The Lower Columbia Preservation Society will present a lecture "Historic Landscapes" by Gail Evans-Hatch 7. p.m. Wednesday at the Clatsop Community College Performing Arts Center, 1642 Exchange St., in Astoria.

Hatch, of Astoria, works throughout the United States as a cultural resource specialist, developing historic resource inventories, publishing her work in historic journals and engaging the public through oral presentations. Her lecture will discuss the importance of identifying historic landscapes and how preserved landscapes may enhance a culture. She will cover how to define a cultural landscape through the imprint of human activity upon it, and how to read the history of the land through written documents, photographs, maps and oral histories.

Hatch will also describe the development of Clatsop Plains, which has its own distinctive cultural landscape today. Slides depicting the imprint of historical themes and various activities will be shown; such as nonnative, introduced vegetation on and near the beach, agricultural fields and fences along the Skipanon and Necanicum rivers, 100-year-old structures, railroad beds, two old canals, old resort grounds, former roads and bridges, and other features.

"The visible features of a landscape -its vegetation, field patterns and fences, buildings, roads, railroads, and canals can tell us a great deal about a place and its people." she said. "With practice and an educated eye, the critically important character-defining features of a landscape, rural and urban alike, can be 'read,' savored, and perpetuated."

The evening includes a brief annual meeting of the Lower Columbia Preservation Society.

The lecture was made possible in part by a grant from the Oregon Council for the Humanities, a statewide nonprofit organization and an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information, call (503) 325- 0209.

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 more information, call (503) 325- 3981. For updates on this and other LCPS-sponsored events, visit the LCPS Web site at (


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