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Local Lore focus on history of fire department

Capt. Luke Howieson will discuss the history of the DeKalb Fire Department at a Local Lore presentation at noon Oct. 20 at the Ellwood House Museum.
Capt. Luke Howieson will discuss the history of the DeKalb Fire Department at a Local Lore presentation at noon Oct. 20 at the Ellwood House Museum.

The DeKalb Fire Department has been a cornerstone of the DeKalb community for almost 150 years, saving lives and property. For October’s Local Lore presentation, the Ellwood House Museum will welcome Capt. Luke Howieson of the DeKalb Fire Department.

Howieson will outline the history of the local fire department, from the beginning as a volunteer fire company in 1869 to the ready-for-anything, trained and equipped career department it is today.

This presentation also will focus on the connections between the fire department and the Ellwood family. Several historical artifacts and photos will be on hand for viewing, as well as antique and modern fire equipment.

In honor of Fire Prevention Month, the presentation will be held at noon Friday, Oct. 20, at the Ellwood House Museum Visitor Center, 509 N. First St. in DeKalb. The event is free of charge and visitors are welcome to bring a sack lunch.

Local Lore is a series of adult lectures. Each month – March through November – a knowledgeable guest speaker presents a unique one-hour program relating to DeKalb County history. Lectures are free to attend. This year, Local Lore is being presented in partnership with DeKalb area historic sites and museums, including Glidden Homestead, Gurler Heritage Association, Egyptian Theatre, Joiner History Room and DAAHA. The series is funded in part by the Mary E. Stevens Concert and Lecture Fund.

To see the complete Local Lore schedule, visit ellwoodhouse.org/learn. For information, contact Tricia Runzel at 815-756-4609 or trunzel@ellwoodhouse.org.

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