One great example of this is an artifact collected from the Benefiel Fire this past January. The propane tank from a fork lift, the tank’s safety features failed when exposed to the extreme heat and it exploded. Does it belong in a museum? After all, it isn’t old. Torn completely open, it provides a great example of the dangers of modern firefighting. Covered with suit and charred, some of the museum’s volunteers thought that it should be scrubbed down to be more presentable. However, doing so would erase the visible affect of the explosion and damper the tank’s significance both historically and in telling the story of the risks that firefighters take when entering a burning building. Currently, the volunteers are working to create an exhibit talking about the modern dangers of firefighting. With luck it will be completed by AppleJack weekend.
A great time to see the display and support the Nebraska City Museum of Firefighting is by attending the Fire House Grill. An annual fund-raiser, the Grill is held from 11:00 – 2:00 on the Saturday of the AppleJack Festival, September 16. Held at the Nebraska City Volunteer Fire Department Fire Station, all proceeds from the lunch assists the museum with its operating expenses and creating new displays.
IF YOU GO
Nebraska City Museum of Firefighting
1320 Central Avenue
Nebraska City, NE 68410
Hours; Wednesday- Saturday 11am-5pm, Sunday 12pm-4pm
Arbor Day Weekend thru October
Admission; Adults $3.00, Children (4-12) $1.00
Nebraska City residents receive free admission with proof of residency.