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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

Our annual lecture series is held on the 3rd Thursday of each month from March to September. Lectures start at 7:30 p.m.

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

June 15 | SANDRA JOYCE - Finding Family at the Tower of London (Home children)

July 20 | RON DALE - Draft Dodgers, Deserters and Rebels: Niagara as a Civil War Refuge

August 17 | JANE MCGAUGHEY - Ireland's Defender: Colonel James Fitzgibbon and Irish Immigration to Upper Canada

September 21| GAVIN WATT - Forced Migration -- the Loyalists Settle Niagara

The 2017 Lecture Series is Generously Sponsored by:

Geoffrey and Lorraine Joyner

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FAMOUS & INFAMOUS

January - November  |  3rd Sunday at 2 pm

Join us in the gallery each month for a presentation by a local resident, followed by a lively discussion about the life of a famous or infamous person from the past.

2017 Schedule

May 21: Edward VIII (1894-1972)
June 18: Nicolae Ceaușescu (1918-89)
July 16: Edsel Ford (1893-1943)
August 20: James Augustine Aloysius Joyce (1882-1941)
September 17: Marguerite "Peggy" Guggenheim (1898-1979)
October 15: William Maxwell "Max" Aitken (1879-1964)
November 19: Paul Joseph Goebbels (1897-1945)

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.

Programmes & Events

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. 2017 dates are:

May 21
June 18
July 6
August 20
September 17
October 15
November 19

June 4 | JANET CARNOCHAN DAY – Confederation Celebration & Author Fair
Celebrate the Museum’s founder with free admission all day. In partnership with the NOTL Writer’s Circle, several authors writing on local history will be set up to sign and sell their publications. Enjoy a production about the history of Confederation produced by the NOTL Canada 150 Committee at 2 pm. Admission is free to the public but seating is limited.

July 24- 28 | KID CURATORS Summer Day Camp

Theme: Canada 150: Putting Down Roots
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.  Generously Sponsored by the Niagara-on-the-Lake Bed & Breakfast Association.

August 7 | THE PAST IS PRESENT HERITAGE FESTIVAL
Join us on the Museum’s front lawn for a “treasurers” sale, historic demonstrations, heritage activities, food, live music and more!  Free admission from 11 am to 4 pm.

August 14-18 | KID CURATORS Summer Day Camp

Theme: Notable Attractions in NOTL
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.  Generously Sponsored by the Niagara-on-the-Lake Bed & Breakfast Association.

September 16-17 | DOORS OPEN NOTL
Several sites of historical or architectural significance will be open to the public for free.  Come explore the heritage and architecture of the community including some buildings rarely open to the public. Visit the DOORS OPEN ONTARIO page or www.notlcanada150.ca for details.

September 22, 23, 29 & 30 | THEATRICAL CEMETERY TOURS
Meet the spirits of local residents buried at St. Mark’s Church.  Tours starts at 6 pm, 7 pm and 8 pm.  Tickets are $12 and must be purchased in advance.

September 28 | VOICES OF FREEDOM FESTIVAL SYMPOSIUM
This Museum hosts a special symposium as part of the Voices of Freedom Festival. Bravo Niagara! presents an opportunity to reflect on the historical and contemporary experiences of people of African descent in Canada with presentations by historians and speakers. 

November 10 | “WE’LL MEET AGAIN” (7 pm)Join in the singing and share in the memories with this WWII tribute.  Tickets are $15.

FIRST FRIDAYS MUSEUM EVENTS:
To find out more about the FIRST FRIDAYS events across the Niagara Region, click here!

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