construction is under way and here’s a sneak peek of what’s going on behind the scenes:

I’ll be posting progress reports on a more regular basis so come back often. Got a question, suggestion or comment? Send the museum a message here: info@firefightersmuseum.org

Rebecca