SUMMER HISTORY PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN
Kids ages 7-12 can look forward to weekly fun again this summer at the History Center. Our summer children’s program returns Wednesdays in July and August, beginning July 9 and ending August 13. Each day’s activities will run from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.
The cost for each weekly program is $20, which includes hands-on activities, craft materials, field trips and an afternoon snack. Each week’s session will have a different theme.
Museum staff and volunteers will lead the program at the History Center, 215 Niagara St. in Lockport. Children should plan to bring a lunch each day.
Advance registration is necessary. We encourage parents to leave their children for the duration of the program. Please call 434-7433 to include your child in these fun-filled summer days learning about history!
Summer Program Dates
- Wednesday, July 9
- Wednesday, July 16
- Wednesday, July 23
- Wednesday, July 30
- Wednesday, August 6
- Wednesday, August 13
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:
Lockport Lock and Erie Canal Cruises
210 Market 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
Colonel William Bond House – 1823
143 Ontario Street, Lockport, NY 14094 (716)
Erie Canal Discovery Center
24 Church Street, Lockport, NY 14094
EDUCATION PROGRAM NEWS
Niagara Area Foundation Grant Offers New Programming at the History Center
The History Center has received a generous grant from the Niagara Area Foundation to develop programming to take into local 2nd and 4th grade classes free of charge to the schools. The grant has also enabled the History Center to update their Teaching Boxes that can be borrowed 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.