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Posted Saturday, January 25th, 2020

Program Will Highlight 220 Years of Fighting Fires in Morristown 

Historian Robert J. Fredericks


Historian Robert J. Fredericks will discuss 220 years of fighting fires in Morristown to coincide with Morris County Historical Society’s exhibit, Up in Smoke.

Fredericks will discuss his recent book, The Flame Fighters of Morristown: 220 Years of Serving the People of Morristown, 1797 – 2017, at MCHS’s Acorn Hall on Sunday, Feb. 2, at 1:30 p.m. RSVP by Jan. 29 by emailing [email protected] or by calling 973-267-3465.

Based on archives dating back to 1797, Fredericks examined 220 years of firefighting in Morristown, from bucket brigades to state-of-the-art equipment, the evolution of individual fire companies, major fires in Morristown, and contributions to the community made by individual firefighters.

Historical image of two fire trucks in front of fire house.A native of New York City, Fredericks has lived in Morristown and Morris Township for 50 years. He is a past president of MCHS, The Washington Association of New Jersey, and is the Morris Township Historian. His book will be available for purchase and signing.

MCHS is located at Acorn Hall, 68 Morris Ave., Morristown, and is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sundays, 1-4 p.m. Admission, which includes the exhibits and grounds, is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $7 for students, and is free for children under 12 and MCHS members. For more information, call (973) 267-3465 or visit County Historical Society logoFounded in 1945, MCHS is a member-supported 501 (c) 3 organization whose mission is to preserve and promote the history of Morris County. The MCHS receives operating funds from the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the New Jersey Historical Commission and project/preservation grant funding from the New Jersey Historic Trust, 1772 Foundation, and Morris County Historic Preservation Trust among other sources.