WANTED: Wauwatosa Fire Department memories

April 6, 2010

Personal recollections of experiences involving the Wauwatosa Fire Department are being collected by the Wauwatosa Historical Society for possible inclusion in a time capsule that is being prepared for the new station under construction near the village on Underwood Avenue.


Did members of the Wauwatosa Fire Department rescue your stranded cat from a neighborhood tree? Were you comforted by department employees during a sad time of trauma and loss? Do you want to express your appreciation for a job well done by fire department personnel? Are you a past or current department member with a memorable on-the-job story to share?


The deadline for submitting fire department information, photos and personal reminiscences is May 15, 2010.


Materials should be marked Attn: Fire Department Memories and hand-delivered or mailed to: Wauwatosa Historical Society, 7406 Hillcrest Drive, Wauwatosa, WI 53213. E-mail electronic files to staff@wauwatosahistoricalsociety.org. Call 414-774-8672 with questions.


A committee will select several new written memories and mementos to include in the new time capsule, along with historical documents, artifacts and materials from the previous capsule.


Past and current time capsule contents will be on public display in the lobby of the new fire station in advance of the formal dedication planned for early June.


As appropriate, fire department recollections and items not included in the time capsule due to space limitations will be preserved as part of the historical society’s archives and research library.


“It is very important to preserve oral and written traditions. The pending dedication of the new fire station offers a wonderful opportunity to further document the role the Wauwatosa Fire Department plays in our city and the greater community,” explains WHS Executive Director Janel Ruzicka.


The Wauwatosa Historical Society is a qualified, nonprofit, tax-exempt organization established in 1977 to preserve and disseminate materials related to the history of Wauwatosa, Wis. Headquartered at the Kneeland-Walker House and Victorian Gardens, the WHS has more than 800 individual and business members.


The society provides and actively supports community preservation through archival storage and research, artifact displays, educational programs and special events.


The WHS also manages the Little Red Store, Wauwatosa’s oldest surviving commercial building, under special lease agreement with the city. Located in the heart of the historic village area, the Little Red Store now serves as a visitors’ welcome center and community meeting site.


For more information, call 414-774-8672 or visit www.wauwatosahistoricalsociety.org.

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