CONFLAGRATION! THE GREAT SALEM FIRE OF 1914 a centennial symposium
JUNE 20 - 21 MARSH CONFERENCE CENTER
SALEM STATE UNIVERSITY 71 LORING AVE, SALEM MA
On June 25, 1914 fire broke out in the Korn leather factory at 57 Boston Street in Salem and was quickly carried by high winds across the city. By dawn the next morning the blaze had finally been quenched, but much of Salem lay in ruins. More than 18,000 people were left homeless and 10,000 were without jobs.
This two-day symposium will be held at Salem State University near the 100th anniversary date of the conflagration. During this conference, we will recount the dramatic story of the fire that raged for 15 hours and destroyed 1,376 buildings on 253 acres across a swath of the city from the leather district in Blubber Hollow to Salem Harbor and ignited other blazes in North Salem and Marblehead.
Co-sponsored by Historic Salem, Inc., Historic New England and Salem State University
Friday, June 20, 2014 4:30 pm Walking tour of the Great Salem Fire of 1914 with Margherita Desy and Donald Friary 6:30 pm Preview: “Images of the Great Salem Fire from the Nelson Dionne Collection,” Salem State University Archives 7:00 pm KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Bruce Hensler, firefighter and fire historian, “Crucible of Fire: Nineteenth-century Urban Fires and the Making of the Modern Fire Service” 8:00 pm Wine and cheese reception and viewing of “Images of the Great Salem Fire from the Nelson Dionne Collection,” Salem State University Archives Saturday, June 21, 2014 8:30 am Registration and coffee 9:00 am Welcome and opening remarks: Beth Anne Bower, chief of staff to the president, Salem State University Introduction: Bethany Jay, assistant professor of history, Salem State University, and symposium moderator 9:10 am Margherita M. Desy, historian, Naval History and Heritage Command Detachment Boston, United States Navy, “Fire will Destroy Property Despite all the Ingenuity of Man: Fighting the 1914 Salem Conflagration” 10:00 am Emily A. Murphy, park historian and acting chief of resource stewardship at Salem Maritime and Saugus Iron Works National Historic sites, “‘The Military Call’: The National Guard Response to the Great Salem Fire of 1914.” 10:50 am Donald R. Friary, president, Colonial Society of Massachusetts, “Rebuilding Salem: Slate Roofs, Brick Three Deckers, and the Quaint Colonial Type.” 11:40 am Comments and questions 12:00 pm Lunch 12:15 pm Open forum to share family memories of the Great Salem Fire 1:30 pm Elizabeth Blood, professor of French and chair of the world languages and cultures department at Salem State University, and Elizabeth Duclos-Orsello, associate professor of interdisciplinary studies and coordinator of American studies at Salem State University, “Le Grand Feu: Franco-American Memories of the Great Fire.” 3:00 pm Soft drinks and comments and questions 3:30 pm Closing remarks 4:00 pm Walking tour of The Point with Elizabeth Blood and Elizabeth Duclos-Orsello. Walking Tours: Pre-registration required; $10 per person fee for either or both Friday and Saturday walking tours for those registered for the conference; $12 for non-registrants Conference: Advance registration recommended; $25 fee includes lunch and refreshment breaks Registration: For more information and to register, visit salemstate.edu/salemfire or call 978.542.7757 To request accommodations: Contact disability services at 978.542.6217 or email@example.com The Salem Fire conference is co-sponsored by Historic Salem, Inc. and Salem State University with generous additional support from Beverly Bank and Salem Five symposium schedule