Sunday, June 5 at 2 pm
Join museum historian Dr. Jan Davidson as she explores how the history of the region’s fire service has changed over time. Learn more about some of the people who have served as volunteers and paid members of our local fire companies. Hear about the ways the history of the city’s fire companies sheds light on how life in the Cape Fear region has changed over the centuries. Afterward, experience our new in-house curated exhibition, Fire!
About our Historian
Jan Davidson earned her PhD from the University of Delaware in 2000. Her thesis explored the history of women workers on the Pennsylvania Railroad in World War I. Davidson worked at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History (2000-2005) as the historian for the exhibit America on the Move, and is the co-author of On the Move, Transportation and the American Story. She has served as the Cape Fear Museum’s historian since 2005. She performs research into a wide range of topics for exhibits and Museum programs. Dr. Davidson is particularly interested in African American history and is currently working on a project exploring enslavement in New Hanover County.