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    Another festive Family Day in the Falls

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Puppets, pythons and little princesses. All part of Family Day in Niagara Falls Monday.

    With a fresh layer of snow and the day off from school and work, hundreds of families took advantage of free events at two of the city’s prime destinations, Niagara Falls History Museum and Heartland Forest.

    “It’s quite often our biggest day of the year,” said Clark Bernat, the city’s culture and museums manager. “Last (Family Day) was arguably our biggest day since our opening. We had about 1,200 people out last year.”

    Prediction: SNOW from January to April at Niagara Falls History Museum

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    Last week I received the following press release from the Niagara Falls History Museum:

    For Immediate Release

    Prediction: SNOW from January to April at
    Niagara Falls History Museum

    Niagara Falls, ON, January 13, 2016 – Canadians have a long-standing fascination with snow.  We either love it or hate it, and sometimes we do both.  We adapt to it, use it, have fun with it, identify with it, and are inspired by it.  Snow is an interactive exhibition opening at the Niagara Falls History Museum on January 26, 2017.

    Snow, the first exhibition of its kind in Canada, portrays the amazing love-hate relationship that the inhabitants of this great land have had with snow since the arrival of the First Peoples in North America. Created by the Canadian Museum of History in partnership with the J. Armand Bombardier Museum, Snow gives visitors a historical and cultural perspective on this element of nature as a source of adaptation, passion, ingenuity and creativity.

    With over 400 digital photos and captions contributed by Canadians from across the country, Snow gives visitors a true feel for winter.  Snow presents artefacts such as boots made out of sealskin and caribou hide, snowshoes and clothing designed to be warm and waterproof.   Eyeglasses made from walrus ivory by Nunavut’s Thule Inuit that date back to around 1300 are among the items on display.   Visitors young and old can try on replicas of the glasses and see some of the clever ways in which humans have adapted to snow and cold.  Among the exhibition’s interactives are opportunities to try on a snowshoeing outfit, listen to recorded stories and view sketches made by explorers, voyageurs, soldiers and scientists, to learn how Canada’s early settlers endured and adapted to the winter months.

    “Weather is a favourite topic for Canadians,” says Suzanne Moase, Niagara Falls Museums Curator.  “We love to talk about snowstorms, the cold and the slush.  Snow, the exhibition, will strike a chord with all our visitors, from outdoor enthusiasts to sitters by the fire and everyone in between.  The artefacts and documents chosen represent how we deal with the challenge of snowy winters today, as well as how we have coped with snow and adapted our lifestyles around it in the past.”

    Media are invited to preview the exhibition on January 25 from 5:00 p.m until 7:00 p.m. where Museum staff and Mr. Nicolas Gauvin, Director of Business Partnerships and Information Management at the Canadian Museum of History will be available for comments.

    Snow falls on the Niagara Falls History Museum, 5810 Ferry Street, Niagara Falls, on January 26 and “blankets” the Ontario Power Generation Gallery until April 16, 2017.  Come and see how snow has helped shape our cultural identity.  You’ll be “snowed” under.


    For more information, contact:

    Clark Bernat, City of Niagara Falls
    Manager of Museums and Culture

    Phone: 905-358-5082
    Email: cbernat@niagarafalls.ca

    For Immediate Release – Family Day @ the Museum

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    I recently received the following press release from the Niagara Falls Museum:

    February 10, 2014

    For Immediate Release

    Family Day @ the Museum 

    Niagara Falls Museums is pleased to offer a great event with Family Day @ the Museum on Monday, February 18, 2013 from 10:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Niagara Falls History Museum, 5810 Ferry Street, Niagara Falls.

    Don’t miss out on the FREE Family Fun!

    Admission to the museum is free. Inside, families can explore the galleries, enjoy entertainment and demonstrations, and take part in the activities related to the current exhibition in the OPG Temporary Gallery titled “Space”, which features a moon rock and a portable planetarium StarLab.

