Forged by Fire: The Life and Legacy of Harry Howard (Thursday, November 10)

The library, in collaboration with the FASNY Museum of Firefighting and the Greenport Historical Society, presents a lecture on FASNY’s current exhibit celebrating the 200th Birthday of Harry Howard, Chief of the New York City Volunteer Fire Department (1857-1860). Featuring artwork and documents, the exhibit recounts Harry’s life, accomplishments, philanthropy and legacy as it relates to Hudson, New York State, and beyond. This lecture will provide an overview of this exhibit, titled Forged by Fire: The Life and Legacy of Harry Howard, on display through June 2023.

Date/Time: Thursday, November 10, 6 – 7:30pm

Location: Hudson Area Library Community Room

Registration: No registration required.


Lauryn Czyzewski is the Assistant Curator at the FASNY Museum of Firefighting in Hudson, NY. She recently curated two new exhibits that celebrate the 200th Birthday of Chief Harry Howard and the 150th Anniversary of the Firefighter’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY). Lauryn graduated from SUNY Potsdam in 2019 with a Bachelor’s degree in Archaeological Studies and minors in History, Anthropology, and Museum Studies. Lauryn’s other historical interests include maritime history of the 20th and 21st century.

Established in 1925 with an original donation of four fire engines, the FASNY Museum of Firefighting in Hudson, New York has grown into an educational institution occupying more than 50,000 square feet and featuring 90 vintage and rare fire engines dating back to 1731.

The Greenport Historical Society was founded on April 25, 1985. The Society cultivates an awareness of the rich history that existed in the Town of Greenport and its environs, and to record and preserve that history for future generations.