BOND HOUSE OPENS FOR 2014 SEASON WITH EXHIBIT The Niagara History Center’s historic c .1823 Col. William Bond-Jesse Hawley House will open for the 2014 season Saturday, June 14, from 1-4 p.m., featuring the new exhibit “Treasured Childhood Memories.” The exhibit will present children’s fashions, playthings and memorabilia spanning the years 1860-1960.
“Treasured Childhood Memories” will be offered throughout the fully furnished, 12-room, National Register-listed house. Each room will express a different time period within the theme.
The Bond-Hawley House is located at 143 Ontario St. in Lockport. It will also be open Sunday, June 15, from 1-4 p.m., continuing the statewide “Path Through History” weekend. The Bond House, Niagara History Center and Erie Canal Discovery Center are part of the program’s Erie Canal Path.
The exhibit’s regular days and hours will then be every Saturday and Monday, 1-4 p.m., through Dec. 20, excluding Monday holidays. The exhibit will also be open on Sunday, Oct. 19, as part of the “Doors Open Niagara” weekend. Docents will be on hand to guide visitors and offer information on the house and exhibit. Donations are always accepted.
The exhibit “Treasured Childhood Memories” is co-curated by volunteers Gloria and Becky Pittler, who were responsible for 2013’s successful “Summer Weddings” and many other past exhibits and events in the Bond House.
The Bond-Hawley House is Lockport’s oldest brick home. It was built by early Lockport community leader Col. William Bond and later owned by Erie Canal advocate Jesse Hawley, who influenced Gov. Dewitt Clinton to construct the Canal.
The History Center of Niagara is operated by the Niagara County Historical Society, and includes the five-building Museum Complex, the Erie Canal Discovery Center and the Col. William Bond/Jesse Hawley House. For more information please call the History Center at 434-7433.