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Preserving the Perishable: A Fire Historian’s Never Ending Battle

FDNY House-Log FDNY House-Log
As a member of the fire service community, so many of us tend to naturally become collectors. Whether it be books, toys, models, hose appliances, or even up to and including antique apparatus, the fire service offers a little something for everyone. If you aren't a collector of something, I would venture a guess you just haven't been around the fir...
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Preserving the Perishable: What is Considered Historically Significant?

Certificate (C. 1832) Certificate (C. 1832)
During a recent zoom meeting, the participants, including myself, shared stories of historically significant items being discarded by fire departments. Often, it's personnel unfamiliar with the fire service's history and in a well-meaning attempt to do their part in cleaning up the station, they begin to discard things into the dumpster. They may n...
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Preserving the Perishable: A Fire History Picture is Worth More Than a Thousand Words

Preserving the Perishable: A Fire History Picture is Worth More Than a Thousand Words
In this edition of Preserving the Perishable, I thought I would explain the do's and don'ts of photograph preservation briefly. As a historian and a genealogist, I frequently see the results of improper photograph archiving and how it destroys the precious history that we treasure. I remember, at the passing of my grandparents, shoe boxes and album...
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Preserving the Perishable: The Importance of Documenting History

Preserving the Perishable: The Importance of Documenting History
Cover Photo: Krystyna Krakowski, far left, and her team at Palm Beach Gardens Fire Rescue. I remember attending a fire conference and the topic was Safety and Apparatus Response. A side discussion started regarding beating a first due company to their own call. The engineer joked that he carried business cards and said he would place them on t...
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Preserving the Perishable: Traditions of the Fire Service Shared through Oral Story Telling

Preserving the Perishable: Traditions of the Fire Service Shared through Oral Story Telling
It was 1986, on a warm summer night and I found myself on the front porch of my grandfather's home. I was then a new Fire Chief and my grandfather was a former Assistant Fire Chief. He was once again sharing those wild tales of firefighting in his time. Often he would tell me of that 1923 American LaFrance and how it performed on Chr...
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Preserving the Perishable: Sharing the Stories of the Fallen

Preserving the Perishable: Sharing the Stories of the Fallen
I recently had the opportunity to assist with our local September 11th memorial service. This was being included as part of a more significant annual history-based event in my hometown. As I began identifying speakers for the event, I realized that for the first time, I was approaching a whole generation that had no personal memory of the events th...
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Preserving the Perishable: Engaging the Future Generations of the Fire Service

Preserving the Perishable: Engaging the Future Generations of the Fire Service
If you are anything like the authors of this blog article, you did not start as a fire protection and firefighting history lover. It grew on you as you became more and more involved in the service. Soon you stumbled across a relic at a flea market or in someone's basement and a collector was born. Whether it be a toy fire truck (our personal f...
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Preserving the Perishable: Remembering Our Past Protects Our Future

The Great Chicago Fire Currier & Ives Lithograph Of The Fire (1871) The Great Chicago Fire Currier & Ives Lithograph Of The Fire (1871)
Another Fire Prevention Week is upon us and the fire service takes this week to focus public attention on the need to practice fire prevention throughout the year. This is a necessary time to reflect that remembering our past helps preserve and protect our future. By looking back into history, we can chart a pattern of safety changes in fire preven...
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Preserving the Perishable: Learning the History of Fire Safety

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Another Fire Prevention Week is upon us, and the fire service takes this week to focus public attention on learning fire safety throughout the year. This is a necessary time to reflect that remembering our past helps preserve and protect our future. Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871 conflagr...
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Preserving the Perishable: Remembering the Forgotten Fire of Peshtigo

Preserving the Perishable: Remembering the Forgotten Fire of Peshtigo
With fire prevention week upon us, our minds naturally turn to the Great Chicago Fire, and with good reason, not only because Fire Prevention week got its start in memory of the Great Chicago Fire, but also just by the sheer massive size of the conflagration and the destruction it caused. Following a lengthy drought and supported by very strong win...
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  • The National Fire Heritage Center
  • Physical Address: 17701 Creamery Road, Emmitsburg, Maryland 21727
    Mailing Address: P.O. Drawer 76, Emmitsburg, Maryland 21727
  • Phone: (301) 876-3454