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Old Fort Niagara offers distance learning with historical re-enactors

Old Fort Niagara is closed indefinitely because of the Covid-19 pandemic, but the Youngstown historic site has gone online in hopes of continuing its program of historical re-enactments.

Using a Zoom link, the fort plans half-hour sessions at 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays this month, with portrayals of people who lived at the fort between 1750 and 1815. Executive Director Robert Emerson will introduce the programs and take questions after the videos.

The programs are aimed at school-age children, but should be of interest to all history buffs, the fort said. A companion booklet can be downloaded from the fort's website.

The first program, set for Tuesday, features Charlotte Contrecoeur, a 10-year-old girl whose father, a French soldier, commanded Fort Niagara in 1753.

Other videos feature British officer Guy Johnson; Anahgogare and Onughshory, two Native American delegates to a 1764 peace conference; Patrick Gibbs, a Loyalist refugee during the American Revolution; James McDermitt, a American soldier in the War of 1812; and Mary Taylor, an American refugee when the British captured the fort in 1813.


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