PESHTIGO—The Peshtigo Historical Society will hold a ceremony Friday in memory of the The Great Peshtigo Fire.
A firestorm swept through the community of Peshtigo 150 years ago, Oct. 8, 1871, decimating the city in one hour. More than 1,500 people lost their lives.
The public is invited to a sesquicentennial remembrance in memory of those who perished and survived the fire.
Memorial dedication by the Peshtigo Fire Museum will be held at 9:30 a.m., with the museum open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be a Peshtigo Fire PowerPoint at Peshtigo City Hall at noon. Commemorative postmark on stamped envelopes will be available at Drees Center from noon to 5 p.m.
The memorial will be held at the gazebo by the Peshtigo River, which will include a welcome, a presentation featuring: Peshtigo 1871, Before the Fire, The end of the World, Amazing Grace performed and I am .... Afterwards, a wreath will be placed and taps performed.
At 7 p.m., people may bring a lantern or flashlight for a walk to the museum, where a presentation will be held featuring the Firestorm, Aftermath, Survival and a prayer. Bells will be rung at 8 p.m. to conclude the day.