Curator Retires at Aurora Fire Museum
David Lewis retired from the Aurora Regional Fire Museum last week. Lewis was a co-founder, curator, board of director and a longtime friend of the fire service.
“His dedication and passion in preserving the history of the Aurora and surrounding fire departments within the walls of the museum will truly be missed,” a press release stated.
Lewis joined the Aurora Fire Station Preservation Corporation in 1988. The renovation of the Aurora Regional Fire Museum building at 53 N. Broadway was completed in 2004.
Lewis stated in his resignation, “the Aurora Regional Fire Museum has been my life’s work for nearly twenty-five years. I am encouraged by the direction of the new board members and staff. Their progress and enthusiasm is refreshing. In the last few months alone, I’ve had the pleasure of seeing members of the curatorial committee draft much-needed revisions to the collections policy and procedures. Members of the newly formed marketing committee have a well thought out vision and direction, and I am excited about the programs and ideas being pursued by the members of the education committee. I am also thankful to have participated in the selection process for a new executive director, and am confident in the abilities of all the candidates who have made it onto the short-list. With their skills and fresh new approach, along with the board’s continued leadership, I am emboldened about the museum’s future.”
Lewis’ retirement was effective February 25.