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Thursday, January 7, 2016
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A ceramic plate commemorating the town of Somerset’s 150th
anniversary in 1973, is featured in the Niagara History Center exhibit,
"Remember Me," going on now through Spring. (CONTRIBUTED)
“Remember Me: a Ceramic Story of Niagara County” is a new exhibit of more than 50 keepsakes cast in ceramic the Niagara County History Museum's collection.

The exhibit includes plates, pitchers, trivets, mugs and other ceramic ware honoring the county’s churches, cities and towns, and businesses, as well as landmarks like Niagara Falls and the Erie Canal. Souvenir spoons and metal plates are also featured. Artistic renderings of these sites adorn them all.

There are sesquicentennial and centennial items, plus some original souvenirs from the early 20th century. Artistic printed plates and hand-painted pieces, made right here in Niagara County, became part of home décor as they kept memories bright for their owners.

One plate (at right) commemorates the town of Somerset’s 150th anniversary in 1973, featuring the lighthouse and fresh produce that put this eastern Niagara County town on the map. This plate, like a number of others in the exhibit, includes descriptive text on the back telling about the item and the site being recognized. “Remember Me” includes many such plates honoring significant anniversaries in the County’s villages, towns and cities.

Churches from throughout Niagara County issued commemorative plates recognizing their anniversaries and service to parishioners. Many of their ceramic keepsakes are included in the “Remember Me” exhibit.

Businesses from the past, such as Lockport’s Park Hotel, Newfane Basket Manufacturing and Niagara Falls’ Cataract House, are also recognized with unique ceramic pieces. A complete table service of personalized china and silverware, used in the dining room at Upson Products, speaks of elegant durability.
The “Remember Me” runs through spring at the Niagara History Center, 215 Niagara St.



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