Take home a piece of history


1812-themed prints on sale at NOTL library

Take home a piece of history. Tony Chisholm and John Mather from the Town’s War of 1812 Committee hold up one of Chisholm’s framed photography prints that are on display and available for purchase at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Public Library.

Tony Chisholm has had a front row seat to many of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 commemorative events.

As fundraising chair for the Town’s War of 1812 Committee, he’s been on hand at each of the events volunteering his time, often with his camera in hand. The end result is a series of stunning images capturing key moments from the events so far. A long ship coming approaching the shore at Queen’s Royal Park, soldiers lighting a cannon at Fort George and muskets being fired during battle, those are just some of the moments Chisholm was able to capture with his camera.

“I’ve always had a interest in photography,” Chisholm said, noting it wasn’t until a few years ago that he started to take it seriously. “I upgraded all of my equipment and it’s a hobby that’s just sort of evolved.”

A selection of his bicentennial event photographs were on display at the Oct. 3 Niagara Night of Art event held at Navy Hall. Now, residents who are interested in seeing his photographs first hand can stop by the Niagara-on-the-Lake Public Library where they are on display. Prints of his photos are also being sold at the library. Medium-sized prints are $30 and larger prints are available for $50. The prints are encased in a wooden frame, handmade by fellow War of 1812 Bicentennial Committee member Jim Alexander. All proceeds from the photograph sales will go to the committee and be put toward funding future commemorative events.

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