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Summer history returns to Niagara History Center

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Thu, Jul 4th 2019 07:00 am

The Niagara History Center’s “Summer History Program for Kids” returns with a different theme in four Wednesday sessions.

The program is for children ages 7-12. Each day’s activities will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and be led by museum staff and volunteers at the History Center, 215 Niagara St., Lockport.

The cost for each weekly program is $20, which includes hands-on activities, craft materials and an afternoon snack. Children should plan to bring a bag lunch and drink each day.

One can find discount coupons worth $5 off the registration fee in the Town of Lockport Recreation Department summer events booklet.

The dates and themes are as follows:

•Wednesday, July 17 – Canada Day – Celebrate our neighbors to the north with games, food, history and stories. Try your hand at curling, make a shoebox hockey game, find out the differences between Canadian and American words and customs, learn about the Mounties, Canadian inventors and Canada’s two most famous women – one real and one fictional.

•Wednesday, July 24 – Westward Ho – What was it like to travel west in a covered wagon, a stagecoach or a train in the 19th century? “Pack” a wagon by figuring what you could and couldn’t take. Make a hobby horse and learn about the Pony Express. Have a race to see which team can finish the Transcontinental Railroad first, and then make a telegraph to send messages in Morse code.

•Wednesday, July 31 – French & Indian War: 260 Years – 260 years ago, the English captured Fort Niagara from the French. Find out why that war happened and then take part in activities common to that era. Write with a quill pen, dip candles, build a bucket, make a Native American game, learn how to read animal tracks, and try to deliver messages between forts without getting caught.

•Wednesday, Aug. 7 – The Pan American Exposition – In 1901, Buffalo hosted a world’s fair that showcased new technology of the time, including the use of electricity. Find out how electricity is generated and make a light-up picture of one of the Pan Am buildings. Watch the “Trip to the Moon” film from the Pan Am, and learn what a trip to the moon was really like 70 years later.

Advance registration is necessary. Contact Ann Marie Linnabery at 716-434-7433 for more information or registration.

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