Firefighter Dayna and Tango the Fire Safety Dog
Wednesday, October 1st, Doors open at 6:30pm
Firefighter and nationally recognized fire safety expert, Dayna Hilton, known as “Firefighter Dayna” to millions of children and their caregivers, will be at the Aurora Regional Fire Museum with her four-legged companion, Molly the Fire Safety Dog.
Hilton will read her critically acclaimed award-winning children’s fire safety book, Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog, and share her presentation that has been credited with helping save the lives of seven children and two adults. Children will delight in singing along with Firefighter Dayna as they learn about recognizing the sound and importance of smoke alarms as well as making and having an escape map. Children will also learn how often to practice home exit drills and watch as Molly demonstrates crawling low under the smoke. Firefighters from the Aurora Fire Department will participate in the program and will share with the children how firefighters are their friends and are there to help them.
After the program, guests will have the opportunity to meet Firefighter Dayna, pet Molly the Fire Safety Dog, meet the Aurora Firefighters and tour the Aurora Regional Fire Museum's interactive exhibits.
Doors open at 6:30pm, program begins at 7:00. The event is hosted by the Aurora Regional Fire Museum, in cooperation with the Aurora Fire Department, and sponsored by First Alert and the Keep Kids Fire Safe Foundation. This event is FREE - but seating is limited, and tickets are requested. Register now to reserve your spot
The Great Chicago Fire of 1871
Thursday, October 9th, Doors open at 6:30pm
Sunday, October 8, 1871 at 8:30 pm in a barn behind the O’Leary home on West DeKoven Street (just south/west of downtown), a cow, a spark, and an unfortunate series of events would set the stage for one of the greatest disasters in American history. Although no one knows the actual cause of the fire, it is a popular story to think that Mrs. O’Leary’s cow kicked over a lantern in her wood barn. Did the cow do it? Was the Water Tower the only building to have survived? What was so “great” about the Chicago Fire?
David Lewis, Curator of the Aurora Regional Fire Museum, and a nationaly recognized historian on the Great Chicago Fire will present a lively forty-five minute discussion/multi-media presentation on the history of the Great Chicago Fire. Following the program the audience will have an opportunity to see artifacts that survived the Great Chicago Fire and get a sneak peek at the museum's new proposed Chicago Fire exhbit.
Doors open at 6:30pm, program begins at 7:00pm. This event is FREE - but seating is limited, and tickets are requested. Register now to reserve your spot.
Fire Strikes the Chicago Stockyards
Thursday, October 16th, Doors open at 6:30pm
Wade into the endless smoke of Chicago’s Union Stock Yards, the site of nearly three hundred extra-alarm fires before its closure in 1971, including some of the most disastrous conflagrations of a city famous for fire. In 1910, twenty-one firemen and three civilians were killed in a blaze at a beef warehouse—the largest death toll for an organized fire department in the nation prior to 9/11. The meatpackers who ran the yards considered the constant threat of fire as part of the cost of doing business, shrugging it off with an, “It’s all right, we’re fully covered.” For the firefighters who were forced to plunge into the flames again and again, it was an entirely different matter.
This program will be presented by John Hogan and Alex Burkholder, veteran Chicago newsmen and authors of the new book "Fire Strikes the Chicago Stock Yards." Following the program, books will be avalable for purchase and signing. Doors open at 6:30pm, program begins at 7:00. This event is FREE - but seating is limited, and reservations are requested. Register now to reserve your spot.