FRANKLIN — Miners Hall Museum debuted its third quarter exhibit Evolution of Emergency Services Monday.
The exhibit will run through September 23 at the museum, and Director Jason Russell said the goal of the exhibit is to highlight local heroes while showing the progression of equipment and tactics used by fire and police in southeast Kansas.
“We were looking for a way to promote local heroes, and our first thought was fire and police,” Russell said. “We had a bit of that in the past with an exhibit from the Smithsonian, but a lot has changed here since then — new buildings, new equipment — so we wanted to take a fresh look.”
The exhibit is hosted by Arma Fire Department and Crawford County Fire District No. 2 Chief Mike McLeod, who has been a firefighter since 1977. McLeod also works as the emergency manager for CDL Electric.
Items on display at Miners Hall include equipment, paintings, photographs and much more.
“We have a great array of memorabilia from the late 1800s to today,” Russell said. “We have items remembering horse-drawn fire wagons, police motorcycles and more.”
The exhibit will include three special programs spread out through the third quarter.
The first will focus on solving crimes with Pittsburg Police Department Evidence Control Specialist Stephanie Garrison on July 16. On August 6, Retired Judge Don Noland will discuss infamous trials in Crawford and Cherokee counties, and McLeod will present on fire safety September 10. All special programs are free and begin at 2 p.m. at Miners Hall.
The exhibit is open at Miners Hall 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.