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.
Dr. Martin Luther King Day Program – “Harriet Tubman & the Underground Railroad”
Harriet Tubman is well-known as a conductor on the Underground Railroad, but did you know that she brought fugitive slaves through Niagara County on their route to freedom in Canada?
Come and learn about Tubman’s life and her courageous missions to escort enslaved people from the South to Niagara Falls and across the Suspension Bridge to the “Promised Land.”
We’ll find out about the Suspension Bridge in Niagara Falls, sample foods that might have been eaten on the run, make an 1850s craft, match underground code words and phrases with their meaning, put together a bundle to carry our possessions, and see if we can get to Canada by solving problems and overcoming obstacles along the way.
School Holiday MONDAY, FEB. 19, 2018
Presidents’ Day Program – “George Washington & Valley Forge”
We’ll explore Gen. George Washington’s encampment at Valley Forge, Pa., during the severe winter of 1777-78. T At this time, Washington commanded the Continental Army of the newly formed United States of America.
We invite children ages 7-12 to attend our School Holiday Programs, held from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. on the above dates. Activities include games, take-home crafts and more. The fee is $10 per child and includes a snack. We request that parents/grandparents plan to leave their children for the duration of the program. Please register children for each program in advance by calling 434-7433, or email Education Coordinator Ann Marie Linnabery at 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.