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Artifacts spread throughout the facility show how firefighters lived. A turn-of-the-century Criterion Music Box entertained members when they returned to quarters. Ask a staffer to play it for you. A gallery traces the history of firefighting through art. Check out the international firefighting headgear.
Year-long events make a membership at the Fire Museum of Maryland an exciting treat. Activities in 2001 include Founder's Day and the 30th Anniversary Celebration on Sept. 8, followed by a Hand-Pumping Muster on Sept. 9. October events include Family Safety Day (Oct. 9) and Lantern Night (Oct. 27). Movie Days, Story Time and Craft Day events along with all Fire Museum of Maryland information can be accessed by dialing (410-321-7500) or via its website at www.firemuseummd.org.
Joseph Louderback, a Firehouse® contributing editor, served as editor of the FDNY's Publications Unit and as a government affairs reporter. He is a 20-year member of the Milmont Fire Company in Milmont Park, PA, and conducts media relations programs for the fire service.