May 18 Picture Shows: Fires & Firefighting

The Fond du Lac Public Library’s popular History at Home series on May 18 will feature the second installment of a new quarterly event: Fond du Lac Picture Shows. At 2 p.m. and repeated at 6 p.m., Tracy Reinhardt of the Fond du Lac County Historical Society will share a slideshow of archival photos of the fires and firefighters in the area’s past.

In addition, attendees are invited to bring their own fire photos to the presentations. Historical Society personnel will scan the photos and return them to their owners on the spot. The scanned digital images will be added to the society’s collection, for posterity.

“Fires and Firefighting” will be followed by two more Picture Shows this year:

  • August 17: “Church and School”
  • November 16: “Let’s Go Downtown”

Reinhardt literally wrote the book on Fond du Lac’s most-famous fires, “The Night the Churches Burned.” She is the Historical Society’s library director and archivist, hopes to get inundated with fire photos.

“Digital technology allows us to share our histories without having to give anything up,” Reinhardt said. “For generations to come, our community will benefit.”

In the photo: The notorious fire of 1908 destroyed seven buildings, including St. Joseph's Church, Crescent Garage and Grant School. Photo courtesy Fond du Lac County Historical Society.



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