Maine - Fire of 1947Nov. 18 - 7:30 pm (Berwick Academy) - "Maine Burning: The Fire of 1947" - Brad Fletcher discusses the terrifying week in the autumn of 1947 in which wildfires burned over 200,000 acres, destroying nine communities and over 1,000 homes and businesses.

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In October, 1947, a weeklong series of forest fires swept across Maine, burning over 200,000 acres of land. Brad Fletcher will discuss the events of the historic fire that left sixteen dead, nine communities destroyed, 2,500 homeless and $30 million in property damage.

This lecture will be held Thursday evening, November 18, starting at 7:30 pm. Sponsored by the Old Berwick Historical Society, the program will be held at Berwick Academy's Jeppesen Science Center on Academy Street, and the public is invited. Refreshments will be served by volunteers.

Brad Fletcher is an upper school history teacher at Berwick Academy. The upcoming program is part of the Old Berwick Historical Society's 2010 series of talks, walks and historical events. The series, supported by member donations, includes seven monthly evening presentations as well as other local history events around South Berwick.

More information on the Counting House Museum and all the Old Berwick Historical Society's programs is available at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by calling (207) 384-0000.

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