Written by News Bulletin News Sources
Wednesday, 02 October 2013 00:00
The Aurora Regional Fire Museum is offering several public education programs in observance of Fire Prevention Week this month.
Although these events are free, seating is limited, and reservations are requested.
A program on the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 is set for Thursday, Oct. 10.
On Sunday, October 8, 1871 at 8:30 p.m. in a barn behind the O’Leary home on West DeKoven Street in Chicago, a cow, a spark, and an unfortunate series of events would set the stage for one of the greatest disasters in American history.
Although no one knows the actual cause of the fire, it is a popular story to think that Mrs. O’Leary’s cow kicked over a lantern in her wood barn. Did the cow do it? Was the Water Tower the only building to have survived? What was so “great” about the Chicago Fire?
David Lewis, Curator of the Aurora Regional Fire Museum, and a nationally recognized historian on the Great Chicago Fire will present a lively forty-five minute discussion/multi-media presentation on the history of the Great Chicago Fire. Following the program the audience will have an opportunity to see artifacts that survived the Great Chicago Fire and get a sneak peek at the museum's new proposed Chicago Fire exhibit.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., program begins at 7 p.m. This event is free, but seating is limited and RSVPs are requested.
"Fire Strikes the Chicago Stockyards" a program chronicling the endless smoke of Chicago’s Union Stock Yards, the site of nearly three hundred extra-alarm fires before its closure in 1971, set for Thursday, Oct. 17.
The event features some of the most disastrous conflagrations of a city famous for fire. In 1910, twenty-one firemen and three civilians were killed in a blaze at a beef warehouse—the largest death toll for an organized fire department in the nation prior to Sept. 11, 2001 in New York City.
The meatpackers who ran the yards considered the constant threat of fire as part of the cost of doing business, shrugging it off with an, “It’s all right, we’re fully covered.” For the firefighters who were forced to plunge into the flames again and again, it was an entirely different matter.
This program will be presented by John Hogan and Alex Burkholder, veteran Chicago newsmen and authors of the new book "Fire Strikes the Chicago Stock Yards." Following the program, books will be available for purchase and signing.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., program begins at 7 p.m. Like the Oct. 10 event, this is a free presentation but seating is limited and interested persons should reserve a spot in advance.
Activities began on Wednesday, Oct. 2 with an appearance by Firefighter and nationally recognized fire safety expert, Dayna Hilton, known as “Firefighter Dayna” to millions of children and their caregivers, were scheduled to visit the Aurora Regional Fire Museum with her four-legged companion, Molly the Fire Safety Dog.
--News Bulletin news sources
Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 October 2013 14:18