I Want to Be A Firefighter

I Want to Be A Firefighter

East Hall Exhibit – I Want to be a Firefighter!

The I want to be a Firefighter exhibit is one that appeals to children of all ages. The exhibit opened in the east wing of the Walters Boone County Museum on December 18, 2014. The exhibit is free and open to the public until June 30, 2015.

“There are very few of us who, at one point in our childhood, didn’t look upon firefighters and fire trucks in awe,” said Chris Campbell, Boone County Historical Society executive director. “This exhibit is dedicated to the brave firefighters who have served Boone County and Columbia.”

The exhibit displays historic artifacts relating to the fire departments of Boone County and Columbia during the last 60 years. Items on display include cast-iron toy fire trucks and wagons, illustrated books, fire extinguishing equipment, uniforms of various time periods and commemorative plaques.

Retired Columbia fire chief William “Bill” Markgraf and long-time Boone County Fire Protection District volunteer John Wilke both loaned the vast majority of items featured in this exhibit.

When Markgraf first entered the fire service in 1955, they wore rubber coats and fishing boots. He this exhibit is important to share the history and evolution of the fire service.

“This exhibit gives a sense of history and I think it’s important for people to know how things have evolved to where they are today,” he said. “We’ve collected so much over the years and we’re happy to share that.”

The I want to be a Firefighter exhibit is one of three exhibits in the Museum’s east wing. The Sporting Life, which features the hunting and fishing tools Boone County residents used from the late 19th Century through the 1960s, opened in February, and arriving on May 22 is the 25th Anniversary exhibit, celebrating the Museum’s 25th birthday this July.

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