If you've visited the Milwaukee Fire Education Center and Museum, 1615 W. Oklahoma Ave., you know that the Fire Historical Society has a number of vintage Milwaukee firefighting vehicles and apparatus in its impressive collection. Now, it's got one more.
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The Milwaukee Fire Historical Society has been working to restore a 1949 Mack fire truck that was in service for more than 30 years. You can be among the first to see it when The Milwaukee Fire Historical Society (MFHS) hosts a "reveal" event as part of a fundraiser Friday, Feb. 16.
There are books I keep on my desk because they are not only fascinating - with every page you flip to offering some sort of interesting detail on Milwaukee history - but because they're also encyclopedic. Jim Ley's new book has now become one of them.
Inside one of the five bungalow style firehouses built in the 1920s by Milwaukee architect Charles Malig, there is a quiet treasure. The Milwaukee Fire Education Center and Museum, 1615 W. Oklahoma Ave., isn't exactly a secret, but considering the passion for the history of firefighting that burns in the folks that maintain and grow it, it almost feels like it.
These days, sadly, Century Hall, when it is remembered at all, it is usually remembered for the fire that reduced it to ashes. But Century Hall has come up in conversation twice recently, once for the fire, and once not.