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Learn to be tour guide in historic downtown Niagara Falls

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Tue, Apr 3rd 2018 06:50 pm
For the fifth year, Niagara Falls Historic Preservation Society is offering professionally facilitated training of volunteer tour guides via six four-hour classes, beginning Saturday, April 14.
Why was control of the falls vitally important to native nations, and to the French and the British? Why was it of interest to famous people such as the Porters, Tesla, Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglas and Frederick Law Olmsted Sr.? Why did places such as the Cataract House become important for the new City of Niagara Falls?
The Niagara Falls Historic Preservation Society's answer is to train local residents to tell the important story in a way that is intriguing, accurate and tied to evidence.
This course trains guides who give the "Powerful People, Powerful Places" downtown walking tours around the river - as well as the homes, churches and public buildings that remain.
The curriculum provides both skills training in effective group management and specific content for the society's current walking tour, "Powerful People, Powerful Places."
All classes will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. The classes are scheduled for April 14-28 and May 5-19 in the Niagara Arts & Cultural Center (NACC), 1201 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls.
The training cost of $50 per person includes light refreshments, all materials, a one-year membership in the society, and discounted fees for special events. Pre-registration is required for the training, although the fee may be paid at the first class. To register or for more information, call President Georgia Robinson Bradberry at 716-513-4893.
The Niagara Falls Historic Preservation Society increases awareness of the city's valuable history through downtown walking tours, training of tour guides, workshops, advocacy for historic preservation and public lectures. Find it on Facebook or at www.nfhps.org.

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