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Cokato Firefighters Honored in Cokato Museum's New Exhibit and Movie


Cokato’s Firefighters are a group of dedicated men and women who have come to the rescue of Cokato’s citizens for over 125 years. In honor of the Cokato Fire Department’s 125th Anniversary on Tuesday, April 27, 2021, the Cokato Museum is opening a new exhibit and is hosting the Cokato Historical Society’s virtual Annual Meeting—whose program includes the premier of a movie about the Cokato Fire Department.

EXHIBIT: The Cokato Museum’s exhibit, “Cokato Firefighters to the Rescue: Celebrating 125 Years of Service,” walks through the history of the department, and features firefighter gear and uniforms as well as photographs of past departments, major fires, and disasters. Overall, the exhibit reveals that no matter how much the Cokato Fire Department has changed, the one thing that remains the same is the dedication of its firefighters. The Cokato Firefighter exhibit will be open during regular museum hours (Tuesday-Saturday from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) from April 27th-September 4th. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, occupancy is limited so please call 320-286-2427 to schedule an appointment to view the exhibit.

MOVIE: The Cokato Museum will release its latest movie celebrating the history of the Cokato Fire Department, online, as part of the Cokato Historical Society’s Annual Meeting program. The film, made in collaboration with the SWTV cable channel, features interviews from current and past members of the Cokato Fire Department. The movie will be approximately 45-60 minutes in length and will be available for viewing at 7:00 p.m. on the Cokato Museum’s website cokatomuseum.org. The movie is open to the public--you do NOT need to participate in the Annual Meeting to view the video.

ANNUAL MEETING: Prior to the release of the movie, the Cokato Historical Society (CHS) will hold its “short” 2021 Annual Meeting via Google Meet at 6:30 p.m. If you are a member and would like to participate in the meeting, please email info@cokatomuseum.org to request an invite and the CHS annual report.

If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, please contact the Cokato Museum at 320-286-2427 or visit the Cokato Museum’s website at cokatomuseum.org.

Photograph took place at the Cokato Fire Department’s house burning training in 2018. Courtesy of the Cokato Fire Department.

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