LEWISTON – Streets are something most of us take for granted, but they all started with a plan. The Historical Association of Lewiston will offer a ride back to a time to explore how a busy Native American focal point along the Lower Niagara River developed into present-day Lewiston.
Ken Slaugenhoupt, a local history buff and licensed land surveyor, will share his research on the shape and configuration of the village streets at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Lutheran Church of the Messiah, 915 Oneida St. The title of his program is “Lewiston, From Wilderness to Today.”
Slaugenhoupt will discuss the history and modifications made in the intervening years and look at the settlement of Lewiston through the eyes of a land surveyor.
Some questions included in the discussion will be: When was the village first designed? What are the factors that influenced the location of the streets? How did these things change through the years, from the first discovered survey in 1768 to a village design from the 1790s? What changes were made after the village burning and resettlement following the War of 1812?
The program, part of the association’s monthly series, is free and open to all. Refreshments will be served.