Restoring History at the SFD

$1,150 of $8,000 goal

Raised by 18 people in 42 months

This FundMe Project is dedicated to raising moneys to support the acquisition restoration and display of Stamford Fire Department memoiblia, including photographs, record books, documents and firefighting equipment.

Please Note: This is a PRIVATE INTEREST project, NOT an official City of Stamford Fire Department Project. 

Items will be donated to and be publically viewable in person at Fire Department Headquaters as well as online at StamfordFire.com .

Photography
We plan to digitize and restore every Stamford Fire Department related photograph.  This will permanatly preserve them for future generations.
This photo is just one small example of how we can restore an old photograph.

Record Books & Documents
We plan to digitally scan record books and documents into PDF form and make them available online.  Some books and documents will be transcribed into digital databases for use in future projects.

Firefighting Memoriblia and Equipment
Firefighting memorabilia and equipment occassionally appears for sale in auction houses and ebay.  We would like to be able to acquire these at a resonable cost.





Display Cases
We are looking to acquire several new/used display cases.




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Please say a big thank you to Rich Gillespie for his generous donation. Because of him we were able to purchase a photo postcard of the earliest SFD "action" shot we know of. The postcard indicates that the photo was taken in 1910 on Easter Sunday. But according to our records, there were no fires on Easter Sunday of that year. However , we did find that on Easter Sunday March 23, 1913, the Beehler Hat Store in the Fessenden block on Atlantic St. opposite Bell St. caught fire. The recorded loss was $14,776. If you zoom in on the photo, the sign above the doorway appears to read "Mens Wear". This would be consistent for a "Hat Shop". The man standing out front on the street appears to be then Chief Harry Parker. We should have the original photo in our hands in a couple of days.
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Thank you to all that have contributed so far. Our first project is complete. The digitization of several documents that form a Historical Timeline of the Stamford Fire Department. You can download it as a PDF at StamfordFire.com
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The first job is already at the transcribers. We are creating a timeline spreadsheet of historical events that come from several different sources. This spreadsheet cover will events from the mid 1700's through the early 1980's.
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$1,150 of $8,000 goal

Raised by 18 people in 42 months
Created January 6, 2015
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Anonymous
1 month ago
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$50
Frank Blefari
1 month ago

Chief Bolster

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$100
Ron Graner
1 month ago

Phil. Thank you for all you have done and are doing to preserve SFR history

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$50
Peter Brown
1 month ago

Chief Bolster photo

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$50
Richard Gillespie
1 month ago

In honor of Chief Bolster.

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