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Sunday, March 13, 2016

Find out how this family is connected to
both Niagara County and the HMS Titanic.
Children and adults can uncover more “Hidden History” as the Niagara History Center’s continuing evening series explores Titanic Connections to the Niagara Frontier, Tuesday, April 12. The 5:30 - 7:30 pm program is sponsored by Yahoo! and will begin with a pizza and beverage dinner, followed by hands-on, all-ages activities based upon the theme.

More than 100 years after it sank to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, the story of the Titanic disaster still fascinates people of any age. The images of wealthy New York aristocrats, as well as poor European immigrants, going down with the ship are fixed in our minds.

But what most people don’t know is that there were several passengers on board who had connections to the Niagara Frontier. Our Family Night program will explore these forgotten stories and offer activities to commemorate this historic but tragic event.

As families arrive for the pizza dinner, every adult and child will be given the identity of a real Titanic passenger. Following a brief presentation, families will participate in various aspects of learning about the Titanic and doing hands-on projects. At the end of the evening, you will learn the fate of your passenger.

This series is funded through the Yahoo Community Benefit Fund in conjunction with the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, which awarded the Niagara County Historical Society a grant to offer this program on the first Tuesday of the month throughout 2016. The Niagara History Center is celebrating 2016 as “The Year of the Family” by emphasizing programs children and adults can enjoy together.

Each Family Night has a different theme relating to a little-known, unusual or mysterious aspect of Niagara County history. Family Nights are inspired by our popular children’s history programs. We’ve created activities that both children and adult family members can enjoy together. Family Nights are most appropriate for children ages 5 and up, who must be accompanied by an adult.

The rest of the year’s themes, all with Niagara County emphasis, are:

  • May 10 - Geographic Oddities 
  • June 14 - Mysteries of Niagara Falls 
  • July 12 - Military History 
  • August 9 - Merry-Go-Round History 
  • September 13 - Native-American History 
  • October 11 - Ghosts 
  • November 8 - Underground Railroad 
  • December 13 - Ghosts of Christmas Past

Family Night presenters include History Center staff, re-enactors from our Step Back in Time Players, and volunteers, plus representatives of local communities, New York State parks, and historical sites and organizations

The Family Night program is open to all Western New York families, regardless of residence.

Please call the History Center at (716) 434-7433 for more information on Family Nights and our children’s history programs on school holidays and during summer vacation.

Reservations are required for all Family Nights, and due to the program’s popularity, we suggest early registration. Please call the History Center at (716) 434-7433 to make reservations.

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