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The Niagara Escarpment, shown here at Rattlesnake Hill in Lockport, is one 
Niagara County geographic oddity that will be discussed at the next Niagara
History Center family night, May 10. (CONTRIBUTED PHOTO)
Niagara County's "hidden history" will be the topic of the next segment of the Niagara History Center’s continuing series explores Geographic Oddities of Niagara County from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. May 10.

The free program -- thanks to Yahoo! -- will begin with a pizza and beverage supper, followed by hands-on, all-ages activities based upon tonight’s theme.

Niagara County boasts unusual natural features that geographers, geologists and all the rest of us consider odd. Interpreters and naturalists from the New York State Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation will start our evening, presenting a brief program on geographic and geologic quirks in the county. We’ll find out why the Niagara Escarpment is here and how Niagara Falls was formed.

After their program, it’s time for “Rock in a Bag,” a chance for you to explore local geology with your own mystery sample. You’ll learn about where and how your rock originated in Niagara County and finally identify it. We’ll finish with make-and-take “Fossil Imprints,” a keepsake craft project similar to gravestone rubbings.

Interpreters from NYSPRHP work out of the DeVeaux Woods State Park in Niagara Falls, which is home to a small forest of old growth trees, another natural phenomenon in this area.
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 Family Night program is open to all Western New York families, regardless of residence, but reservations are required by calling 434-7433, where more information can also be obtained.

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