David Siegel was well into a three-year journey putting together a book updating the history of the Green Bay Fire Department when he connected with us. What started out as a little side project had mushroomed into a massive research endeavor, and David realized he needed help getting this incredible undertaking to the finish line. The result is a beautiful book that Green Bay’s local historian claims “will be referenced forever.”
David Siegel is a firefighter and paramedic with the Green Bay Metro Fire Department.
This Facebook page includes updates on historical research, “This Day in History” entries, and various historical tidbits all related to the Green Bay Fire Department.
Author David Siegel offers a variety of presentations on the history of the Green Bay Fire Department. These range from 10 minutes to two hours, and are suitable for social groups, employee events or client entertainment. Contact David at email@example.com
Nothing happens in a vacuum, including the evolution of fire departments and other city services whose stories largely have been lost to history. David Siegel’s exhaustive investigation into the Forces of Change that occurred during the early development of Green Bay, Wisconsin, illustrates how major events played a role in shaping the frontier community’s future.
Siegel’s research, drawn from historical records including Common Council minutes, newspaper accounts, legal proceedings, maps and classic photographs, demonstrates how events pushed and pulled Green Bay’s founding fathers into action. These forces set the stage for the modern-day Green Bay Metro Fire Department and its supporting infrastructure, as well as other aspects of life that are still in play today.
David’s Upcoming Events
Walking in the Shadow of History – The Great Green Bay Fire of 1880
Tuesday, September 20 at 2:00 pm
Downtown Green Bay Walking Tour
Walk the path of the Great Green Bay Fire on it’s 142nd anniversary with local historical author and Green Bay firefighter, David Siegel.
The story of the Great Green Bay Fire of 1880 is taken from Siegel’s book “Forces of Change,” an extensive investigation into the early development of the Green Bay Fire Department.
The Great Green Bay Fire of 1880
Tuesday, September 20 at 6:00 pm
Brown County Central Library
Join local historical author and Green Bay firefighter, David Siegel as he explains The Great Green Bay Fire that took place on September 20, 1880. This historic fire destroyed more buildings than any other fire in the Green Bay’s history. Siegel will describe the cause of the fire, initial failed attempts to extinguish the flames and provide first-hand description of the disaster.
The story is drawn from the book, “Forces of Change,” which explores the early history of the Green Bay Fire Department.
“It is absolutely because of Mike and Bonnie at M&B Global Solutions that I was able to complete my book on the early history of the Green Bay Fire Department. I brought a great deal of passion, enthusiasm and information on the fire department, but I lacked the ability and experience to put it together into a book. Mike and Bonnie provided the experience to transform my information, my vision into a wonderful book that I’m entirely proud of.”