02/15/09 233 W - + 10 - 17 Firefighter Excursions, Conventions, Contents, 1868-1912

Time to get moving on some long-simmering projects. First out of the gate is a load of information about North Carolina Firefighter excursions, conventions, and contests from 1868 to 1912. This new site includes 650 images of newspaper announcements and articles, nearly all published in Raleigh newspapers. From 1868 to 1888, the articles recount the excursions of Raleigh firefighters to other cities, as well as some early fireman's tournaments. From 1888 to 1912, the clippings chronicle the annual conventions and tournaments of the white and black state fireman's associations. The meetings and contests took place throughout North Carolina, and the participating fire companies hailed from many different cities.
In addition to the clippings is a summary document, which watches the events through the eyes of Raleigh's volunteer fire companies. The narrative is a draft document. Beta version, if you will. This is something new, posting a not-quite-finished version. But even a published draft is more useful than an unseen version sitting on a hard drive. The summary document has been in a work-in-progress for a while. The newspaper clippings were compiled during a prior year's research, documenting Raleigh Fire Department history for those years. See these e-books for more. The clippings are large-enough for reading and total about a half-gig in size. Took forever to upload. Enjoy, and advise if you have questions, comments, or problems.
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