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.
SUMMER HISTORY FOR KIDS
Our Summer History Program for Kids will offer four Wednesday sessions this July and August – July 17, July 24, July 31 and August 7.
This summer’s dates and themes are:
Wednesday, July 17th-Canada Day- Celebrate our neighbors to the north with games, food, history and stories. Try your hand at curling, make a shoebox hockey game, find out the differences between Canadian and American words and customs, learn about the Mounties, Canadian inventors and Canada’s two most famous women, one real and one fictional.
Wednesday, July 24th-Westward Ho- What was it like to travel west in a covered wagon, a stagecoach or a train in the 19th century? “Pack” a wagon by figuring what you could & couldn’t take. Make a hobby horse & learn about the Pony Express. Have a race to see which team can finish the Transcontinental Railroad first & then make a telegraph to send messages in Morse code.
Wednesday, July 31st- French & Indian War: 260 Years- 260 years ago, the English captured Fort Niagara from the French. Find out why that war happened & then do activities common to that era: write with a quill pen, dip candles, build a bucket, make a Native American game, learn how to read animal tracks & try to deliver messages between forts without getting caught & other historic activities.
Wednesday, August 7th- The Pan American Exposition– In 1901, Buffalo, NY hosted a world’s fair that showcased new technology of the time including the use of electricity. Find out how electricity is generated & make a light– up picture of one of the Pan Am buildings. Watch the “Trip to the Moon” film from the Pan AM & then learn what a trip to the moon was really like 70 years later& do many more fun activities.
The Summer History program is for children ages 7-12. Each day’s activities will run from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and be led by museum staff and volunteers. The cost for each weekly program is $20, which includes hands-on activities, craft materials, games and an afternoon snack.
You will find discount coupons worth $5 off the registration fee in the Town of Lockport Recreation Department Summer Events booklet.
Children should plan to bring a bag lunch and drink each day.
Advance registration is necessary. Please call 434-7433 to register your child or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 facilities 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
Erie Canal National Heritage Corridor
P.O. Box 219 Waterford, NY 12188
1 (518) 237-7000, ext. 207
Challenger Learning Center of Orleans, Niagara, and Erie Counties.
160 Washburn St. Lockport, NY 14094
Lockport City School District
130 Beattie Ave, Lockport, NY 14094
NIOGA Library System
6575 Wheeler Rd, 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.