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Yahoo grant funds Historical Society programs in Lockport

LOCKPORT – Thanks to a $4,771 grant from Yahoo, the Niagara County Historical Society will be offering evening programs on local history on the second Tuesday of each month in 2016.

Each “Hidden History of Niagara County” presentation will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the History Center, 215 Niagara St., Lockport. The new programs are designed to bridge the gap between the current programs the society offers for children and those designed for adults, offering an all-ages evening out with hands-on activities and interpretive topics similar to those in the children’s sessions.

Each evening will begin with pizza, followed by the program, each of which will explore “a little-known, unusual or mysterious aspect of Niagara County history,” the society announced.

Depending upon the theme, everyone present may share activities such as assuming the identity of a real historical person and taking part in role-playing; examining and handling non-fragile artifacts; and reading historic maps.

They will also take part in games, scavenger hunts and “make and take” craft projects, all to be structured so both children and parents can participate.

The January program, African-American History in Niagara County, will include Brenda Reaves of the History Center’s Step Back in Time Players, portraying Eliza Mossell, an early leader in Lockport’s African-American community.

Other planned programs include: Feb. 9, Presidential Connections; March 8, Women’s History; April 12, “Titanic” Connections; May 10, Geographic Oddities; June 14, Mysteries of Niagara Falls; July 12, Military History; Aug. 9, Merry-Go-Round History; Sept. 13, Native-American History; Oct. 11, Ghosts; Nov. 8, Underground Railroad; and Dec. 13, Ghosts of Christmas Past.

Presenters will include History Center staff and volunteers, and representatives of local communities, New York State parks, and historical sites and organizations. The Yahoo grant was administered by the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo.