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Boston is Burning: A Day at the Boston Fire Museum

Join us for the launch of Obscura Society Boston. We'll be kicking off our new chapter city with a visit to Boston Fire Museum for a look back at some of the city's worst disasters.

Located in a former firehouse in South Boston, the Fire Museum traces the history of fire in the city from "Bucket Brigades" to the modern day fire department. The visit will include a review of the historic Boston is Burning fire of 1872, the Molasses Tank Disaster of 1919 and Cocoanut Grove fire of 1942, a disaster that claimed the lives of 492 people.

This journey through history is a fascinating look at the growth of Boston into the "Hub of the World." You will see Boston's first rolling fire pump, made by Paul Revere and his apprentice Ephraim Thayer, a Hand Tub from the 1850's purchased by the citizens of Charlestown, and the Amoskeag Steamer that was the 2nd piece of fire apparatus to arrive at the Molasses Tank Disaster.

DETAILS:

  • The Boston Fire Museum is located at 344 Congress Street in the Fort Point neighborhood of "Southie"
  • Plenty of off-street parking is available in a garage located behind the fire museum

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