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Historic tourism

Marketing the Buffalo Niagara region to tourists has never been a simple affair. In today's shaky economy, the challenges of polishing the region's reputation as a vacation destination certainly seem manifold. But -- just for a little perspective -- imagine trying to do the same thing in the aftermath of a bloody war.

That was the task promoters of local tourism faced in the wake of the War of 1812, and it's one of the topics considered in an exhibition opening Sunday in Niagara University's Castellani Art Museum. "The Picturesque and War: Visual and Literary Aspects of 19th Century Niagara Tourism" features a range of prints, maps, books and travel guides that paint a picture of life on the Niagara Frontier more than a century ago.

The exhibition opens at 2 p.m. Sunday with a talk by guest curator Robert Giannetti. The run of the exhibition, which is on view through Feb. 24, will also feature a three-part lecture series. For more information, visit www.castellaniartmuseum.org or call 286-8200.

-- Colin Dabkowski