MONTHLY FAMILY NIGHTS ALL THROUGH 2016

MONTHLY FAMILY NIGHTS – FREE, INCLUDING PIZZA SUPPER

December Family Night – GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS PAST: ORIGINS OF HOLIDAY TRADITIONS- Tuesday, December 13
 

Christmas cards like this one (c. 1900) became popular due to low cost and easy availability.

The Yahoo Community Benefit Fund, in conjunction with the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, has awarded the Niagara County Historical Society a $4,771 grant to offer free evening family programs once a month during 2016.

Each “Hidden History of Niagara County” presentation will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at the History Center’s 215 Niagara St. site. Children and adults can share activities based upon a historical theme throughout the evening.

The History Center has proclaimed 2016 “The Year of the Family” and is emphasizing family participation in programs all ages can share.

“Hidden History” highlights local history in formats appealing to everyone. This new endeavor  bridges the gap between our current programs for children and adults, offering an all-ages evening out with hands-on activities and unique interpretive topics much like what we now offer in our children’s sessions.

The evening begins with free pizza and beverages  provided by the History Center, followed by a 15-minute introduction from the presenter, who then leads the program.

Each theme of the scheduled evenings relates to a little-known, unusual or mysterious aspect of Niagara County history. Depending upon the theme, everyone may share activities such as assuming the identity of a real historical person and taking part in role-playing; examining and handling non-fragile artifacts; and reading historic maps.

They will also take part in games, scavenger hunts and “make and take” craft projects designed for both children and parents.

Upcoming themes are:

December 13 – Ghosts of Christmas Past: Origins of Holiday Traditions

Presenters include History Center staff and volunteers, and representatives of local communities, New York State parks, and historical sites and organizations.

Family Nights are open to everyone, regardless of residence.

“We are so excited about having the opportunity to present these interactive family programs,” says Ann Marie Linnabery, assistant director and education coordinator at the History Center. “It will give local residents the chance to learn and experience the little known aspects of Niagara County history in a way that will bring families together for an evening of fun and knowledge.”

Reservations are necessary. Please call the History Center at (716) 434-7433.

 


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