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Summer program at museum shows that history can be fun

Melissa Mangelsen

A unique program at the museum, which includes a visit from Sir Isaac Brock, is an opportunity for children to learn about local history.

A unique program at the museum, which includes a visit from Sir Isaac Brock, is an opportunity for children to learn about local history.

Every Wednesday in August, the Niagara Historical Society and Museum will be turning young Niagara-on-the-Lake residents into kid curators.

The program, open to children ages six to 12, is meant to be educational and entertaining.

This year’s Kid Curators Program is picking up where last year’s summer program left off. The focus will shift away from the War of 1812 and focus on the rich history of NOTL.

“We really want the students to gain an appreciation for the amazing local history that they’re emerged in,” said Mary Alice Hanson, programming assistant at the museum.

There will be a visit from Sir Isaac Brock and talk about the War of 1812, but students will also explore the town’s commercial, shipping and native history.

The program will include a field trip to Queen St., including stops at the Apothecary, Greaves Jam and Cows.

Students will also visit the Shaw Festival to explore Niagara at Play, with a backstage tour, acting workshop and lessons on the history of repertory theatre. Also on the agenda are visits to Fort George and the Marina.

Each of the weeks will be a different full-day program.

During those weeks children will be documenting their adventures and work toward creating their own curated photographic exhibition for display at the end of the program.

“They will take notes and document their experiences. Each student will have a different view and a different opinion on what they think is important parts of Niagara-on-the-Lake. This gives them the chance to share what they’ve learned with us at the museum and their parents,” said Hanson.

The exhibits will stay on display for a short while at the museum.

Parents can sign their kids up for individual weeks or all five. The program is from 9 to 4 p.m., every Wednesday, with a cost of $20 per child, per day.

Call the museum at 905-468-3912, or visit 43 Castlereagh St. daily between 10 and 5 p.m.

The program is being financially supported by the Niagara-on-the-Lake B&B Association and the Shaw Theatre Town Preview Fund, as well as through donations from the museum’s membership fundraising campaign.

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