    Starlab shows run every 30 minutes, on the hour and half hour and will be first come first serve. Entertainment will include musicians and a magician.  There will be a constellation craft that younger visitors can create and families can get their portrait taken “on the moon”.

    All the Museums galleries will be open during the day and there will be scavenger hunts and quizzes to fill out.  Walk the tightrope, build a bridge or dress up in War of 1812 uniforms.

    A detailed agenda including map will be available when you check in at the Museum and there is lots of free parking in the Sylvia Place parking lot.


    For further information, please visit www.niagarafallsmuseums.ca or you may contact:

    Clark Bernat
    Niagara Falls Museums
    Come for the Falls – Fall for the History
    Phone: 905-358-5082

    For Immediate Release – Science Fiction Film Humanized – Film Series at the Niagara Falls History Museum

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    I received the following press release from the Niagara Falls Museumrecently:

    January 27, 2014

    For Immediate Release

    Science Fiction Film Humanized – Bold Films on the Big Screen 

    The Niagara Falls Museums is pleased to announce the next film series presented at the Niagara Falls History Museum as part of @ the Museum Thursday Night.

    This series complements our current exhibition on SPACE in the OPG Gallery, which features a Starlab, a moon rock from NASA and images of Niagara Falls at night.  With that influence in mind, Joan Nicks, series programmer, has put together a series that examines the human condition within the context of space and the future.  All films start at 7pm sharp and will be introduced by film critic and programmer Joan Nicks.

    Films in the series include stars such as Harrison Ford, George Clooney and Kevin Spacey.  The series starts on February 6 with Blade Runner (1982, 117 minutes, Rated 14A).  This film is one of the coolest and visually inventive, post-modern films ever.  Other films in the series include missions to a space station to investigate what went wrong with the crew, the emptiness of space and a wry comic adventure.

    The film series schedule is;

    February 6 – Blade Runner
    February 20 – Solaris
    March 6  – Moon
    March 20 – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
    April 3 – TBA

    According to Prof. Nicks, “Georges Méliès’ whimsical film, A Trip to the Moon (1902), launched the science-fiction film. This series showcases some of the best directors who bring narrative richness, stylistic maturity and humanity to the genre.”  Ever since then, film makers have used the genre to tell some of the most compelling stories on the big screen.  This series examines the potential that the genre has to look towards the future while telling stories that have impact on the present.


    For further information, please visit www.niagarafallsmuseums.ca or you may contact:
    Clark Bernat

    For Immediate Release – Impersonate 1812

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    Last week I received the following press release from the Niagara Falls Museum:

    July 10, 2013                                                                                                       For Immediate Release

    Impersonate 1812

    As Niagara Falls prepares for the 200th anniversary of the Battles of Chippawa and Lundy’s Lane, the 199th anniversary events that are planned will have something for everyone.  We are continuing with our month filled with great events on Thursday, July 18th during our @ the Museum Thursday Night series with an event called “Impersonating 1812”.

    Starting at 6 p.m., visitors to this free family night will see, smell and partake in life during the War of 1812.  Working with local reenactors, the museum will host a fashion show, where you will see the clothing soldiers and civilians would have worn in Niagara Falls in the early 19th century.

    We also have sutlers selling their wares and also discussing such things as flowers, herbs, quilting and needle work.

    Kids will have a chance to join in a mini militia and march with soldiers.  There will be something for everyone and all ages as the night will end with a presentation of music and dance, as the Regency Dancers will put on some moves and give a few tips on how to do it.

    This free event will be a great way to have some fun on a Thursday night in the Main and Ferry area.  Check out our website for more great 1812 events such as “Hear the Cannons Roar” & “Petticoats, Boots and Muskets”.


    For further information, please visit www.niagarafallsmuseum.ca or you may contact:

    Christine Girardi
    Phone: 905-358-5082

    Clark Bernat
    Niagara Falls Museums

    Check out what we have been up to in our latest video

    @ the Museum Thursday Nights

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