KIDS’ EDUCATION PROGRAMS
The History Center offers school, holiday and vacation programs. All programs are offered at our 215 Niagara St. museum complex in Lockport. Call (716) 434-7433 for reservations and more information.
Education Calendar of Events
- Monday, Feb.15 – Presidents’ Day Program for Children – “History of Presidential Money” - 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Learn all about our presidents who grace our United States currency at the History Center’s Presidents’ Day school holiday program, Monday, Feb. 15. We’ll offer a half-day of activities based on this topic, all of them making history fun for kids ages 7-12.
We will examine symbols on money and learn what they mean; see what money looked like before 1900; find out which presidents are on our money and why; conduct scientific experiments using money; discover how much money presidents really make; learn the slang words we use for money; and play “money” bingo and win small cash prizes.
The program runs from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and a snack will also be provided. The cost of the program is $10 per child. Advance reservations are required. Parents are encouraged to leave their children for the duration of the program.
Contact Ann Marie Linnabery, Education Coordinator, at 434-7433, or email email@example.com.
2015 Education Brochure
Find out about all of our current Education Programs. Education Brochure
School Program Options
** Important Note to Teachers: Please call the museum at 716-434-7433 to make a school tour reservation.
Museum Tour Only
A tour of the Niagara County Historical Society five building museum complex. Time: 1.5 hours. Lunch and Gift Shop available. Admission fees are $2 per students and chaperones; no charge for teachers.
Erie Canal Discovery Center Only
A tour of the Erie Canal Discovery Center. Gift Shop will be available. Call regarding lunch arrangements. Time: 45 minutes to one hour. Admission fees are $4 per students and chaperones; no charge for teachers.
Col. William Bond/Jesse Hawley House Tour Only
A tour of the 1824 National Register home and the oldest brick house in Lockport. Three floors of furnished rooms to the mid 19th century period. Time: 45 minutes to one hour. $2 for students and chaperones; no charge for teachers.
Museum and Discovery Center Tour
This includes a tour of the History Center of Niagara County museum complex, and a tour of the Erie Canal Discovery Center. Lunch and Gift Shop facilities available. Time: 2 hours. Admission fees are $6 per student and chaperones; no charge for teachers.
Museum and Bond House Tour
This includes a tour of the Museum complex and the Col. Bond House. Lunch and Gift Shop facilities available. Time: 2.5 hours. Admission fees are $4 per students and chaperones; no charge for teachers.
Discovery Center and Bond House Tour
This includes a tour of the Discovery Center and the Col. Bond House. Gift Shop available. Call ahead to discuss lunch arrangements. Time: 2 hours. Admission fees are $6 per students and chaperones; no charge for teachers.
Tour of All Three Museums
Time: 3 hours (not including lunch break). Admission fees are $8 per students and chaperones; no charge for teachers.
Hands-on activities can be arranged for an additional $1 per student. There is no additional cost for chaperones and teachers.
Activities include old time toys and games, artifact detective, creating an Erie Canal business sign, and historic photo analysis. Other activities may be available through special arrangement. Please call (716-434-7433) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to speak to the education coordinator.
NCHS works cooperatively with these other venues that also do school programs:
Erie Canal Discovery Center
24 Church Street, Lockport, NY 14094
Lockport Cave and Underground Boat Ride
21 Main Street at Pine Street, Lockport, NY 14094
433 Locust Street, Lockport, NY 14094
Lockport Locks and Erie Canal Cruises
210 Market Street, Lockport, NY 14094
Colonel William Bond House – 1823
143 Ontario Street, Lockport, NY 14094 (716)
EDUCATION PROGRAM NEWS
Teaching Boxes Now Available
The History Center’s Teaching Boxes can be borrowed free of charge by schools and community organizations. The Teaching Boxes include new objects, books, lesson plans and hands-on activities. For more information on school outreach programs or to borrow the Teaching Boxes, please contact Ann Marie Linnabery at 716-434-7433 or email at email@example.com.
Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Grants Available to Tour Erie Canal Discovery Center
The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor is awarding “Ticket to Ride” grants to area school districts to bring students to the Erie Canal Discovery Center this year free of charge. Please contact the History Center at 716-434-7433 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and registration application.
History Center has Primary Sources to Use with Common Core Learning Standards
The History Center has a variety of primary and secondary sources that teachers and students can read and interpret as part of the Common Core ELA requirements. “Texts” can be copied and used in the classroom or at the museum as part of a field trip. Please contact Education Coordinator Ann Marie Linnabery to discuss materials that are available to use. Call 716-434-7433 or email email@example.com.