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The NACC celebrates 'Niagara's narrative' with 'March Along the Portage' lecture series

by jmaloni

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Tue, Mar 10th 2015 03:15 pm

This March, The Niagara Arts & Cultural Center, in cooperation with the Niagara Falls Nation Heritage Area and The Niagara Falls Historical Preservation Society, is featuring events that celebrate Niagara's history.

The "March Along the Portage" speaker series, "Powerful People, Powerful Places," will highlight significant events, customs and figures that have impacted the legacy of the Niagara Region. The second annual lecture will feature speakers on the historical legacy of the Portage and Niagara Region.

On display will be a photo essay depicting the history of the Portage by Geoffrey Harding, as well as a signed letter from President Barack Obama commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Treaty of Ghent and the end of the War of 1812. 

The NACC and the Niagara Falls Historical Preservation Society docent-training program sponsor the series,

Presentations will take place at 6 p.m. Thursdays in March. Topics include:

  • March 12 - "Commemorating 1912 and the Niagara Frontier," a lecture by Tom A. Chambers, Ph.D.
  • March 19 - "Creating Borders and Defining Country," a lecture by Eric Bloomquist of the Old Fort Niagara Association
  • March 26 - "Haudenausaunee Diplomacy, Legacy of the Two Row Wampum," a lecture by Alan Jamieson of Neto Hatinakwe Onkwehowe

Lectures will be held at the NACC, 1201 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls.

Educators, tour guides and individuals interested in preserving the history of Niagara Falls are invited to be part of this event. Participants will gain access to common core lesson plans for educators looking to incorporate information on the Niagara Portage into curriculum.

The lectures are free and open to the public. For more information, visit thenacc.org or call 716-282-7530.

The celebration of Niagara's narrative continues Saturdays in March and April. The Niagara Falls Historic Preservation Society is offering a six-week docent training program titled "Powerful People, Powerful Places."

The program will take place from 9 a.m. until noon March 14, 21, 28 and April 11, 18 and 25 at the NACC. Participants will learn about history, heritage, architecture, legends and daredevils. Upon completion, graduates will receive official certification as a public docent.

Tuition for the program is $50 and includes a one-year membership in the Niagara Falls Historic Preservation Society. For registration information, visit nfhps.org or call 716-807-6754.

The NACC is a not-for-profit multi-arts center located in the former Niagara Falls High School. Founded in 2001, it once was slated for demolition, but is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The NACC is home to more than 70 artists and cultural organizations, a ballet school, three theaters, a sound stage and recording studios.

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