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Boston Fire Department
The Boston Fire Department is an organization of dedicated professionals who are committed to serving the community by protecting life, property, and the environment through prevention, education, emergency medical and fire services.
Boston Fire Historical Society
The Society was founded in 2006 to create, maintain and grow a venue for researchers and students of Boston fire history to extend knowledge of the history of Boston as it relates to fire and fire-fighting. It is a tax exempt, non-profit organization, with no direct connection or affiliation with the Boston Fire Department. The Society is an all-volunteer association seeking to preserve and catalog the many historical records of the Department for research and educational purposes. The Society has the Cocoanut Grove fire story online as well as a special section featuring historical data, photographs and witness statements.
The Boston Fire Museum, owned and operated by the Boston Sparks Association, has occupied the old firehouse at 344 Congress St, Boston, since 1983. The goal of the Museum is to preserve and display fire fighting memorabilia from the Greater Boston area, educate and inform the general public on fire safety, restore and maintain the "Landmark" building we occupy, and to support the fire service in general. The Boston Fire Museum has original artifacts from the Cocoanut Grove on display in a mock-up of the Melody Lounge where the fire originated. The Museum is open to the public on Saturdays from 11am to 5pm or by appointment. Admission is free.
Boston Public Library
Founded in 1848, the Boston Public Library was the first large free municipal library in the United States. Its mission is to preserve and provide access to historical records of our society, and to serve the cultural, educational, and informational needs of the people of the City and the Commonwealth.
City of Boston Archives
Established by state legislative mandate in 1988, the City of Boston Archives preserves and provides access to Boston’s historic municipal records. The documents and photographs maintained in the City Archives document both the legal rights of Boston’s citizens and Boston’s historic municipal experience. As the official archives of one of the United States’ oldest cities, the materials found in the Archives chronicle events of both local and national significance. The City Archives is the legal repository for all official City of Boston government records relating to the fire
Massachusetts General Hospital
MGH, a 907-bed medical center in Boston, founded in 1811, is the third-oldest general hospital in the United States. It was the first teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School (HMS) and remains closely affiliated with HMS. The MGH was instrumental in receiving and providing treatment for victims of the Cocoanut Grove fire. Read highlights of the MGH's history.
National Fire Protection Association
NFPA, an international nonprofit organization, was established in 1896 to reduce fire and other hazards by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education. Historically, NFPA has collected fire incident records, fire statistics, and histories of fires in the United States. The Cocoanut Grove collection in its Archives is the most-often collection requested by researchers.

The Cocoanut Grove Memorial Committee, a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, was established in 2015 to help Boston recognize the Cocoanut Grove Fire, allow future generations to learn, and to help those currently in need. Their objective is to create a living memorial at Shriners Hospitals Children in Boston, MA that preserves and honors the memories of the victims, survivors, first responders, and medical professionals. 

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