The Historical Association of Lewiston presents "Lewiston, From Wilderness to Today" as its monthly program Thursday, Feb. 26. The event begins at 7 p.m. inside Lutheran Church of the Messiah, 915 Oneida St., Lewiston.
Local resident Ken Slaugenhoupt, a lifelong Lewiston history buff, will share his research on the shape and configuration of the village streets.
Long before the European explorers landed at the "Lower Landing," it was a focal point for transportation by the natives. What did the area look like before the impact of these early explorers and following settlers? It was not always a neat, rectangular set of streets. Someone had to decide how to establish the village and how to modify it through the intervening years.
Slaugenhoupt, a state-licensed land surveyor, has looked at this settlement practice through the eyes of a land surveyor. When was the village first designed? What were the factors that influenced the location of the streets? How did these things change through the years? Looking from the first discovered survey in 1768, to a village designed in the 1790s, the changes brought about after the village burning and resettlement following the War of 1812, Slaugenhoupt will show guests how Lewiston came to look the way it does today.
The event is free to attend and open to all. Refreshments will be served.