Children’s Program: History of Firefighting

Children’s Program: History of Firefighting

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The History Center of Niagara is happy to announce that it will once again be hosting children’s programs this summer. The events will take place on Wednesday, July 21st and Wednesday, August 18th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for children ages 7 through 12. The theme is “Fire and Water” and will offer two of the History Center’s most popular programs

On July 21st, the “History of Firefighting” will offer children the opportunity to learn about, and participate in, firefighting methods of both the past and the present. Activities include an old-fashioned bucket brigade, a relay race to gather materials needed to put out a fire in the 19th century and a visit from a member of the Lockport Fire Department to discuss and display equipment used by modern firefighters to extinguish blazes. Each child will “make and take” a miniature fire hydrant in honor of Birdsall Holly, the Lockport inventor who developed a Fire Suppression System in the 1860s using hydrants and pressurized water.  

The History Center monitors CDC/NYS COVID-19 guidelines and will adjust requirements to meet conditions on the days of the programs. Space is limited to 16 children per program. Hand sanitizer & disinfecting wipes will be available and children will be asked to bring a mask. Snacks are store-bought and individually wrapped and each child will get bottled water.  

All programs take place at the History Center, 215 Niagara Street in Lockport. The fee is $20 per child with a $5 off coupon available in the Town of Lockport Summer newsletter. Reservations are required. Please call (716) 434-7433 or email for information, registration, or COVID-19 concerns.

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2021-07-21 @ 10:00 AM to
01:00 PM


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