The Historical Association of Lewiston presents monthly programs for its members and the general public on the fourth Thursday of each month. HAL normally takes November and December off due to the holidays.
Since getting out safely has been difficult this year, a special bonus program will be given at the Red Brick Municipal Building gym starting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18.
Ken Slaugenhoupt, president of HAL, has been leading historic walking tours of the original Lower Landing (in Artpark) during the past two years. These have met with high interest and appreciation. The tours take two to three hours and involve hiking and climbing, so many people have not been able to learn about the vast and important history of this site.
So, on Nov. 18, this tour will be turned into a sit-down program at the Red Brick, 145 N. Fourth St.
Attendance will be limited to 50 people total. Everyone must wear a mask and practice social distancing. There will be no reservations, so arrive early to assure a seat. After 50 people have entered, regrettably others may not attend.
The program will include an overview of the 12,000 years on this parcel since the birth of Niagara Falls here in Lewiston.
A press release said many nations fought hard to control the critical pathway around Niagara Falls and great wealth and honors arose from the people who called Lower Landing (later Lewis Town and then Lewiston) their home.
Slaugenhoupt is a native of Lewiston and in his childhood grew up on this very piece of land. He saw and worked alongside the many archeologists who unearthed the history and told the fascinating story of natives, French, British and finally American explorers and settlers. Slaugenhoupt is a retired land surveyor who owned Niagara Boundary and Mapping Services for 21 years and then traveled across the U.S. and Canada as a technical sales representative for Trimble Navigation. With his wife, Esther, Slaugenhoupt has visited all 50 states and many countries. The two enjoy a busy but satisfying retirement.
This community event is free and open to all. Use the north door on Onondaga Street. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no refreshments served at this meeting. Hand sanitizer will be available.