The burned section amounted to the city’s entire commercial heart, and it disrupted mercantile trade and dealt a severe and lasting economic blow. At the time of The Great Fire, Albany had an all-volunteer firefighting force – many of them Irish Americans.
The Irish American Heritage Museum in Albany, NY will host “The Great Albany Fire of 1848,” a program with Jack McEneny and Tony Opalka set for Wednesday, February 16th. The program is an installment of the museum’s Collars, Canals & Conflagration Series.
The panelists will reveal other potential Irish links as well as the changes that the City enforced to prevent such a disaster from ever happening again.
This event will begin at 7 pm and can be attended in-person at the Museum, or can be streamed live on YouTube.