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

Presented by Friends of the Charlestown Branch of the Boston Public Library at Boston Public Library: Charlestown Branch, Boston MA

Oct 27 2022

Author Stephanie Schorow (courtesy of the author)

The Friends of the Charlestown Branch of the Boston Public Library hosts Stephanie Schorow, author of “The Great Boston Fire,” written to commemorate the 150th anniversary of this massive fire, which took place on November 9 and 10, 1872.

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,

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Boston Public Library: Charlestown Branch

179 Main Street, Boston, MA 02129
(Neighborhood: Charlestown)


    • Wheelchair Access

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Face Masks Required: No
Social Distancing: No
Limited Capacity: Yes
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