Date: January 23, 2018
Time: 7:00 pm  to  7:45 pm

Presentation by Chris Eline, Nancy Rutman, and Karen Samuels 

The enthusiastic team of local historians will talk about how firefighting started and developed in Bethlehem. Their newly-released book is the first of its kind, with many never-before-seen photographs. The story begins with the bucket brigades of the Moravian community during the Colonial period, soon supplemented with two of the country’s earliest fire engines (that can still be seen at the Moravian Museum of Bethlehem!). The book tracks the path of the town’s expansion to include the four boroughs that would eventually merge to form the modern City of Bethlehem. Water supplies and water pressure were unreliable, equipment frequently failed, funding was scarce, and unpaved streets were often impassable. Yet Bethlehem’s early firefighters overcame each of these challenges and more with courage, humor, and camaraderie.

Featuring 200 extraordinary images of antique fire apparatus, firefighters, and more-many published here for the first time-this book will appeal to any historian who wants to experience the labors of the early firefighters of America.

The book will be available for signing and purchase at the event.