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'Soup & Civil War' at Niagara History Center


Thu, Jan 3rd 2019 03:20 pm

The Niagara History Center is serving “Soup and Civil War” at 215 Niagara St., Lockport.

From noon until 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, guests can hear the story of the Civil War as it’s rarely been told: through the eyes of female soldiers. Local storytellers Lorna MacDonald Czarnota and Merri Lee Debany will tell the tale of two women disguised as men who fought in the Civil War.

Czarnota and Debany will dramatically portray the two women – one from the north, and one from the south. Their stories will be told through letters home. Listen and learn why the war was fought, and why these women risked everything they had to fight in it.

Czarnota has been telling stories professionally since 1985. She uses the old tradition of Medieval and Celtic storytellers. She’s written several books, and has been featured at festivals and conferences throughout the U.S., Ireland and Canada.

Debany holds a masters in early childhood education degree and a bachelor of science in elementary education. She has performed in public since 1987, and has worked with all age groups throughout the Northeast U.S. She is known for her dialects and energetic style of telling multicultural folktales and original stories.

A meal of hot, homemade soups, breads, salads and desserts will be offered at noon, followed by the program at 12:30 p.m.

This event is expected to fill up quickly, and is limited to the first 50 people. Reservations are necessary. Call the History Center at 716-434-7433. The suggested donation is $5 per person.

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