On Tuesday, Oct. 19 at the new Hope Corner Firehouse, Hope Historical Society’s annual meeting will feature Carolyn and Kate Wiley’s dramatic recounting of Maine’s disastrous 1947 summer of drought and fire.

In 1947, the national press focused on Mount Desert Island, 17,188 acres of which burned, and the worry that communists might have torched the Bar Harbor “millionaires row.” The charred panorama from atop Cadillac, with small unburned patches at the centers of Bar Harbor and Hull’s Cove, was dramatic, but the general public missed that this was just 8 percent of a state-wide catastrophe whose roots went back to the 1938 hurricane.

Like those Mainers who lived through the 1947 fires, those who have heard the Wiley’s “When Maine Burned” will never forget. Individuals that have never heard the Wileys or if those who want to hear them again, be at Hope Corner Fire Station by 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 19.

The firehouse is on Route 105 (Camden Road) just north of the Corner and behind the Hope Historical Home.

Like all meetings of Hope Historical Society, it is free and open to the public. A potluck supper begins at 6 p.m. Please bring a dish to share and a place setting. Or come just for the program, which will start at 7 p.m. following a very brief business meeting.

The Wiley’s are historians and writers known for their public speaking and musical presentations. Both are former teachers. Carolyn, from Warren, has been prominent in the Warren Historical Society, the Warren Library, and the Harborside Harmony barbershop singers. Her daughter, Kate, is from Searsport.

For more information, contact Publicity Head Hope Chase at 785-4903 or by e-mail hopeichase@gmail.com.