The Historical Association of Lewiston’s next program is titled “Wicked Niagara; The Sinister Side of the Niagara Frontier.” Lorna MacDonald Czarnota will present this event at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 25, at the Lutheran Church of the Messiah Fellowship Hall, 915 Oneida St., Lewiston.
A press release stated, “Local storyteller Lorna MacDonald Czarnota brings ‘Wicked Niagara’ and grim tales of the region’s early struggles into the light. Born of glaciers and turbulent waters, wars and struggles of native peoples, Niagara was powered by the dreams of men and women seeking refuge in a new land. Yet, for all its rare beauty and rugged pioneering spirit, the Niagara Region has sometimes drifted into shadows, affording its seedier citizens the cover they needed to do their dastardly deeds. A plot to invade Canada, a Mafia stronghold, madness, murder and savagery all lie hidden in the region’s past.”
Buffalo’s own MacDonald Czarnota is an award-winning storyteller and author, “delighting audiences in schools, libraries, festivals and conferences throughout the United States, Canada, Ireland and other lands she has traveled with traditional and original stories since 1985.” She has several published books, including “Legends, Lore, and Secrets of Western New York,” “Wicked Niagara,” and “Native American and Pioneer Sites of Upstate New York.” Also among her historical works are a YA novel “Breadline Blue” and several in-personae historical presentations. She is a long-time member of Spin-a-Storytellers and the National Storytelling Network, which recognized her with the Oracle Award for excellence in service and leadership.
This community event is free and open to all, and refreshments will be served. It also is HALS’s annual meeting, and so updates on association will be offered. Dues-paying members will be able to vote for candidates to fill the board of trustees.