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History of Culver fires, firefighting Aug. 25

August 9, 2012

Culver firemen Don Mikesell is pictured at right during a 1941 fire which claimed the garage and servants’ quarters at the Marmon property on the east shore of Lake Maxinkuckee.

"Culver in Flames," a visual history of fires and firefighters of Culver's past, will take place Saturday, Aug. 25, starting at 10 a.m., at the Culver-Union Twp. fire station, 508 E. Lake Shore Drive.

The program is part of the August meeting of the Antiquarian and Historical Society of Culver, which at the event will also recognize the fire department -- which first incorporated here in 1903 -- for its more than 100 years of life-saving service to the community.

Jeff Kenney of the AHS will detail major conflagrations in the town of Culver, on the Culver Academies campus, on the shores of Lake Maxinkuckee, and in the immediately surrounding area, dating back to the 19th century, as well as outline the history of the fire department, via extensive photos in a Power Point platform.

In addition, attendees will have a chance to view the recently-renovated interior of the fire station. Fire trucks will be available for those desiring to sit inside.

The event will be free and open to the public. The AHS' website is www.culverahs.com, via Facebook at www.facebook.com/AhsCulver, and the organization may be reached at historyofculver@gmail.

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