The Jack and Lilyan Mandel Gallery was dedicated last month at the Western Reserve Fire Museum and Education Center.
The gallery is centrally located on the first floor, is the main focal point of the museum and will house the primary exhibit every year.
The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation was an early supporter of the efforts to establish a first-class regional museum and education center in Cleveland. With their support, the museum can fulfill its mission of “saving history, saving lives.”
The gallery will focus on the history of fire service in Northeast Ohio. The gallery currently houses the exhibit, “From the Bucket Brigade to the Big Red Machines,” and includes examples of early hand-operated, steam powered and motorized apparatus.
“My brother, Jack, would have been impressed with the time, effort and financial support of so many firefighters to make the museum and education center a reality,” said Morton Mandel, chairman and CEO of the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation. “We are pleased to support the museum knowing that their education program saves lives.”
The museum at 310 Carnegie Ave. is one of Cleveland’s newest attractions. It is housed in the former quarters of Cleveland Fire Station 28 and the Cleveland Fire Alarm Office. The 1926 building was restored through the work and donations of firefighters, corporations and foundations.
The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays.