HPA Historic Place Project Will Receive Award

The Board of Directors of the Kansas Preservation Alliance has selected the Kansas Firefighters Museum as a recipient of their 2002 Awards for Excellence.

Since 1981, the KPA has given annual awards in recognition of exemplary accomplishments in historic preservation. The Alliance is a not-for-profit corporation organized to further the work of historic preservation through, education, advocacy and communication.

During the 2002 Awards for Excellence reception in Abilene on Friday, May 10, 2002, the fire station will be presented a cast bronze medallion, and those involved with the project will be recognized with award certificates. Representatives of the museum will attend the reception to receive the award.

The Awards for Excellence will be presented in conjunction with the 2002 State Preservation Conference held May 9-11 at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Center in Abilene. The awards reception will be at the Greyhound Hall of Fame across the street from the Eisenhower Center.

HPA's involvement with this project started in March 1993 with the formation of a Historic Place Committee to renovate Old Engine House No. 6 at 1300 S. Broadway. The team was composed of HPA members Dwight Burge, Dale and Vicki Churchman and Lois Ann Newman who formed the Friends of Engine House No. 6. This group later combined with retired firemen to establish the Kansas Firefighters Museum and restore the old station as a fire museum.