On Tuesday, Aug. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Hope Historical Home, Hope Historical Society’s monthly meeting will feature Lincolnville historian Diane O’Brien.

It’s 150 years since the Great Rebellion of 1861-1865. Towns like Hope and Lincolnville contributed far beyond their share of fighting men and deaths. But what was that really like for these towns?

Martha Leach of South Hope and Helen Higgins of Greenacre Road in Lincolnville were Westbrook Seminary roommates. Martha had lost her husband in the war. The women’s correspondence is part of the 170 letters recovered from a barn on Route 1 in Lincolnville several years ago. They were the letters that Helen Higgins received from her roommate, Martha, plus every letter she ever sent to her mother. Analyzed and narrated as only Diane O’Brien can, they bring the roommates to life and paint a vivid picture of what life was like in these towns during the years following the Great Rebellion.

Hope Historical Home is on Route 105 (Camden Road) just north of the corner and in front of the new Hope Corner firehouse.

Like all meetings of Hope Historical Society, this one will be free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. The program will start at 7 p.m. following a very brief business meeting.

For more information, contact Hope Historical secretary Bill Jones. 763-3576. wijones@tidewater.net.