Paul Hirstein and wife and long-time friend George Cox visited the Bremen History Center on Tuesday. George taught science at Bremen Junior High until 1978. Paul was a member of the Bremen Water Department in the 1970s and, along with Charlie Sauter, got the standpipe listed as a national water landmark in 1975 and took the top honor that year. If you were around, you might remember him on horseback dressed as Paul Revere in honor of the 1976 Bicentennial.

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Paul also, with Steve Weaver, got the town board to allow them to paint the fire hydrants to look like colonial minutemen and other figures as part of the Bicentennial celebration. He personally painted more than 100 hydrants, starting with the one on the northwest corner of Plymouth and Center, right outside the History Center. He was eventually honored with seeing one painted to look like him.

Paul also fabricated the large map of America out of Plexiglas that is displayed in the History Center. This map was made for the 1976 Bicentennial and was displayed on the Swing Choir parade float and later in the halls of Bremen Elementary.

Paul has many photos of the Bicentennial projects, and we look forward to adding digital copies to our collection as soon as they can be scanned. Thanks, Paul, for all your efforts!