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 11, July 18, July 25 and August 1.
This summer’s dates and themes are:
July 11th- Toys and Games Through the Ages- Did you know that many toys and games have stories behind their creation? Learn about the origin of some of your favorite toys and make a few simple toys to take home with you. Kids can play games that were popular during different times in history. Activities include making a Mr. Potato Head with a real potato, constructing a 19th century animated toy and playing outdoor games.
July 18th-Don’t Throw That Out!- This program explores what people recycled throughout history. Many people think recycling used materials is a new habit to protect the environment but recycling has been taking place for as long as people have been on earth. Learn how different cultures from various time periods used and reused materials to create or repair items that they needed. Make a Native American craft, braid a rag rug and use real World War II ration coupons to trade for products.
July 25th- Revolutionary War Traitors and Spies- Military strategy and soldiers were not the only weapons the British and American Armies used to fight the Revolutionary War. Learn how spies and traitors helped both sides of the conflict. Make different “spy” gadgets and a book with a secret compartment to hold your special treasures.
August 1st- Natural History in Your Own Backyard- Nature is all around us, we just have to look for it. Take a walk around the neighborhood of the Historical Society and see what you can find in nature. Learn about the plants, animals, rocks and fossils that exist in the backyards and fields of Niagara County. Take a walk and photograph the nature that you see, make a bird feeder for your yard and take home a real fossil.
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.