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History Museum Announces Hours for 2013!!!
January 2 – January 31: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
(Closed Sunday and Monday)
February 1 – May 31: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
(Closed Sunday and Monday)
June 1 – August 31: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
September 1 – December 31: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
(Closed Sunday and Monday)
General admission - $5; seniors, veterans of American and Canadian armed forces, college students (with ID) - $3; high school students and middle school students with verification of participation in a required history project - $2.50; active duty American and Canadian military and their families – FREE; North Tonawanda History Museum members – FREE.
The North Tonawanda History Museum Blue Star Museum Program offers free admission to active duty military personnel and their families all year and admission for veterans year round will be at the reduced rate of $3 if they are not members of the North Tonawanda History Museum. A reduced membership rate is offered for veterans with a discount for all membership levels and free membership for active duty military personnel and their families. Admission is free to the History Museum for members at all times. The veteran rate is $7.50 for seniors; $10 for individuals; $20 for families; and $175 for individual life membership. The History Museum is also a participating vendor in the Niagara County “Thank-a-Vet” program, extending the same benefits to non-members of the History Museum who present their photo identification card from Niagara County.
Group tours – by pre-arrangement only. Please plan on two hours for the tour.
We are also able to host small private receptions/parties, including a tour, by pre-arrangement only.
ADMISSION FOR PROGRAMS:
Admission for our 2 p.m. Saturday programs is free beginning at 1:30 p.m. for those coming to the programs.
History Museum Announces A New War Of 1812 Exhibit!
Photo courtesy of History Museum volunteer William Bauza.
North Tonawanda History Museum member/volunteer James Steele, a retired City of Tonawanda School District elementary school teacher has created a War of 1812 exhibit to enable North Tonawanda History Museum staff and volunteers to tell the story of the War of 1812 and how it impacted on the Tonawandas. Steele and his colleague, retired City of Tonawanda art teacher Demelt Shaw are the brainchilds behind the Pan-American Expo exhibit donated to the History Museum in 2011 through Shaw's efforts. The two History Museum members/volunteers are continuing the development of the Pan-American exhibit and will be developing an Erie Canal in the Tonawandas exhibit. The History Museum is seeking donations toward a program coordinated by the two men which will include students in North Tonawanda schools in the continuing development of these exhibits.
History Museum Announces Release of "North Tonawanda: Historic Treasures" Volumes I & II
For further details, please download our promotional flyer HERE (.PDF File Format).
Robert J. Clark, president, Robert L. Grosskopf, Jr., vice president, and Craig Haynes, treasurer, join with Executive Director and secretary of the North Tonawanda History Museum Board of Trustees Donna Zellner Neal to proudly announce the birth of their long-awaited two-volume book, "North Tonawanda: Historic Treasures."
The book was in process, per Mrs. Neal, who is also the editor of the book, and her son, Assistant Executive Director and assistant editor of the book, John P. Zellner Neal, since the organization began as an idea in the summer of 2003 when Mrs. Neal was a member of the first interest group discussing the establishment of a history museum IN North Tonawanda FOR North Tonawanda and ABOUT North Tonawanda.
The two Neals have been part of the Museum effort since the first Board meeting on October 9, 2003. Mrs. Neal has always been a full-time (often double-time and even triple-time) volunteer Executive Director in spite of her age and many physical disabilities and John Neal served as a full-time volunteer for the first four years, becoming a paid employee on August 15, 2007.
Museum Needs Your Help!
Museum Announces Volunteer and Board Positions Available Immediately
NORTH TONAWANDA MAGNETS NOW AVAILABLE!!!
The North Tonawanda History Museum is pleased to announce the beginning of a line of North Tonawanda magnets. The first two in the series, a colored photographic view of Webster/Sweeney Street looking across the Canal from Tonawanda declaring "PROUD to be from...North Tonawanda, NY" and a black and white 1953 view of the west side of Webster Street from the Sugar Bowl almost to Goundry Street labeled "Historic Downtown North Tonawanda, NY" are the first in the line and are available for purchase at $2 each. An NTHS team letter magnet will also soon be available. Additional photo magnets will be designed. A trial selection of tee shirts and caps reading "Proud to be from North Tonawanda" will soon be available also.
