Opened in May of 1992, the Brockton Fire Museum was constructed for the purpose of preserving the proud history of fire fighting in the Brockton area. The artfully designed building, with wide pumpkin pine floors and subdued lighting, effectively conveys the atmosphere of a classic Brockton fire station during Victorian times. Literally thousands of fascinating fire-fighting artifacts are preserved within the 2000 square-foot structure. The largest object on display is the beautifully restored 1850s Hand-Tub Pumper called “The Protector.” There is also a touching memorial dedicated to the memory of the 13 Brockton firemen who were killed in the Strand Theater disaster in 1941, the most firemen killed in a building fire in the nation’s history.
Billing itself as “the only authentic shoe museum in America,” the Brockton Shoe Museum features footwear exhibits that trace the history of American shoes from early Indian moccasins to the sneakers worn by today’s marathon runners. The celebrity collection includes shoes worn by President Clinton, Red Sox slugger Ted Williams, and Boston Pops conductor Arthur Fiedler. There’s also a pair of
slippers worn by US Representative Barney Frank, black Allen-Edmonds dress shoes (size 8) worn by Regis Philbin, and a pair of multicolored John Fluevog ankle boots that Steven Tyler wore in the music video for “Walk This Way.”
The Shoe Museum, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, is part of the Brockton Historical Society Museums.
The Brockton Historical Society
The Brockton Historical Society is home to the Thomas Edison Exhibit and the memorabilia of the undefeated World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Rocky Marciano. Middleweight Marvelous Martin Hagler also hailed from Brockton.