Original curator gets a room of his own at fire museum

Captain Goodwin with Elizabeth Sturm at the Aurora Regional Fire Museum.

History eventually burns out, and it is up to people like Captain Charlie Goodwin to keep it alive. On May 9, Aurora Regional Fire Museum held an event for Goodwin, a former firefighter. Goodwin flew all the way from Denver to Aurora, where he was honored in front of 70 people, as one of the curators of the museum.

Not only was Goodwin, 95, honored, but also his wife, Georgia. Georgia took a chance and recorded all of the unique stories that the firemen had lived through. Many of these were recorded since mid 1800s according to an employee of the museum. Goodwin served as the curator of the museum from 1966 to 1982.

2018 marks the 50th year that the Aurora Regional Fire Museum has been open to the public. The museum first opened to the public in October 1968 under the direction of Aurora Fire Department Chief Erwin J. Bauman. The museum was originally located in the basement of Station No. 4 on the city’s east side with the original exhibits researched and curated by the Goodwins.

A distant relative of the Goodwins said, “I don’t think she knew how important it was to record all of these stories.” Together they made it possible for the Aurora Regional Fire Museum to be opened to the public on October 1968.

The museum honored the couple by officially naming one of the rooms after Charlie and Georgia Goodwin. In this room, many can experience the life of these firefighters, where they are able to “humanize the firefighters,” who are often seen as superheroes.

 

Aurora Regional Fire Museum is located at 53 N. Broadway. Hours are Thursday and Friday from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit them on Facebook here.

Story and photos by Aimee Zarco. Zarco is an intern for Aurora Downtown for summer 2018. She is a student at Aurora University.