RHGS Program: Thumb Fires with Alan Naldrett

Event Type: RHGS
Date: 9/17/2019
Start Time: 6:00 PM
End Time: 7:00 PM
 It is unimaginable to picture whole counties burning, but that was the case in 1871, and then remarkably, ten years later again in 1881! The whole Michigan Thumb suffered two disastrous fires, mostly due to the combination of fuel in the form of tree leaves, stumps, branches left by the lumber industry, a drought, and hot weather and wind. The Thumb Fire of 1881 brought the American Red Cross to the first major disaster they went to. In the days when a bucket brigade was often a town’s only defense against a fire, the great Thumb fires taught many communities that they needed to form fire departments and practice fire prevention.

Alan Naldrett is an archivist. author, historian and retired academic and medical librarian.He has written twenty books, many about Michigan history. He graduated from Michigan State, where he opened one of the first used record shops in the nation. He received master’s degrees in Library and Information Science and Archival Science from Wayne State University and plays in a blues band He is a former comic book store and insurance agency owner.

Location: Erin Auditorium