The Bangor Daily News’ weekend edition and bangordailynews.com beginning Friday will mark the 100th anniversary of The Great Fire of 1911.
Readers can step back 100 years and explore Bangor when a small fire in a hay shed spread to consume much of downtown and hundreds of homes and businesses. There will be a vintage front page on Saturday, staff and contributed stories, historic photos and a pullout map, combined with a unique interactive experience at bangordailynews.com.
In addition to the special BDN coverage, the committee for the Great Fire of 1911 has scheduled activities to mark the 100th anniversary of the fire that occurred on April 30, 1911, in Bangor. These include:
• 1911 Bangor Fire, part 2, WLBZ-TV NewsCenter, April 29
• Photo exhibit, opening 4-6 p.m. April 29, Bangor Public Library
• 100 Years of Hope organ concert, 7:30 p.m. April 29, St. John’s Episcopal Church
• Mapping the Great Fire of 1911, by Bangor High School students, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. April 30, 73 Central St.
• Hose 5 Fire Museum, open 9 a.m.-3 p.m April 30, 247 State St.
• “Bill Green’s Maine,” 7 p.m. April 30, WLBZ-TV
• FIRE! exhibit opening 10 a.m.-3 p.m. April 30, 73 Central St., curated by Richard Shaw
• Commemorating the Fire ceremony, 4 p.m. April 30, near Gomez Park, Broad Street
• 1911 on Fire, 2011 Fired Up art exhibit, opening May 7, By Design Gallery, 20 Harlow St.
• Antique fire equipment exhibit, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. May 30, Pickering Square
• Children’s Fire Tour map, launch in June at Maine Discovery Museum
• Bangor Band opening concert, 7 p.m. June 14, Peirce Memorial Park, next to Bangor Public Library, Harlow Street
• Story of the Bangor Fire, July 26, Children’s Room, Bangor Public Library
• Lantern slide show, September, Bangor Public Library
• Reconstruction: The Great Designers Lecture Series, to be arranged
• Talk and Walk 1911 Fire presentations, speakers available on request, 942-1900
Additional events are being planned. These events are brought to the community by the Fire Commemoration Committee: Bangor Museum and History Center, Hose 5 Fire Museum, Maine Discovery Museum, Bangor High School, Fairmount School, Bangor Public Library, Bangor Fire Department, Bangor Daily News, WBRC Architects-Engineers, Bangor Savings Bank, WLBZ-TV, WABI-TV, Richard R. Shaw, Paul E. Tower, John Frawley, Sara Martin and others who offered their help and expertise.