About

Board of Directors

 

Curt Peters (Chair) curtandpam@earthlink.net
Vic Megenity (Vice-chair)  
Jim Keith (Treasurer) jkeith1940@att.net
Rick Albers Rick.Albers@mirazon.com
Justin Ames jfdpio408@gmail.com
Bob Der Ohanian pufan8@gmail.com
Lisa Green budgetprint@insightbb.com
Richard Kopp rdkopp@purdue.edu
JB Lesher lesher894@aol.com
John Marsh johnmarsh@me.com
Terry Pennington tenped48@yahoo.com
Pam Peters curtandpam@earthlink.net
Jeff Rider firetruckjr@yahoo.com
Tim Robbins trobbins3001@gmail.com
Jim Stammerman jstammer64@aol.com
Robert St. John rws4242@gmail.com
Frank Taff ftaff@cinergymetro.net
George B. Wiggins GBW627@insightbb.com
   
   

 

Fred Conway

 

Fred Conway on top of the 1875 Village Steam Fire Engine

As a fire engine enthusiast, Fred Conway collected and restored many different pieces. Fred showed his collection in the lobby of his business, Discount Labels. However his collection grew so much that he opened a museum called Vintage Fire Engines, Inc. on Mt. Tabor Road in New Albany in June 1999. By this time his collection was comprised of fourteen larger pieces that included hand-pulled pieces, horse-drawn pieces, and motorized vehicles. His collection included smaller items such as models, trumpets and lanterns. However three months later the untimely death of Fred Conway meant that the wonderful exhibit no longer had its inspiration and creator. For many years the collection has been behind locked doors and unavailable to the public; the building is now needed for other purposes.

 

Vintage Fire Museum, Inc.

 

In 2009 a group formed called Friends of the New Albany Fire Museum, Inc. with an interest in purchasing the Conway collection and creating a new museum with additional pieces and purposes. In September 2010 the organization purchased the entire collection and moved it to the vacated Coyle Chevrolet building in downtown New Albany for storage and limited display. Friends of the New Albany Fire Museum, Inc. adopted the new name of Vintage Fire Museum in 2012 and have added a few items to the collection and the group’s desire is to open the museum at 723 Spring Street in Jeffersonville, Indiana. The museum will include a Safety Education Center, a store, a room on regional firefighting history, and an area honoring firefighters who have given their lives in fighting fires in addition to the major exhibit area.

 

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