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St. Helens history book launch set for June

Local author worked with CCMA to write book

PHOTO COURTESY OF CRYSTAL FARNSWORTH - Author Tricia Brown collaborated with board members of the Columbia County Museum Association, along with other volunteers and contributors, to produce the new book 'St. Helens: Images of America.' Pictured clockwise, from lower left, are Barbara Larsen, Brown, Dave Parson, Les Watters, David Sprau, Duke Smith, and Joanne Pellham.The history of St. Helens is being told in 128 pages in the upcoming book “St. Helens: Images of America,” written by Scappoose author Tricia Brown in cooperation with the Columbia County Museum Association.

A book launch is scheduled for June 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the St. Helens Public Library. Brown and members of the CCMA board of directors will be on hand to give a presentation on St. Helens’ history and talk about the book.

“St. Helens: Images of America” is part of a series on places throughout the United States, published by South Carolina-based Arcadia Publishing.

COURTESY OF ARCADIA PUBLISHING - 'St. Helens: Images of America,' written by Scappoose author Tricia Brown in collaboration with the Columbia County Museum Association, is slated for release next month. The 128-page book is a written and photo-illustrated history of St. Helens, from the early 1800s up to modern times.The book includes both a written account of how St. Helens has evolved and more than 100 historical photographs, etchings and maps showing the city as it was years ago. The last chapter of the book touches on “close brushes with fame,” including the filming of scenes from the movies “Halloweentown” and “Twilight” in St. Helens.

In a statement, Brown described her collaborators at the CCMA as “just amazing to work with.”

“They have such great depth of knowledge and wide personal contacts,” she added. “Having their guidance and review made my job so much easier.”

The CCMA received donations from several individuals and groups, as well as local governments, in order to bring the book to fruition.

Sponsors include the Columbia County Board of Commissioners, the St. Helens City Council, the St. Helens Tourism Committee, Diane Dillard, Vern Grimshaw and the Columbia County Cultural Coalition in partnership with the Oregon Cultural Trust.

Brown was pleased to get donations from the city and county for the book project.

“It just feels so good to have that kind of level of support,” she said.

“St. Helens: Images of America” is available for preorder through the CCMA website. It costs $22 for pickup at the museum, which operates out of the historic Columbia County Courthouse, with an additional $5 fee for shipping.

Brown said she expects copies will also be available through the St. Helens Public Library.