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

The Gold Laced Coat

As this title suggests, this program utilizes characters and themes developed in Helen Fuller Orton's novel, The Gold-Laced Coat, to introduce students to the French occupation of Fort Niagara and Western New York. The central element of the program is an in-class visit by a uniformed French "officer," who will use the adventures of Captain and Phillipe DeCroix, Pierre, Red Bird, and Abbie as a backdrop for an interactive presentation on the true life of French soldiers and civilians in the fort, utilizing both reproduction and original artifacts to bring the past to life. "The Gold-Laced Coat" will seek to increase student understanding of some of the following education concepts:

  • The past as more than just names and dates.
  • Fact versus fiction, and the novel a source of both.
  • The diversity of the community within Fort Niagara and the Great Lakes during the French period of occupation.
  • Transportation and geography in 18th century America.
  • An introduction to the Fur Trade and the commercial forces behind colonization.
  • An introduction to the French and Indian War.
  • Vocabulary appropriate to the program.

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

 To book a program call (716) 745-7611 or email claflair@oldfortniagara.org

Hours of Operation

The Fort is open year round with the exception of New Years Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

  • Jan - June 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • July - Aug - 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sept - Dec - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.

Please note: Ticket sales end 30 minutes before closing time.

 

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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