Fighting Fire: The Establishment of Boston's Modern Fire Department

First established in 1678 as a group of volunteer fire companies, the Boston Fire Department reorganized in 1837. The reorganization marked the beginning of Boston's modern Fire Department.  One hundred and seventy-five years later, we're commemorating the advent of our city's Fire Department with documents and images chronicling the 1837 events that led to its establishment.


Exhibit by Marta Crilly and Kristen Swett