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Aurora Regional Fire Museum Endowment Fund

Established 2022

Aurora Regional Fire Museum

$1.30 Endowment Giving Campaign

Support the 130th Campaign

 

Since its humble beginnings in 1968, the Aurora Regional Fire Museum has stood as a beacon of community spirit and historical preservation. From its inception in the basement of Aurora Fire Station No. 4 to its current home at Aurora’s Central Fire Station, the museum has been a testament to the rich heritage of our fire service.

This year marks a significant milestone as we celebrate the 130th anniversary of the construction of Central Station, a historic landmark that proudly served the City of Aurora for over 80 years.

None of this would be possible without the unwavering support of our community. Your generosity today enables us to uphold our vision of honoring and protecting the past, present, and future of the fire service.

Through our regional collections and exhibits, we preserve the legacy of firefighting while educating the community on fire safety and prevention. Your contribution to our endowment ensures that this vital work continues for generations to come.

Join us today as a shared steward of the Aurora Regional Fire Museum. Together, we can preserve history, protect lives, and inspire future generations.

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Support the 130th Campaign


The Aurora Regional Fire Museum has served our community since it opened in 1968.

Originally established in 1966 as the Aurora Fire Museum, the Aurora Regional Fire Museum preserves the history of the Aurora Fire Department and firefighting in the region through our various exhibits, programs, and events. The museum is located in Aurora’s 1894 Central Fire Station in the heart of downtown Aurora.

The Fire Museum is the region’s fire museum. Our roots are in Aurora; however, we look at the history of firefighting in Kane, DuPage, Will, Kendall, Dekalb, and Cook counties and beyond!

The Aurora Regional Fire Museum Endowment Fund assists the museum in all areas of managing our operations.

We chose the Community Foundation because of its reputation. It’s well known, established and we can trust them to do the job for us.

Dick Schindel

Richard and Susan Schindel Scholarship Funds

A community foundation is a donor-driven organization that helps donors custom-design funds that reflect their charitable interests. Through the years, grants from these funds have made a significant impact on our local communities.

Sharon Stredde

President Emeritus

As a first-generation college student from a low-income family, I was worried about how I was going to pay for books and supplies. This scholarship will allow me to focus more on my studies instead of worrying about how to afford college. I am working to not only create opportunities for myself but to motivate future generations. Thank you so much for helping me along this journey!

Moises J.

Claude & Alice Allen Memorial Scholarship Recipient

There’s no question in my mind that the scholarship I received opened up possibilities.

Marianne Renner

Past Scholarship Recipient & Current Leadership Coach

…you can always start small, even $25 can make a difference. Remember we can’t take our money with us. Even if it’s just your gift of time. Volunteer and get involved.

Cris Anderson

Cristina & Thomas S. Anderson Endowment Fund | Tom & Cris Anderson Colonial Advisory Fund

Thank you very much for supporting my college education for these four years. I will never be able to repay you for the opportunity that this scholarship has given to me.

Julia H.

[Renewing Scholarship Recipient] Graduate of Hinkley-Big Rock High School

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