Program: A Fireman of 1899: His Life & Job!

Presented by William N. Moss. Thursday, August 14 @ 6:00 p.m. Registration required!

Attention Athol Firefighters!

Join the Athol Public Library at 568 Main Street on Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 6:00 p.m., when we welcome William N. Moss for an entertaining & educational history program on the occupation of a firefighter in his first person narration of A Fireman of 1899: His Life & Job!

Experience the journey as William Moss brings us back in time, dressed in period costume as a firefighter of more than a century ago.  He introduces audiences to the challenges of 19th century firefighters, both in their personal and professional lives.  Learn about the typical day of work, the dynamite men, fire horses, fire pumps & steamers, the bucket brigade, fire wardens, salvage companies, and the most important firefighting tools of the time.  This is a first person presentation of a firefighter, his life and his job from the period 1880 to 1899.

William N. Moss, of Harvard, has been a firefighter / Fire Chief for 30 years and is now retired.

Moss frequently conducts lectures at the state Firefighting Academy and Dartmouth College.  He got his start in crash / rescue in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War.  He became a fire service instructor through Richmond Technical Institute of Richmond, North Carolina.  Moss has been part of the instructor staff of the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy and the Para-Medic Program at Northeastern University.  Mr. Moss also has experience in other aspects of the fire service.

Moss has been involved in historical character presentations for more than a decade.  He offers many historical presentations: President Andrew Johnson, A Town Crier, A British Army Officer, A Fireman of 1899: His Life & Job and others.  Past performances include Storrowton Village in West Springfield, Sturbridge Village, New Hampshire Farm Museum, USS Constitution Museum, Dartmouth College and Northeastern University.

This library program is free and open to the public.

Please call the library to sign up at 978-249-9515.  REGISTRATION REQUIRED.  Space is limited.

Funding for this program is generously supplied by the Friends of the Athol Public Library.