Lunchtime Lectures - "Boston on Fire: A History of Fires and Firefighting in Boston"
The Peabody Historical Society and Museum are hosting a series of Lunchtime Lectures on Zoom.
The last program in our series, journalist Stephanie Schorow presents “Boston on Fire: A History of Fires and Firefighting in Boston.”
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Fires have shaped Boston since its founding on a narrow peninsula in 1630. In the first comprehensive history of Boston’s major fires, Stephanie Schorow tells the dramatic tales of seventeenth-century fires (which were viewed as signs of God’s wrath), the 1834 Ursuline convent fire, the Great Fire of 1872, the Chelsea conflagrations of 1908 and 1973, the tragic Cocoanut Grove nightclub fire, the Vendome Hotel collapse that killed nine firefighters in 1972, and an arson ring that terrorized the city in the 1980s. In her book of the same name, there are also chapters devoted to two key Boston innovations: the Hunneman fire engine and the citywide fire alarm system (first in the nation) developed by William Francis Channing and Moses Farmer.