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Peshtigo Fire - Recreate "The Peshtigo Fire" Painting

Peshtigo Fire - Recreate "The Peshtigo Fire" Painting
Peshtigo Fire - Recreate "The Peshtigo Fire" Painting
Peshtigo Fire - Recreate "The Peshtigo Fire" Painting
Peshtigo Fire - Recreate "The Peshtigo Fire" Painting
Peshtigo Fire - Recreate "The Peshtigo Fire" Painting
Peshtigo Fire - Recreate "The Peshtigo Fire" Painting
Peshtigo Fire - Recreate "The Peshtigo Fire" Painting
Peshtigo Fire - Recreate "The Peshtigo Fire" Painting
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Many people don't realize that the Great Chicago Fire that occurred on October 8, 1871 was not the only major catastrophe that day. While approximately 300 died in Chicago, the little logging town of Peshtigo, Wisconsin suffered a catastrophic fire that wiped out the town and left 1,500 dead with 300 of them unidentifiable and placed in a mass grave on the grounds of today’s Peshtigo Fire Museum.

Peshtigo, the lesser known of the two fires, was a logging community in eastern Wisconsin that had thousands and thousands of trees that had been logged and stacked for the timber industry as well as to make room for railroad tracks. Survivors of the fire noted such events as “fire tornadoes” occurring since the fire created its own weather system. Flames were reported to be burning 50 feet higher than the peaks of the pine trees, estimates of 2,000 degree temperatures in the heart of the fire, and families trying to survive by standing in the cold Peshtigo River with children on their shoulders all through the night as the ground was too hot to walk on even after the fire burned itself out. This fire sent burning embers down from the sky causing burn blisters on the skin of those below, some died from lack of their lungs being singed by the heat of the fire, and others died in wells thinking they would be safe from the fire; only to suffer death from the water boiling. This tragedy is sometimes known as “The Forgotten Fire”, but will be discovered and remembered by your students.

I have many students who enjoy drawing and art-related challenges and I'm sure you do too. This image gets printed out square by square, cut, and taped to the wall. Students then voluntarily choose which section from the 30 squares of the image they'd like to recreate (it is fun to have teachers participate too!). Even students who don't feel they are great at drawing want to participate by choosing a square that doesn't have a lot of detail. When they show me their completed image I have them cut it out and tape it to the wall in a grid I made of tape.


I have been amazed at how many students volunteered that I've decided to create a whole series of historic images for students to try and recreate so stay tuned for more!

Included in this product:

Everything gets printed on standard 8.5" x 11" paper

1 - Full image in grid
1 - 30 numbered squares on image to choose from
1 - Grid
1 - Set of printing instructions
30 - Sections for students to draw (with corresponding number on the back - so 60 total pages, but 30 back-to-back)

I think what I'll do is print out each number, the corresponding section, and a photo of each young artist to tape to the wall next to the finished recreation so others can see who took part in the recreation.

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