For Immediate Release
Event Date: April 25 to September 7, 2015
Philadelphia's Firefighting History on Display at the Mercer
Museum, Doylestown, PA
The Mercer Museum’s engaging exhibition will include more
than 175 historical firefighting artifacts including tools, colorful parade
regalia, apparel, artwork, photographs, fire engines and fire equipment, and
other unique items from the Museum’s permanent collection. The all-ages exhibit
will also feature hands-on activities for children.
Volunteer Firemen's Association Group Portrait, Ralph W.
Johnston (photographer), Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1907. This image of
Philadelphia VFA members with their hand engine was taken while on an excursion
to Pittsburgh in October 1907. Gift of the Volunteer Firemen’s Association
of Philadelphia. View
Doylestown, Pennsylvania, April 16, 2015
(McKenzieNewsService.com) - The sound of ringing fire
bells terrified urban dwellers throughout the 1800's. In the era before the
establishment of a professional city-wide fire department, protecting the city’s
residents was an important and highly-regarded act of public service. The
Mercer Museum will tell the exciting story of Philadelphia’s volunteer
firefighters in a new exhibit, “To
Save Our Fellow Citizens:” Volunteer Firefighting, 1800-1875. The show
will open on April 25 and run until September 7, 2015. The museum is located at
84 South Pine Street, Doylestown, PA.
Objects on view from the Mercer's collection include an early hand-powered
engine and a hose carriage, fire helmets and parade hats, badges, speaking
trumpets, paintings, and numerous photographs. Interactive exhibit experiences
include “Sound the Alarm,” which lets visitors try communicating the locations
of fires using the firefighters’ bell code system from the early 1800's. A
children’s play area lets kids dress up as firefighters and use a modern fire
hose and nozzle for pretend firefighting.
To Save Our Fellow Citizens is included with museum admission and is $14 for
adults, $12 for seniors and $8 for youth.
About the Mercer Museum
The Mercer Museum, one of Bucks County’s premier tourist attractions, offers
visitors a unique window into pre-Industrial America as seen through the
implements used in everyday life. The Museum’s collection includes more than
40,000 objects exhibiting the tools of more than 60 different crafts and trades,
providing one of the world’s most comprehensive portraits of material culture in
America. For more information, visit
Full Event Information:
Media Contact: Gayle Shupack
Phone: 215-345-0210 Ext. 131
Media Visits: Complimentary media visits for journalists
on assignment or with approved credentials. If you are unable to accept a
courtesy visit, a press rate can be negotiated.
84 S. Pine Street, Doylestown, Pennsylvania, 18901