Liberty Hall Museum Hosts Fire Muster & Family Day

Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University in Union, NJ is hosting a Fire Muster & Family Day on Sunday, May 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The outdoor event is free and will feature the unveiling of the museum’s latest acquisition, the 1911 Metropolitan Steam Fire Engine. Antique enthusiasts, volunteer and career firefighters, history buffs, children, seniors and families are invited to a day of fun and learning on the beautiful grounds of the historic museum.

The festivities will include interactive exhibits and games, fire safety demonstrations, a display of antique fire engines and giveaways. Guests can purchase food and refreshments throughout the day. The fire muster is presented in cooperation with the Union and Elizabeth fire departments and will feature an apparatus judging of engines and equipment from around the state.

Participating fire departments will demonstrate various safety and rescue techniques. The Union Fire Department will offer a simulated example of vehicle extraction, the methods for rescuing a person from a crushed vehicle. Elizabeth Fire Department will demonstrate how firefighters repel from a large building using a system of ropes.

The 1911 Metropolitan Steam Fire Engine is one of only several in the nation. Acknowledged as the best steamers ever built, these horse-drawn fire engines weighed approximately 6,800 pounds and used an upright boiler to produce sufficient steam to pump an astounding 600 gallons of water per minute. An unveiling ceremony is included in the Family Day Muster events, adding this magnificent antique equipment to the museum’s Firehouse collection and celebrating the 100th anniversary of its creation.

The Firehouse opened at Liberty Hall Museum in 2005 with the mission to promote fire safety and education for children, senior citizens and all members of communities throughout New Jersey. The museum is home to the restored 1928 American LaFrance Pumper and the 1927 Seagrave Pumper fire engines and includes exhibits of fire helmets, uniforms, bells, tools, documents and photographs.

Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University, chronicling more than 200 years of American history is a treasure trove of significant riches. Along with forgotten letters from Thomas Jefferson, Liberty Hall also houses extensive collections of antique furniture, ceramics, textiles, toys and tools owned by seven generations of the Livingston and Kean families.

The ongoing exhibit at Liberty Hall is Stitches in Time: Three Centuries of Hemlines, Necklines & Everything in Between (through June 30). The exhibit features over 40 pieces of clothing and accessories from the vast fashion collection of the Liberty Hall Museum. The fashions on display range from 18th century shoes and fans to 20th century Christian Dior cocktail dresses, featuring elegant gowns, glittering accessories, refined evening attire and vintage undergarments in a display called “Victorian Secrets.”

Liberty Hall is located at 1003 Morris Avenue in Union, New Jersey. It is open to the public Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The rain date for the Fire Muster & Family Day is Sat, June 18. For further information, contact Liberty Hall Museum at 908-527-0400 or Susan Garino at sgarino@kean.edu. Visit the Web site at www.kean.edu/libertyhall.

Paul Whelihan

pwheliha@kean.edu
May 2, 2011

 
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