Educational Programs

Daytime Programs at the Fort:

Join the King's Army

Our “Join The King’s Army” program is an educational experience meant to orient students to the history of Fort Niagara through a tour, and includes hand’s on experience  training with an 18th century soldier. This training, consisting of a musket demonstration, and learning the 18th century manual of arms will give students a better understanding of Infantry tactics of the period, and the role of the individual soldier.

Group leaders can choose French and Indian War (1750s), American Revolution (1770s) or War of 1812 themed-programs depending on what they are studying. Duration: Generally 2 1/2 Hours, however, we understand teacher’s/leader’s time constraints and can accommodate a tighter schedule, and include time for things such as lunch or museum shop visits.   Cost: $12.00/student   Maximum: 90 persons

Work and Play in the Fort

During a “Work & Play” students will receive both an educational and fun experience that will give them a glimpse into the history of Fort Niagara. This program includes a tour of the fort to orient students to the site and explain the “big picture” significance of Fort Niagara. Students will also be instructed by a soldier in the use of a flintlock musket, through a demonstration by the soldier, and instruction in the manual of arms in order to better understand the tactics of the flintlock era, and the role of the individual soldier. Soldiers need to relax too, and your students can join us in playing one of the games that soldiers of the period would have played here at Fort Niagara.

Group leaders can choose French and Indian War (1750s), American Revolution (1770s) or War of 1812 themed-programs depending on what they are studying. Duration: Generally 3 1/2 Hours, however we understand teacher’s/leader’s time constraints and can accommodate a tighter schedule, and include time for things such as lunch or museum shop visits. Cost: $15.00 per person  Maximum: 90 persons.

 

Programs That Come to Your Classroom

A Soldier's Life

This program features an in-class visit by a member of the fort staff, dressed in the military uniform of one of the fort's historic garrisons. The primary objective is to increase audience understanding of daily life in the target time period - with a special emphasis on activities and conditions at Old Fort Niagara.
Using the uniform itself, as well as other items representative of a soldier's personal equipment and belongings (knapsack, haversack, clothing, blankets, games, utensils, grooming supplies, etc.), the trials and joys of everyday life will be brought to life.

Students will be able to see and touch reproductions of historic clothing and equipment, making a direct connection with the history of their region. They will also gain a greater understanding of many of the following educational concepts:

  • The past as more than just names and dates
  • The political development of western New York during the period of focus
  • The diversity of community within Fort Niagara
  • The processes necessary for life in a pre-electric age
  • Forms of entertainment popular during the period of focus
  • Vocabulary appropriate to the program
  • "A Soldiers Life" can be tailored to a period which matches the educational goals of the individual school or educator. Programs focusing on the 18th century French and British, and early 19th century American  occupations of the Fort are available.

Duration: Half or Full Day               Cost: $250/$500

 

Niagara: Key to the Continent

Free Outreach Program for School Students

 

 

 

 

Old Fort Niagara is pleased to offer a free edu­cational outreach program that focuses on the history and material culture of the Niagara Re­gion during the colonial area (1726-1783), when the world’s great superpowers (France, Britain and the Six Nations Confederacy) struggled for control of the region and trade using the Niaga­ra River.

This program is sponsored in part by a grant by the John Roffo Oishei II Charitable Trust.

 

Program Details- Three historically-dressed interpreters (representing the French, British and Native cultures) will cover the history of western New York from before the arrival of the Europeans to 1783, the close of the American Revolution

From January 6 through April 30, flexible 1-4 hour programs are available as a larger school assembly or as smaller, classroom-based programs that rotate among the interpreters.

Furs, trade goods, maps and other supportive materials will offer students hands-on experiences.

The program utilizes local history to teach students skills and information relevant to NYS Standards of Learning.

To book a program contact:

Carrie LaFlair Barber

 (716) 745-7611 ext 223 between 10 am and 4 pm weekdays. 

email c[email protected]

 

         
       
   
   
   
   
       
     
 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

     
     
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
         
       
   
 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hours of Operation

The Fort is open year round with the exception of New Years Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Our current hours are 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Wednesday through Sunday. (Closed Mondays and Tuesdays)

General Admission

Adults:

$15.00

Children (6 to 12 years) 

$10.00

Children (5 and under):

  FREE

 

 

 

 

Support the Fort

Old Fort Niagara is operated by the Old Fort Niagara Association, an independent, not-for-profit organization established in 1927. We do not rely on tax dollars. Instead, the Fort is funded through a combination of admission fees, museum shop sales, and charitable contributions.

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