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events & programmes

The Society runs a variety of events to provide entertaining and educational activities for the residents and visitors of Niagara-on-the-Lake.  From quality lectures to musical performances in the galleries, the Society works hard at being a focal point of culture in Niagara.

Lectures

Special Lecture

HISTORY OF THE RANDWOOD ESTATE
May 28, 2018 | 7 pm

Find out more about the history of the property and its owners at a lecture presented by Museum Board member David Hemmings.  Tickets are $10 or free for Niagara Historical Society Members.  Space is limited at the Museum so advance registration is required.

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Held on the 3rd Thursday of each month from March to September. Lectures start at 7:30 p.m.

This year’s series focuses on the unique story of Camp Kosciuszko, the Polish training camp in NOTL during the First World War.

  • May 17 | Richard Merritt – Camp Kosciusko:
    Why Colonel Butler would be spinning in his grave
  • June 21 | Stan Skrzeszewski – Everyday Life at Camp Kosciuszko with Elizabeth Ascher
  • July 19 | Sarah Kaufman - The Spanish Flu and Niagara Camp
  • August 16 | Roman Baraniecki - Not Only Soldiers: Women's Organizations in Camp Kosciuszko, Niagara-on-the-Lake 1917-1919
  • September 20 | Anthony Adamsky - Falcons of Freedom

Tickets are $10 for the general public or free for Niagara Historical Society Members.
Reservations required as seating is limited

Generously Sponsored by:

Geoffrey and Lorraine Joyner

BBA

 

community days

On the third Sunday of each month, we are offering a free community day in appreciation of increased funding from the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Admission is free to the galleries and the popular Famous & Infamous biography series will also be free and open to all.

FAMOUS & INFAMOUS

January - November  |  2 pm
Join us in the gallery for a presentation by a local resident, followed by a lively discussion about the life of a famous or infamous person from the past.

20 MAY: Eliza Fenwick (Biography of a House in NOTL)
17 JUN: Richard Feynman
15 JUL: Conn Smythe
19 AUG: Maria Rye
16 SEPT: Fred Banting
21 OCT: John Stanislaus Joyce
18 NOV: Robert Mondavi

 

 

 

walking tours of old town

June - September
Join our guides for a walk through town, Saturdays & Sundays at 11 am beginning at the gazebo in Queen’s Royal Park.  Tickets are $10 and include Museum admission.

NOTE: NO TOUR ON SEPT 8, 2018

neighbourhood walks

Explore the history of three unique neighbourhoods on Friday evenings in June at
6 pm. Tickets are $10 and must be purchased
in advance. Space is limited.

June 1 - Chautauqua
June 8 - Dock Area
June 15 - Prideaux & Johnson Architecture
June 22 – Chautauqua
June 29 - Dock Area

kid curators camps

Discover history in your community at this week-long day camp for children ages 6-12. Camp runs Monday – Friday, 10 am – 4 pm.  Cost: $125 per child. Space is limited.
Week 1: July 16- 20
Week 2: August 13 - 17
 

Special Events

June 4 | JANET CARNOCHAN DAY
Celebrate the Museum’s founder with free admission all day and a special performance at 3:30 pm.

June 19 | BUS TRIP TO GUELPH
The day will include a guided tour of the Art Gallery of Guelph in the morning, followed by lunch before heading to the University of Guelph for two presentations: Leonard Conolly, Shaw Festival archivist will speak about the Shaw's archives held at Guelph. Brendan Stewart, Assistant Professor in the department of Landscape Architecture will speak about the significance of the work of the Landscape Architects Dunington-Grubb, who designed the plans for the Randwood property, which are held in the Guelph collection.

Cost: $90 for Historical Society members or $100 for non-members.  Price includes bus, lunch, tour and all taxes and gratuities. Space is limited so call the Museum at 905-468-3912 to reserve.

July 7 | NOTL HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY GARDEN TOUR
The Museum is one of the locations on the NOTL Horticultural Society’s annual Garden Tour. For tickets or information on the garden tour, visit https://www.notlhortsociety.com/gardentour.html

July 13 | "I WET MY PLANTS"
Make your own succulent arrangement and enjoy a fun evening of DIY, wine, snacks and good company.  $50 includes all materials; cash bar.  Reservations required.

August 6 | THE PAST IS PRESENT HERITAGE FESTIVAL | 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Historic demonstrations, heritage activities, live music and more! Free admission.

September 8 | NIAGARA POLO
12:00 – 4:00 pm

The Niagara Historical Society & Museum presents “The Sport of Kings” on the Commons!  Spectators can enjoy a live polo match, half time entertainment and divot stomp, vendors and more.  General admission is $15 in advance or $20 at the gate for adults (children under 12 are free).  Free parking available. Visit www.niagarapolo.com for tickets and information.

September 21, 22, 28 & 29 | THEATRICAL CEMETERY TOURS
Meet the spirits of local residents buried at a local cemetery..  Tours starts at 6 pm, 7 pm and 8 pm.  Tickets are $12 and must be purchased in advance.

November 11 | “WE’LL MEET AGAIN”
7:00 pm
A tribute to the First and Second World Wars.  Join in the singing and share in the memories.  Tickets are $15.

December 1 | ANNUAL HOLIDAY EVENT
Details to be announced.

 

 

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® Image: View of Fort George, Oil on canvass, C. Kreighoff 1823