The Lower Columbia Preservation Society sponsors a lecture, "Historic Neighborhoods of the Lower Columbia," at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26 at the Clatsop County Heritage Museum, 1618 Exchange St. The evening features an overview of our area's historic structures and the programs in place to preserve them.

Presenters will include Jill Grady of the Cannon Beach Historical Society and author of "The Cottages of Cannon Beach," who will provide a wealth of information about that unique coastal town. Patricia Roberts, chairwoman of the Gearhart Landmarks Commission, will share her insights into the past of the Gearhart community. From Ilwaco, Wash., Nancy Olson from the Ilwaco Heritage Museum will be talking about that area's waterfront history. And Rosemary Johnson, planner and historic preservation officer for the City of Astoria, will help define the differences between Astoria's Historic Districts and show how each contributes to the town's unique character.

The lecture will be enhanced with a slide show featuring photos of cottages in Cannon Beach, oceanfront homes in Gearhart and the neighborhoods of Astoria. Pat Roberts, program coordinator, said that Cannon Beach, Gearhart, Astoria and Ilwaco are close geographically, but that each town is distinct and different from the others. "Many of the neighborhoods are historic and still retain much of their original character and sense of place," Roberts said. "But why are they the way they are? How did they get that way? This will be the focus of our program." There will be opportunities for the public to ask questions and share thoughts, and refreshments will be served after the program.

The lecture is free and open to the public. The Lower Columbia Preservation Society is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to preserve, protect and promote the historic architecture in the Lower Columbia region.

For information, call (503) 738-8695 after 5 p.m. For updates on this and other LCPS-sponsored events, visit the LCPS Web site at www.lcpsweb.org

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