BICENTENNIAL: Museum event acquaints visitors with War of 1812 battles

Submitted by the Niagara Falls History MuseumNIAGARA FALLS – As Niagara Falls prepares for the 200th anniversary of the Battles of Chippawa and Lundy’s Lane, the Niagara Falls History Museum celebrates the 199th anniversary of those battles with an event designed to better acquaint you with the War of 1812.The museum continues to offer great programming during July, such as July 18’s Thursday Night series, Impersonating 1812.Starting at 6 p.m., visitors to this free family night will see, smell and partake in life during the War of 1812. Working with local re-enactors, the museum will host a fashion show, where you will see the clothing soldiers and civilians would have worn in Niagara Falls in the early 19th century.There will also be sutlers selling their wares and offering information on things such as flowers, herbs, quilting and needlework.

Kids will have a chance to join in a mini-militia and march with soldiers. The evening concludes with a presentation of music and dance, as the Regency Dancers will put on some moves and give a few tips on how to execute the steps.

This free event is part of the museum’s regular Thursday night programming. Check out the website, www.niagarafallshistorymuseum.ca, for more great 1812 events such as “Hear the Cannons Roar” and “Petticoats, Boots and Muskets.”

The Niagara Falls History Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays until 9 p.m. Closed Mondays. Open select holidays, including Family Day, Canada Day and Civic Holiday.

Admission for adults ages 20 or older is $5. Students , ages six to 19, $4. Children younger than six enter free.

The museum is located at 5810 Ferry St., Niagara Falls. 905-358-5082.

As you exit the museum, pick up a walking tour brochure of the Lundy’s Lane Battlefield, located just minutes from the front doors of the museum.

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