NYC Fire Museum opens new exhibit, 'Colonial Firefighting & the American Revolution'

The exhibition includes artifacts, multimedia displays, video animations and 3D models that illustrate major events of the time

By FireRescue1 Staff

NEW YORK — The New York City Fire Museum launched on Wednesday a new exhibition, “Colonial Firefighting & the American Revolution,” which presents the story of a group of volunteers, the colonial FDNY.

The exhibition will be on display from March 15 through Aug. 13, featuring multimedia, video animations and 3D models that illustrate major events of the colonial era and the group of volunteers who “stood between New York and disaster during years of rampant arson, wars for North America and the American Revolution,” according to a press release from the museum.  

Among the artifacts are original artworks that depict the Wall of Wall Street, the first fire engines, 1770 New York neighborhoods, and maps of New York City as it grew.

"We are excited to work with such incredible partners to present this multi-month exhibition about the earliest days of firefighting in Colonial America,” said Jennifer Brown, executive director of the New York City Fire Museum. “Fire history buffs and general audiences alike are sure to be intrigued as they learn more about this fascinating piece of New York history, on full display in our second-floor exhibit hall, coupled with a program about the Great New York Fire of 1776 with an esteemed moderator and panelists on March 21st.”

Image/New York City Fire Museum

The first 1,000 attendees who visit the exhibition will receive a free copy of a celebration booklet about the exhibition.

Learn more about the exhibit at the New York City Fire Museum website.

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