The Kewaunee Fire Department Auxiliary officially turned the Fire Station Museum over to the city of Kewaunee during the City Council meeting on Monday evening.
The Auxiliary has been working for nearly two and a half years to develop a museum building to house historic fire apparatus and other items such as records and pictures documenting the history of the City of Kewaunee Fire Department.
The museum is located adjacent to the Grandfather Clock and Ahnapee Trailhead. Features include glass doors and large glass picture windows that provide the public with easy viewing of the historic fire apparatus.
The public will get a chance to check out the museum July 1 when the Auxliary hosts Music at the Museum, a celebration with music and food served by the Kewaunee Fire Department. The event is part of the City’s regular summer Music in the Park program which will be hosted on that Sunday near the Museum, rather than the gazebo at Harbor Park.
The Fire Museum was built with donated funds and donated labor by the Kewaunee Fire Department Auxiliary. At Monday’s meeting Assistant Chief James Kleiman presented Mayor Sandi Christman with an official Key to the Museum in a ceremony formally transferring ownership of the Museum to the City of Kewaunee.
“This is a wonderful amenity for the community,” Christman said. “The Museum preserves our community’s unique history while simultaneously spurring tourism and economic development in our downtown area.”