THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
TV "Road Trip" Features Peshtigo Fire Museum
The Peshtigo Fire Museum and Fire Cemetery will be featured on two Channel 5 television "Road Show" airings in the coming week - from 9 to 10 a.m. on Friday, July 7, and starting at 6:45 a.m. on Sunday, July 9.
Road Show team members Millaine Wells and Lisa Malak directed filming at the museum and Peshtigo Fire Cemetery on Tuesday, June 27. Mayor Cathi Malke said she was on hand to watch the filming but did not participate. Jerry Devroy, a museum curator and member of its board of directors, provided information on the fire, the cemetery and items on display in the museum. Many of the artifacts preserved in the museum date from the horrendous Peshtigo Fire that destroyed the city and much of the surrounding countryside on Oct. 8, 1871, taking thousands of lives. Many of its victims are buried in the Peshtigo Fire Cemetery adjacent to the museum.
There is a renewed interest in preserving the city's history. Malke said while the museum will remain the focal point for city and fire artifacts, she is seeking other city memorabilia to put on permanent display in the glass cases near the library entry at the Municipal Building.
The first items slated to become part of that collection are a 1930s-era Peshtigo baseball uniform donated by Chuck and Patty Vallance, and an old advertising ruler from the W. A. Moore Jewelry Store that was given to her by Cindy Mylener. The Moore Jewelry Store had handed out the rulers to customers at Christmas.
Malke asked anyone willing to share old Peshtigo memorabilia to bring it to City Hall. Staff there will tabulate donor information, which will be displayed with the item and retained for city records. She said library staff members have volunteered to make tags for the displays naming the donor and identifying the item.
She commented that showing old items in the glass display cases is one way to keep them from harm and ensure that they are preserved for future generations to view and enjoy.