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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

    The Final Frontier on Ferry

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Right now, the Ontario Power Generation Galley at the Niagara Falls History Museum is an open — and very empty — space.

    It won’t be that way for long as come Jan. 16, the hall will come alive in a display that that oddly enough, is dedicated to — wait for it — Space.

    That’s space, as in the final frontier; space, as in out of this world.

    And centre to the exhibit is a moon rock brought back to Earth in 1971 by the Apollo XV mission.

    For Immediate Release – Ancient Egypt comes to Niagara Falls

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    I know I’m way late for the opening of this exhibit, but it is on until January…

    This is a press release I recently received:

    September 6, 2013                                                                 For Immediate Release


    Ancient Egypt comes to Niagara Falls


    The Ontario Power Generation Gallery at the Niagara Falls History Museum (5810 Ferry Street) will be home to the Royal Ontario Museum exhibition “Egypt, The Gift of the Nile”. Members of the media are welcome to see the new exhibit on September 11 before the official public opening on September 12, 2013. This travelling exhibit will be on display until January 5, 2014.  The Media is invited to attend the official opening of the exhibition on September 11th at 4pm.  Please RSVP.

    Egypt, Gift of the Nile will allow visitors to explore an ancient civilization that flourished for thousands of years. The Nile River Valley of 5,000 years ago was the birthplace of a remarkable civilization. Protected from foreign invasion by vast deserts and sustained by fertile soil along the river, the ancient Egyptians developed from a simple agricultural community into a sophisticated society. Under a system of divine kingship, this Egyptian civilization lasted thousands of years and contributed strongly to the later cultures of the Mediterranean and Europe.

    This exhibition allows one to travel to ancient Egypt and learn about jewelery, perfume, make-up, food, family life, funerary religion and the afterlife.

    The Museum has also added hands-on stations for visitors to write their name in hieroglyphics, make a mini pyramid and an Egyptian headdress.

    For the duration of the exhibition run, school programmes exploring the importance this civilization will be offered to local schools.

    Museum Curator, Suzanne Moase says, “We are excited to show visitors different aspects of the human experience.  Egypt has a special place in the minds of many people and this exhibition will provide people with a connection to this very special time.”

    Be sure to come see the new exhibit this fall in the OPG Gallery and visit www.niagarafallsmuseums.ca for details on upcoming Thursday night activities.

    Images available upon request and the release is also attached.


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



    Clark Bernat


    Niagara Falls Museums




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    Museum secrets unveiled

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    From Niagara This Week:

    The exhibits for the most part are in place but there are still some finishing touches needed before the doors of a re-invented Niagara Falls History Museum swing open to the public for the first time on Saturday.

    “We moved in two months ago,” Niagara Falls Museums manager Clark Bernat said as he prepared to show off some of the features of the new facility last week. “We’re still working out some tweaks. We’ve got to get used to the place.”

    What “this place” is, is a dramatically different place than the one staff left more than a year ago.

    Protest during Stephen Harper’s visit to the Doubletree

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    Along with the groundbreaking ceremony for the Niagara Falls History Museum, Prime Minister Stephen Harper was also at the Doubletree Fallsview Resort & Spa by Hilton – Niagara Falls. I didn’t know he was going to be there, but as I was out for a walk, I passed by. There were lots of police cars around and quite a few cars in the convoy. On the sidewalk on both sides of the hotel there were also a couple of marijuana activists.

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