Help Restore "Joel Bates" Engine

$2,290 of $45k goal

Raised by 20 people in 13 months
Firemans Hall
on behalf of Philadelphia Fire Department Historical Corporation Museum
 PHILADELPHIA, PA
We are the Fireman's Hall Museum in Philadelphia. We're here to present and preserve the history of firefighting in Philadelphia. Our Museum occupies a restored fire house in Olde City that opened in 1902.

Several years ago, the New England Fire and History Museum closed its doors and offered our museum some of its Philadelphia related artifacts, including a double deck end stroke hand engine believed to be made by Joel Bates. In the 1830's, Joel Bates was building fire engines in his workshop on Drinkers Alley, now Quarry Street home of the Fireman's Hall Museum in Philadelphia.

We want to bring this engine home!


This once beautiful and functional engine was rescued from the Delaware River at low tide in the mid-twentieth century and now needs major conservation work to stabilize it before we can bring it into the museum and put it on display.


We hope to start the work in 2016.
Estimates for stabilization are $16,250, which is the minimum amount needed to get this engine to the museum. However, total restoration is $45,000.

The Philadelphia Fire Department Historical Corp is a nonprofit organization and your donation is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Please help us to get this beautiful engine restored so we can continue to interpret the history of firefighting in Philadelphia by adding this piece to our collection.

For more information please contact Fireman's Hall Museum in Philadelphia.
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Update 5
Posted by Frank Schiazza
6 months ago
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Pennsylvania Lumberman's Mutual Insurance Company has provided us with a matching grant for up to $5000.00 for the Bates Engine Restoration.

PLM is an avid supporter of the Philadelphia Fire Department Historical Corp and Fireman's Hall Museum. We would like to thank President and CEO John Smith and VP Harold Jamison for their generosity.

Now its our turn every dollar we raise is doubled please help
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Update 4
Posted by Frank Schiazza
8 months ago
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Please share this information on your Facebook page. We have a long way to go. Thank you for your support
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Update 3
Posted by Frank Schiazza
10 months ago
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We are moving forward with the campaign and would like to thank John Hubbard, Clyde Croasdale, and Jay Bowen Jr.
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Update 2
Posted by Frank Schiazza
11 months ago
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We are working hard to get this Joel Bates Engine back home to Philadelphia. Our new idea we need 45,000 people to give $1.00. Thank you George Butcher and Mary Humphries for your generous donation. Everyone please help and share this with your Facebook Friends
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$2,290 of $45k goal

Raised by 20 people in 13 months
Created January 12, 2016
Firemans Hall  
on behalf of Philadelphia Fire Department Historical Corporation Museum
CC
$20
Clyde Croasdale
6 months ago
RJ
$25
Robert Johnston
6 months ago
1
1
TS
$20
Timothy Sykes
7 months ago
1
1
BS
$25
Bud Strimel
8 months ago
1
1
DB
$100
David Beatrice
8 months ago
1
1
$1,500
Anonymous
9 months ago
1
1
GB
$50
George Bucher
9 months ago
1
1
DL
$25
Dave Linn
10 months ago
1
1
TS
$25
Timothy Sykes
10 months ago
1
1
JP
$50
John Pendergast
10 months ago
1
1
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