Old Fort Niagara will continue to offer live, interactive, distance-learning programs during the month of June. Six unique sessions will share important information about Fort Niagaraâ€™s military history, from the early 1700s to World War One, on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. The content is suitable for adults and children alike and all programs are free. While the historic site remains closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is taking this opportunity to connect with people from near and far.
Using Zoom as the platform, the fortâ€™s six new programs will be narrated Power-Point presentations followed by Q&As. The sessions will start at 10 a.m. and will last about 30 minutes.
June 2 â€“ House, Chateau or Castle? French Architecture and Fortification at Old Fort Niagara: Learn how the art and science of fortification developed in Europe and then was transplanted in North America. Make connections between Europe and the New World through buildings that still stand at Old Fort Niagara.
June 4 â€“ A Glorious Acquisition: The 1759 Siege of Fort Niagara: Learn about the 19-day siege that resulted in the British occupation of Fort Niagara. Find out what life was like for soldiers and warriors on both sides of the conflict.
June 9 â€“ Fort Niagara in the American Revolution: Learn how British control of Fort Niagara impacted the events of the American Revolution along the expansive American frontier.
June 11 â€“ An Overview of the War of 1812: Find out where Fort Niagara fits into the overall history of the War of 1812.
June 16 â€“ Betsy Doyle: 1812 Heroine: Find out how historical detective work turned a legend into a flesh and blood woman who sacrificed almost everything for her country.
June 18 â€“ Training Ground for the Great War: Fort Niagara in World War One: Join the officer candidates who trained at Fort Niagara in the summer and fall of 1917 for service in World War One.
Here are the steps interested participants should take for accessing each session. Space is limited, so please register early.
1. Participants will need to register for each session through the fort's website at www.oldfortniagara.org. Under â€œEvents,â€ click on â€œCalendar,â€ choose a program to register for, click on the program and use the embedded link.
2. Once registered for a session, participants will receive an email confirmation with a link and password for accessing the program. Use the provided link and password for accessing the session on the morning of the program.
These distance learning programs are sponsored by American Disinfecting Defense Unit Solutions, Inc. (ADDUS), addusnow.us. Established in New York, ADDUS is dedicated to the first line of defense against all harmful pathogens like coronaviruses, flu influenzas, and harmful molds by using the most powerful sanitation solutions that happen to be safe for people, pets, food, and property, and also are 100% natural, certified organic and approved bythe EPA, and FDA.
Old Fort Niagara is currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. An opening date has not yet been established. Please visit www.oldfortniagara.org for the latest information. Old Fort Niagara is a Registered National Historic Landmark and New York State Historic Site operated by the Old Fort Niagara Association (a not-for-profit organization) in cooperation with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.
Castle high contrast CC.jpg: Castle and fortification? Learn why the iconic French Castle was built the way it was during the
live learning session on June 2. F&I threesome 2.jpg:
During the French and Indian War in 1759, the main parties involved in the conflict at Fort Niagara were the French, Native and British (left to right). The live learning session on June 4 will talk about the 19-day siege on Fort Niagara.
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The June 9 session will feature Fort Niagara during the American Revolution. A reenactment from that time period is shown here.
WWI photo.jpg: Soldiers were trained at Fort Niagara leading up to the U.S. involvement in World War One, which will be the programming topic on June 18. Here they are lined up along Scott Avenue in Fort Niagara, which is now a popular biking and walking path.