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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

ART & FASHION LECTURE SERIES

  • 16 May: “Exposed” - A Brief History of Underwear - Rita Brown
  • 20 Jun: Canadian Crowns: An Exhibition of Vintage & Contemporary Millinery by Canadian Designers Norma Shepherd
  • 18 Jul: Collecting Fashion: What and Why the Fashion History Museum Collects - Jonathan Walford
  • 15 Aug: title and speaker TBC
  • 19 Sep: Bring me back a t-shirt: the history of the t-shirt and its role in fashioning the tourist landscape- Sonya de Lazzer

Lectures start at 7:30 pm.
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 fourth Monday 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.

27 May Michael Clark: Theodore Roosevelt
24 Jun   David Aurandt: Col Sam McLaughlin
22 Jul    Julian Rance: Francesco Franco
26 Aug  Ted Rumble: Dusko Popov
23 Sep  Richard Merritt: William Claus
28 Oct   Linda Fritz: Vanessa Bell
25 Nov  Craig Tallman: Clementine Churchill

 

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.

June | NEIGHBOURHOOD WALKS | 6 pm
Explore the history of two unique neighbourhoods on Friday evenings in June.  Tickets are $10 and must be purchased in advance.  Space is limited.
June 7: Queen Street Estates – tour meets outside the Post Office
June 14: Irish Town/Rye Park – tour meets at Rye Park
June 21: Queen Street Estates – tour meets outside the Post Office
June 28: Irish Town/Rye Park – tour meets at Rye Park

June 10-14: COSTUME COURSE
Learn about historic costuming and participate in daily workshops with Pam Mundy. Course runs Monday - Friday from 9:30 - 11:30 am daily at Navy Hall. Due to funding, the program is offered to seniors only (60+). Cost is $2 per day for materials. Advance registration required.

July 6: CANADA HISTORIC PLACES DAY/ NOTL HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY GARDEN TOUR
The Museum is a stop of the annual Horticultural Society Garden Tour. For tickets and information on the garden tour click HERE. We are also a participant in Canada Historic Places Day and will be offering free general admission to the galleries- historicplacesday.ca.

July 9 | SCANDAL & GOSSIP TOUR
Part of a series of events called “Museum Meetups”, a partnership through the Museums of Niagara Association.  This evening tour will take you on a walk around Old Town NOTL uncovering some of the scandalous stories of the past as well as some of the myths and gossip that has perpetuated over the years. Tour includes stops at a couple local pubs for a drink and snack along the way. Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance.

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.
July 15-19: Theme - Narnia
August 12-16: Theme - Harry Potter

Special Events

June 4 | JANET CARNOCHAN DAY
Celebrate the Museum’s founder with free admission all day

August 5 | 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 11 | CANADIAN FORCES SNOWBIRDS
The Niagara Historical Society welcomes the Snowbirds on September 11, 2019 at the Niagara District Airport. Come to be spellbound by the world-famous Snowbirds as they perform amazing aerobatics. Details can be found at www.notlsnowbirds.ca

September 20, 21, 27 & 28 | THEATRICAL CEMETERY TOURS
Meet the spirits of local residents buried at St. Andrew’s Church.  Tours starts at 6 pm, 7 pm and 8 pm.  Tickets are $12 and must be purchased in advance. Call 905-468-3912 to reserve your tickets.

November 11 | “WE’LL MEET AGAIN” (7 pm)
Join in the singing and share in the memories with this tribute to the First and Second World Wars. Featuring Gabrielle Jones, Peter Millard, Jenny Wright and Barbara Worthy with music by Doug Mundy and Penner Mackay. Tickets are $15.

December 7 | ANNUAL HOLIDAY EVENT
Details to be announced.

 

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