Blaikie Hines is a local Civil War collector, historian and author who grew up in a family steeped in Civil War history. Along with two great-great-grandfathers who served from Pennsylvania and Masschusetts, his great uncle was a Lutheran minister who graduated from Gettysburg Seminary in 1909 and had his first hand stories of that great battle from eye witnesses. His great-great-grandfather from Massachusetts fought in the First Battle of Bull Run.

Heins will present on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. at the Hope Corner Fire Station.

He recently published “An Illustrated Atlas and Battlefield Guide to The Battle of First Bull Run, July 21, 1861.”

He said in a news release, “My book is not so much about what is new about what is said, rather it is new in what it illustrates. With over 500 illustrations and 82 maps, it will be the most complete volume with regard to images and maps to be published on the great battle.” The publication date is in November 2011. He is also author of “Civil War Volunteers Sons of Connecticut,” published by American Patriot Press.

Hines, with his wife Judith, makes his home in Thomaston, where he is well known fine art conservator who specializes in 19th century paintings and frames.

This is the 2011 annual meeting of the Hope Historical Society. Hines’ talk, open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m. preceded by a 6 p.m. business meeting and a potluck supper for Hope Historical Society members.