Firefighter collection on exhibit

Firefighter collection on exhibit An exhibit honoring firefighters and commemorating the services they provide to the communities they serve will be on display in Sletwold Hall and in lobby display cases at the W.H. Over Museum during September. The exhibit is composed of a collection of firefighting materials and memorabilia collected by a Vermillion firefighter, Ray Decker. Objects in the collection include helmets, badges, air packs, nozzles, unit/department patches, photographs, toys, fire extinguishers, plaques, pictures, signs, banners, clothing, radios and firefighting equipment and accessories. Items in the collection were acquired from numerous fire departments, collectors and other sources from around the world during Mr. Deckerâ�?�?s 37-year career as a volunteer firefighter, including a 20-year career in the U.S. Navy. The exhibit will remain on display in the museum through Fire Prevention Week. The Friends of the W.H. Over Museum (FOM) has raised over $2,100 in recent weeks. The silent art print auction yielded over $1,500 and Sundayâ�?�?s ice cream social and concert raised over $600. Additional fund raising activities are under way and/or planned for the remainder of the summer and during the fall. The FOM is totally responsible for managing, operating and financing the W.H. Over Museum. Since the FOM does not receive any state or federal funds, donations and community support of their fund raising activities is greatly appreciated and helps to keep Dr. William Henry Overâ�?�?s dream alive â�?�? â�?�?to preserve the natural and cultural heritage of South Dakota and the Upper Midwest and pass it on to present and future generations.â�? Contact the W.H. Over Museum by calling 605-677-5228 or stop by and visit us at 1110 Ratingen St. (just east of the DakotaDome).

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