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    The hidden history of Niagara Falls

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    From WIVB channel 4 in Buffalo:

    In Niagara Falls, historians and members of the community are working together to uncover the hidden history of the Underground Railroad in the Cataract City. Read More…

    My visit to the St Catharines Museum on Family Day 2012

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    Note: This isn’t directly related to Niagara Falls, but if you have come to Niagara Falls for a visit, this is a place you may want to check out.

    I’ve lived in St Catharines for a good portion of my life (actually, 3 different times). It is a great place to live. I’m about an hour from Toronto, 15 minutes from Niagara Falls, and half an hour from Buffalo. Through all that time, I’ve never been to the St Catharines Museum. It is located at Lock 3 along the Welland Canals Parkway (1932 Welland Canals Parkway, St Catharines ON L2R 7K6, Tel: 905-984-8880). It is run by the City of St Catharines, and on Family Day this year they had some activities for the children so we went.

    There is no admission fee to enter the museum. They have a donation box, and you can donate as much (or as little) as you want.

    We were pleasantly surprised with the quality of the museum. At that time (and for another month or two), there was an exhibit with old toys. The kids really liked that part. We then walked through the rest of the museum were the permanent exhibits are. There were exhibits about local sports figures, military heroes, the Underground Railroad, and more. Of course there was a rather large space devoted to the Welland Canal.

    If you are looking for an inexpensive day trip with the kids, the St Catharines Museum might be just the right place.

    As always, you can see some of the thumbnails below, and you can see the all of the images including the larger sized ones in the St Catharines Museum on Family Day 2012. Please note that I took the pictures with my cell phone, so they aren’t as good as they normally would be.

    As a side note, the Niagara Falls Image Gallery now has 3421 images in 267 categories.

    Falls to seek funds to redo parkway

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    From the Buffalo News:

    The city will seek an estimated $40 million in federal stimulus money to reconfigure or remove two sections of the Robert Moses Parkway.

    Mayor Paul A. Dyster said Tuesday he believes the money could help break a “logjam” over the highway by moving ahead with a project on two sections city officials believe are less controversial than points north of Findlay Drive.

    The application will include a proposal to combine the section of the Robert Moses Parkway between Main Street and Findlay Drive with Whirlpool Street. The reconfigured scenic boulevard would run roughly where Whirlpool Street now is located, Dyster said.

    “This is something that would be a major benefit,” he said. “We keep getting focused on the Robert Moses aspect of this. What we’re talking about really there is the expansion of the park at the falls down to the site of the Underground Railroad crossing where we’re putting in our train station.”

    Money’s there to polish up Queenston Heights

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    An historic Canadian landmark is getting a spruce-up thanks to $500,000 in federal infrastructure spending announced Monday.

    Queenston Heights in Niagara-on-the-Lake will see its worn interpretive signs and deteriorated wood stairways and railings replaced.

    A series of interpretive plaques will also be installed along the Niagara Parkway exploring themes from the War of 1812 to the Underground Railroad.

    The work will help prepare for War of 1812 bicentennial celebrations planned at Queenston Heights.

    Americans staying home

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The trips arranged by Lezlie Harper Wells are a hit with U.S. African Americans.

    Since 2004, she’s helped co-ordinate 600 American group sojourns to explore Niagara’s rich black history and its Underground Railroad that helped free U.S. slaves.

    However, new passport rules at the U.S. border and a sick economy has meant 30 per cent less U.S. business compared to last year.

    It’s all part of a general slump in American tourism to this area that many in the industry are noticing.

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