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    January 25, 2017
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    Engine House No. 5 Museum
    Kimberly Blum
    Engine House No.5 Museum Presents
    Night at Your Museum
    Allendale, MI – On February 10 and 11, 2017 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm Engine House No 5 Museum will present Night at Your Museum. This event will be held at Engine House No 5 Museum located at 6610 Lake Michigan Drive, Allendale MI. The entire museum will be transformed into an interactive learning experience where history will come alive.
    Dress rehearsal and invitation to media on February 7, 2017 at 7:00pm
    Actors will be in full costume so attendees can meet characters like the wife of Grand Rapids first fire chief and ask her about the major events that led up to the city’s first organized fire company, the Alert Fire Company, established when Grand Rapids was still a village.
    You’ll also learn about interesting firefighting history that changed code and how fire prevention is looked at today. Did you know that when supplies were short due to the war efforts Barnum and Bailey used a mixture of paraffin and gasoline to waterproof their big top tent? It took less than ten minutes to claim the lives of 169 people.
    An area will be transformed into the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. In 1911 fire broke out on the 8th floor with no alarm or way of notifying the workers on the 10th and 11th floors. Doors had been locked by the owners to prevent theft. No sprinkling system, a collapsing fire escape and fire department ladders that only reached the 6th floor lead to the death of 146 women.
    Many more interesting characters representing 7 significant stories in American fire history will come to life and visit us on February 10 and 11, 2017. Do not miss this one!  Tickets are $5 per person in advance, $7 at the door.  Purchase them at Engine House No 5 Museum, Hammer & Thread or online at www.enginehouse5.com under the web store tab.
    About Engine House No 5 Museum: Engine House No 5 originally sat along the banks of the Grand River in downtown Grand Rapids, MI at the corner of Leonard and Monroe Streets. Saved from the wrecking ball on her 100th birthday in 1980 she was relocated brick by brick to her current location in Allendale MI to continue her service as a museum. Engine House No 5 Museum is dedicated to preserving the rich heritage, history and traditions of fire fighting as well as inspiring wonder, learning, discovery and appreciation or our nation’s rich history.
    Jeffrey Blum, Engine House No. 5 Museum Foundation
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