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Colonial Firefighting & The American Revolution

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The Newsham Engine (1730s) was the first fire engine used in New York.
Photograph: Courtesy of the Fire Museum | The Newsham Engine (1730s) was the first fire engine used in New York.

Time Out says

Likely every New Yorker knows the FDNY’s reputation for bravery and heroics, but the story of the colonial FDNY hasn’t gotten much attention. A new exhibit at the New York City Fire Museum will change that by showcasing the important work of firefighters centuries ago. 

“Colonial Firefighting & the American Revolution” presents the untold story of a group of volunteers that stood between New York and disaster during years of rampant arson, wars for North America and the American Revolution. At the exhibit, you’ll get to step into past New Yorkers’ shoes while exploring multimedia presentations, checking out original artwork and even seeing the first fire engines. 

"We are excited to work with such incredible partners to present this multi-month exhibition about the earliest days of firefighting in Colonial America," Jennifer Brown, executive director of the New York City Fire Museum, said in a press release. "Fire history buffs and general audiences alike are sure to be intrigued as they learn more about this fascinating piece of New York history."

The exhibit's on view through August 13 at the Fire Museum in Manhattan.

Rossilynne Skena Culgan
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Rossilynne Skena Culgan


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