Old Fort Niagara will continue to offer live, interactive, distance-learning programs during the month of June. Unique sessions will share important information about Fort Niagara’s military history, from the early 1700s to World War I, at 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The content is suitable for adults and children alike and all programs are free.
While the historic site remains closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, staffers are taking this opportunity to connect with people from near and far.
Using Zoom as the platform, the fort’s new programs will be narrated PowerPoint presentations followed by Q&As. The sessions will start at 10 a.m. and will last about 30 minutes.
June 4 – A Glorious Acquisition: The 1759 Siege of Fort Niagara: Learn about the 19-day siege that resulted in the British occupation of Fort Niagara. Find out what life was like for soldiers and warriors on both sides of the conflict.
June 9 – Fort Niagara in the American Revolution: Learn how British control of Fort Niagara impacted the events of the American Revolution along the expansive American frontier.
June 11 – An Overview of the War of 1812: Find out where Fort Niagara fits into the overall history of the War of 1812.
June 16 – Betsy Doyle: 1812 Heroine: Find out how historical detective work turned a legend into a flesh and blood woman who sacrificed almost everything for her country.
June 18 – Training Ground for the Great War: Fort Niagara in World War One: Join the officer candidates who trained at Fort Niagara in the summer and fall of 1917 for service in World War I.
These are the steps interested participants should take for accessing each session. Space is limited, advanced registration is suggested.
√ Participants will need to register for each session through the fort's website at www.oldfortniagara.org. Under “Events,” click on “Calendar,” choose a program to register for, click on the program and use the embedded link.
√ Once registered for a session, participants will receive an email confirmation with a link and password for accessing the program. Use the provided link and password for accessing the session on the morning of the program.
These distance-learning programs are sponsored by American Disinfecting Defense Unit Solutions Inc. (addusnow.us). Established in New York, ADDUS is dedicated to the first line of defense against harmful pathogens such as coronaviruses, flu influenzas and harmful molds by using the most powerful sanitation solutions that happen to be safe for people, pets, food and property, and also are 100% natural, certified organic and approved by the EPA, and FDA.
Old Fort Niagara is currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. An opening date has not yet been established. Visit www.oldfortniagara.org for the latest information.
Old Fort Niagara is a Registered National Historic Landmark and New York State Historic Site operated by the Old Fort Niagara Association (a not-for-profit organization) in cooperation with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Follow on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.