To mark the 100th anniversary of the Great Salem Fire of 1914, Salem State University and Historic Salem, Inc. will hold a two-day symposium “Conflagration!” on June 20 and 21. The symposium, which will be held on campus, will include presentations and walking tours recounting the cataclysmic events that destroyed more than 250 acres and 1,376 buildings.
Local Salem residents and scholars affiliated with Salem institutions – Salem State University, the National Park Service, the Peabody Essex Museum, the Salem Athenaeum and Historic New England – have collaborated to develop this symposium to commemorate this historic Salem event. Featured will be nationally known keynote speaker, Bruce Hensley, author of Crucible of Fire: Nineteenth-century Urban Fires and the Making of the Modern Fire Service, and five scholars in the community who have done extensive research on the subject.
For more information and to register, visit salemstate.edu/salemfire or call 978.542.7757. This conference is co-sponsored by Historic Salem, Inc. and Salem State University with generous additional support from Beverly Bank and Salem Five.