2017-10-12 / Community News

Museum to host Fire of ‘47 lecture

The Brick Store Museum will present The Fire of ’47: 70th Anniversary Retrospective lecture by Kennebunk Town Historian Stephen Spofford on Saturday, Oct. 14th at 7 p.m. at Kennebunk Town Hall.

There is no charge for children younger than 18.

The Fire of ’47 was a collection of over 200 fires that burned in the state of Maine from Oct. 13 through Oct. 27. Together, the fires consumed a quarter of a million acres of forest and wiped out nine entire towns. The fires burned from Bar Harbor (which was almost completely destroyed) to Kennebunkport and Goose Rocks Beach. as1947 became known as “The Year Maine Burned.”

Spoffordwill present an hour-long presentation on the fire’s timeline and path of destruction in the Kennebunks. Photographs, artifacts, oral histories and home movies will be included in the presentation, all from the Brick Store Museum’s collection.

“Wildfire Loose: The Week Maine Burned,” by Maine historian Joyce Butler, will be on sale during the presentation (books are currently for sale in the Brick Store Museum’s shop. The Brick Store Museum is featuring an exhibition about the Fire of ’47 through Nov. 12t For more information, visit www.brickstoremuseum.org or call 985- 4802.

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