The Hartford Public Library has started a scrapbook project to collect memories from the Hartford circus fire, Nicole Perez reports. Dozens died in that 1944 disaster, including David Fitzgerald’s 3-year-old brother, James.
Fitzgerald “remembers the 95-degree temperatures on July 6, 1944,” Perez writes. “He remembers jumping on a crowded bus with his brother, mother and next-door neighbors to go to the circus. He remembers sitting high on the wooden bleachers, and seeing orange flames to his left.”
Now 75, Fitzgerald attended the library’s event on Saturday to begin the scrapbook that will be presented next year to coincide with the fire’s 70th anniversary.
Do you have memories of the circus fire? Librarians invite you to write them down in the scrapbook located in the Hartford History Center on the downtown library’s third floor. If you’re out of state and can’t stop by, try contacting staff on the library’s Facebook page.