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.
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.
March 16 | RICK HILL - First Nations
April 20 | ALF REDEKOPP - Mennonites in Niagara: history and contributions
May 18 | NATASHA HENRY - Tracing Niagara-on-the-Lake's Black History Roots
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:
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.
19: Catherine the Great (1762-96)
March 19: Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (1881-1938)
April 9: Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky (1821-81)
May 21: Edward VIII (1894-1972)
June 18: Nicolae Ceaușescu (1918-89)
July 6: 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)
Programmes & Events
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:
February 15 | LECTURE – CANADA’S ABORIGINAL WARRIORS (11 am–1 pm)Discover the often overlooked First Nations in the military from the War of 1812 to the present day. Presented by Warrant Officer Sheldon Quinn CD. Free admission.
May 5 |FIRST FRIDAYS: “A ROYAL AFFAIR” (7-10 pm)
Part of a series of events at 8 different historic sites throughout the Niagara Region. Join us for live music, fun activities, food and drink. This year’s theme is British Royalty. Admission is $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Generously sponsored by the Niagara Community Foundation. For details on the series visit www.firstfridaysniagara.ca.
May 26 | HERITAGE CRUISE ALONG THE NIAGARA RIVER (3-5 pm)
In partnership with the Friends of Fort George, enjoy a cruise on the Niagara Belle, including historic narrators, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction. Tickets are $80 and must be purchased in advance. Call 905-468-3912 for information.
June - September | WALKING TOURS OF OLD TOWN
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.
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 (time TBA). Admission is free to the public but seating is limited.
July/August (dates TBA) | KID CURATORS Summer Day Camp
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.
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 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 | NORTH STAR FREEDOM FESTIVAL SYMPOSIUM
This Museum hosts a special symposium as part of the North Star 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. A special Cemetery Tour will also be offered on this day. Contact us for details.
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!