What do people ask Hope Historical Society the most? "How can I get a hold of Anna Hardy's book?" And why does Hope library keep Anna Sinpson Hardy. "A History of Hope, Maine." 1990 under lock and key?

Because copies kept getting stolen. Finding and borrowing a copy of Hardy's book has become a social pass time. Used copies can be found online for $150, $181. 59 and $182.90.

Well, now there’s an alternative. And it's free Tuesday, Aug. 20, at 7:30 p.m. at Hope Historical Home, Route 105.

Thomas Vinal Hardy will extemporize on his re-write of his mother's book.

For more than a decade, Hardy has been re-doing "A History of Hope, Maine." It's not just a correction of errors Tom and Anna knew about before her death. There have been research findings since 1990, a number of them by Tom himself as a result of long hours spent in Massachusetts archives. Finally, the new "History of Hope, Maine" will be coming out.

The presentation will follow a short Hope Historical business meeting at 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. As with all Hope Historical meetings, it is free and open to the public.