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
SUMMER 2017 CHILDREN’S HISTORY PROGRAM
Our Summer History Program for Kids will offer four Wednesday sessions this July and August – July 12, July 19 July 26 and August 2.
Summer History for Kids returns with all-new adventures! Once again, the History Center of Niagara will offer one-day programs in the summer for children ages 7-12 years old. These sessions
will run from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on four Wednesdays, beginning July 12 and continuing through August 2.
The cost of the program is $20 per week. This includes all hands-on activities, craft materials and an afternoon snack each of the days.Sessions are conducted by museum staff, volunteers and college interns at the Niagara County Historical Society, 215 Niagara St. in Lockport. Each week has a different historical theme. The schedule for summer 2017 is:
July 12 – The Race to Space: From Project Mercury to the Space Shuttle – This program will examine the “space race” between the United States and the Soviet Union beginning in the 1950s. Participants will learn how each nation tried to outdo the other in their attempts to put a man in space and then on the moon; find out how astronauts live, work, eat, sleep and do other tasks in space; and see how technology developed for the space program is used in our lives today. Activities include making a paper rocket to shoot into space; labeling the parts of a Space Shuttle while learning about William Gregory, an astronaut from Lockport; and making other “flight-related” projects.
July 19 – A Soldier’s Life: What Was It Like to be in the American Revolution? – Go back 240 years and experience what life was like for a soldier during the Revolutionary War. Try your hand at pitching a tent, find out what kind of uniform and gear you would have, practice drilling and marching, make a regimental flag, and run an obstacle course while carrying a cannon ball. Learn about how close the war came to this area and what important role Fort Niagara played in the conflict. Find out about women, immigrants and people of color who participated in the war, and how they assisted the American army in winning the Revolution.
July 26 – Fifteen Miles on the Erie Canal: The Life of a Canawler – Two hundred years ago, the Erie Canal made New York the Empire State but it was almost forgotten 150 year later. Explore the lives of the “canawlers,” the people who lived and worked on the Erie Canal. Learn about how and why the Canal was built, what kinds of boats were used, why the route of the Canal had to be changed twice, what kind of work and play children did on the Canal, why the Canal was almost abandoned, and what saved it from extinction. Take a tour of the Erie Canal Discovery Center, see the engineering wonder of the Flight of Five locks, and visit the Lockport Cave tunnel that was built to carry water to power the mills and factories built along the banks of the Canal.
August 2 – Journey of Discovery: The Lewis and Clark Expedition – Imagine going on a long journey to a place that has never been explored and possibly never coming back again. That is what Lewis and Clark did over 200 years ago. Walk in their footsteps by choosing what supplies to take, eating foods they ate in the wilderness, trying your hand at flint knapping, learning about the plants, animals and native people they met along the way, making maps of the new lands they explored, and deciding which mode of transportation works best for the place you are traveling through.
Reservations are required for each day. Children must bring a bag lunch and drink. Parents should plan to leave their children for the duration of the program. You can find a discount coupon worth $5 off a registration fee in the Town of Lockport Recreation Department Summer Events publication. Please call the History Center at 716-434-7433 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, reservations and how to obtain discount coupons.
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 (email@example.com) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.