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New Albany Group Wants To Create Fire Museum

A Southern Indiana group is trying to raise money for the creation of a fire museum in downtown New Albany. 

The Friends of the New Albany Fire Museum wants to purchase a vintage fire engine collection that belonged to the late Fred Conway of New Albany.  It includes the first chemical fire engine in the United States.   The group’s chairman, Curtis Peters says the collection is a local treasure.“There are lots of fire museums across the country—just because there is so much interest in the history of fire fighting and in the engineering that went into fire fighting equipment, and so forth—but this has been ranked among the top five,” Peters said.The organization hopes to raise $2 million within the next three months to fund the museum. 


Rick Howlett was midday host and the host of LPM's weekly talk show, "In Conversation." He was with LPM from 2001-2023 and held many different titles, including Morning Edition host, Assignment Editor and Interim News Director. He died in August 2023. Read a remembrance of Rick here.