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Fire and Water: The CIGNA Firefighting and Maritime Collection

October 28, 2005 – July 13, 2006 (new closing date)

Museum: American History Museum

Location: 2nd floor, Center, behind Pentagon Flag

Visitors can watch through large windows as curators process a collection of nearly 4,000 firefighting and maritime materials that date from 1825-1875, the heyday of voluntary fire organizations. Highlights include an 1892 Steam Fire Engine Model, an 1850 firefighter's parade hat, and many maritime and firefighting paintings, including one by Currier and Ives. Also on view on the 1st floor (west corridor) is an 1850 hand-drawn hose reel, a hand-drawn cart with a reel that carried fire hoses. Donated in October 2005 to the museum by CIGNA, the nation's oldest fire and marine insurer.