Press Release

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 Larger Image 


Doylestown, Pennsylvania, April 16, 2015 ( - 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  


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Mercer Museum

84 S. Pine Street, Doylestown, Pennsylvania, 18901