Opened in 1996, the Indianapolis FirefightersMuseum’s mission is to celebrate the history of the Fire Service in central Indiana and the Fire Departments’ contributions to the community. Located on the north end of the Massachusetts Avenue corridor and originally built in 1872, the Museum resides in the remodeled Fire Station #2, the oldest remaining fire station building in the city.
Although the Museum is open to the public, the condition of many of these items, some from the late 19th and early 20th century, is poor, and preservation has become a primary concern. The fragile state of the scrapbooks and older logbooks requires that they be kept away from the public, or under glass displays.
In 2008, the Firefighters Museum contacted the Indianapolis Public Library and requested a partnership to make the Museum’s materials available digitally on the Library’s website. The materials include photographs, logbooks, yearbooks, scrapbooks and miscellaneous items the Museum has collected over the years.
We are pleased to join with the Indianapolis Firefighters Museum and IUPUI University Library to make this collection accessible to the larger community. With the help of the Central Indiana Community Foundation, we look back on the history of the Indianapolis community, making important primary historical documents available to the public.