Step Back In Time Players – Living History

Visitors from a bygone era are “dying” to meet you in a series of new dramatic presentation sponsored by Niagara County History Center.  The performances, aptly entitled, “Step Back In Time,” offer the audience a chance to “meet” and interact with some of Lockport’s most well known citizens now residing in the cemetery.  The cast of characters includes such notables as: Lyman and Amy Spalding, Dr. Sarah Lamb Cushing, Jesse Hawley, DeWitt Clinton, Charles Upson, Dr. Josiah Skinner, Charlotte Cross, Raphael Beck, Isabella Sutherland, Eliza Mossell, Anna Merritt, Birdsall Holly, Washington and Mary Walbridge Hunt, William Rand Kenan, Hattie Moss and many others.

Many of the cast are seasoned stage professionals and others are brand new to the excitement. All do an amazing job of bringing these late friends to life once again!

“Step Back In Time” was staged staged at several venues this summer,  including tours of historic Glenwood and Cold Springs Cemeteries in Lockport. Please watch this web site, our Facebook, newsletter and local media for news of upcoming appearances .

“Step Back In Time” cast members are also available to perform for your group or civic organization. For additional information, contact the History Center at  (716)434-7433.




Last Cemetery Tour of the Summer!

Carol Brenon as "Dr. Sarah Lamb Cushing"

Carol Brenon as “Dr. Sarah Lamb Cushing”

The late and legendary return to Lockport for the afternoon as the History Center’s Step Back in Time re-enactors tell “Cemetery Tales,” Sunday, Sept. 10, from 1-3 p.m. in Lockport’s Cold Springs Cemetery, 4849 Cold Springs Road.

Now calling this beautiful cemetery their home, four friends from the Great Beyond will make your acquaintance and tell you of their lives and accomplishments in Lockport and Niagara County.

“James Shuler” (Geoff Koplas) will speak about his Lockport quarries, which furnished stone for the cemetery wall and his family home, now DeSales Catholic School.

“Birdsall Holly” (Charlie Begley), will tell of his career as an industrialist and inventor of the first pressurized fire hydrant, plus his scandalous family life.

“Lyman and Amy Spalding” (Dennis and Carol Caisse) will speak about their lives in early Lowertown Lockport, an enduring Quaker faith and their dedication to community service.

“Dr. Sarah Lamb Cushing” (Carol Brenon) will tell of her life as a pioneering female physician in 19th-century Lockport.

Tour participants should meet at the cemetery’s Cold Springs Road entrance. Please understand that this is a walking tour through the cemetery grounds, which include grassy areas and uneven ground. Plan to bring an umbrella or camp stool if needed.

The tour will be held rain or shine. This will be our final cemetery tour of the 2017 summer season.

All tours are $10 per person. Please call the History Center for tour reservations at (716) 434-7433.





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