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How to become a Niagara Falls tour guide

NIAGARA FALLS – This Cataract City is more than just the mighty falls in the Niagara River. It is an area steeped in history, from Indians who portaged discoverers, to armies in conflict, to freedom seekers building new lives, inventors and scientist harnessing the power for new industry.

Local residents who want to share the area’s rich history and be prepared to act as volunteer guides for downtown walking tours should attend the Niagara Falls Historical Society’s professionally-facilitated training program.

The six, four-hour classes begin on Saturday and continue from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on March 12, and 19 and April 2, 9, and 16 in the Niagara Room of the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center, 1201 Pine Avenue.

The curriculum provides training in effective group management and specific content for the Society’s current walking tour, “Powerful People, Powerful Places.”

The training is $50 per person and includes light refreshments, all materials and a one-year membership in the Society. Members receive a welcome packet, monthly newsletter, first notification of Society events, and a discount on Society events.

Pre-registration is required by calling Society president, Susan Hale Whitmore at (301) 651-7011 or shwco@verizon.net. The fee may be paid at the first class.