"The Great Boston Fire: The Inferno That Nearly Incinerated The City"; w/author Stephanie Schorow

The Friends of the Charlestown Branch of the Boston Public Library hosts a book talk with Stephanie Schorow, author of "The Great Boston Fire," on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022.
By: Friends of the Charlestown Branch of the BPL
Great Boston Fire book cover
Great Boston Fire book cover
BOSTON - Oct. 14, 2022 - PRLog -- For two days in November 1872, a massive fire swept through Boston, leaving the downtown in ruins and the population traumatized. Coming barely a year after the infamous Chicago fire, Boston's inferno turned out to be one of the most calamitous in Boston's history, as well as one of the most expensive fires per acre in U.S. history.

The downtown fire spanned two days and would end up destroying 776 buildings across 65 acres of land. The fire spread easily across the wooden roofs of buildings, where the fire department struggled to get enough water pressure to put the fire out. Many firefighting units rushed in from neighboring towns, including Charlestown. Adjacent states also scrambled to assist in the firefighting effort.

Yet today few are aware of how close Boston came to total destruction. Boston author Stephanie Schorow masterfully recounts the fire's history from the foolish decisions that precipitated it to the heroics of firefighters who fought it. Published last November, The Great Boston Fire was written to commemorate the 150th anniversary of this massive fire, which took place specifically on November 9 and 10, 1872.

Lavishly illustrated with period artwork and photographs and published just before the fire's 150th anniversary, The Great Boston Fire, selected by WBUR for its 2022 Winter Book Guide, captures the drama of a life-and-death battle in the heart of the city.

Listings info.:
The Great Boston Fire: The Inferno That Nearly Incinerated The City. Book presentation given by author Stephanie Schorow. Hosted by the Friends of the Charlestown Branch of the Boston Public Library. Thursday, October 27, 6:30 pm. Free and open to all, including a book signing. Wheelchair accessible; conveniently located near public transportation. Charlestown Branch Library, 179 Main Street, Charlestown, MA 02129. For more information: www.facebook.com/FriendsCharlestownBranchLibrary,
friendsofcharlestownlib@gmail.com, 617-242-1248.

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