"PROUD to be from... North Tonawanda, NY"
"Historic Downtown North Tonawanda, NY"
Call us at (716) 213-0554 for shipping rates if placing order by phone.
Museum Now Accepting Discover Card!!!
Museum "Buy A Brick" Campaign Continues!
In 2008, the History Museum Board authorized volunteer Danielle Oney to develop plans for the "Buy a Brick Campaign." This campaign is ongoing, with engraved 8x8" ceramic tiles offered for $100 for individuals and non-profit organizations, $250 for families, and $500 for corporations. The tiles, many of which are already on display in the new building, will eventually be installed on the interior walls of the History Museum portion of the building. Brick may be purchased by downloading and printing the following application which can then be sent in to the Museum for processing:
BUY A BRICK APPLICATION
(.PDF File Format)
Kristin Doebler Antemann and Facebook to the Rescue!
We have recently found out that our Online Forums provider (Xsorbit.com) has shut down services (without giving anyone notice at that). We were lucky enough to have a Facebook page created for us within the last few months by Kristin Doebler Antemann and would like to invite all of our old Forum guests to visit the following link to join our new online community hub via registration through Facebook. You will see that she has added the very same forum topics as with Xsorbit and encourage everyone to join and post freely.
Click here to view and register for our Facebook page
"Demonstration Edition" of the "Niagara Historic Trail" Update 2008-2009 Announced
The North Tonawanda History Museum, in cooperation with the County of Niagara and the Association of Municipal Historians of Niagara County and other County historians, the Historical Society of North German Settlements in Western New York and the Niagara County Historical Society, has produced a "Demonstration Edition" of "Niagara Historic Trail: A self-guided historic tour of Niagara County." It is an update of the original 1975 County project and the 1991 update by the County.
The 166-page spiral bound book (designed for use in driving around the County so that the pages will remain open for reference) will be available in January initially through the North Tonawanda History Museum and will also be distributed to other County cultural and tourism locations wishing to handle the sale.
Cost of the "Demonstration Edition" is $15 each and can be mailed for an additional $4. The North Tonawanda History Museum is accepting advance orders and accepts Master Card and Visa. Mail orders should be sent to the History Museum at 314 Oliver Street, North Tonawanda, NY 14120.
The new "Niagara Historic Trail" is dedicated "to our inspirations for their love of local history: Dr. H. William Feder, A. Daniel Bille, and John W. Percy."
Although the North Tonawanda History Museum is presently actively involved in moving from their three previous locations into their new home at 54 Webster Street, orders may be placed by phone at 213-0554 or email at email@example.com. A Museum representative will get back to you within 24 hours and arrange for pick up or delivery or mailing.
When the current Trail update project began in early 2008, the entire County of Niagara was enthusiastically celebrating the 200th anniversary of its establishment. The volunteer crew of municipal historians and historians from historical organizations in the County did not know what to anticipate in doing the update. A few had been involved in the earlier versions and some had never seen the printed versions of the earlier efforts. We did, however, generally conclude that, since a significant number of sites included in the previous two printed publications either no longer exist, were of current interest at the time of their original inclusion, or required new or additional descriptive material based on knowledge gained since the earlier publications, an updated version was justified.
The original intent was to have each community section updated and redone as correctly and thoroughly as possible so that the current publication would be an appropriate addition to the celebration of the County’s anniversary and provide a starting point for future updates, since technology has significantly improved in recent years and repeat printings and updated printings are much easier to facilitate. The finished product was to serve visitors to Niagara County, students of local history, and residents and become the basis for regular future updates and printing.
The plan was to fund the initial printing with grants and use the proceeds of the sale of the actual first printing for future printings. A dedicated fund was established by the North Tonawanda History Museum for this purpose, and a $5,000 grant was obtained from the Niagara County Legislature and a $2,500 Mini-Grant from the New York Council for the Humanities, a New York State affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, toward the initial printing costs. Beverly DiPalma of Quinlan Associates volunteered her services for the design of the cover. Carl Hoover of Pioneer Printers served as a consultant to the editor as plans progressed. Donna Zellner Neal, North Tonawanda History Museum Executive Director served as Editor and coordinated the project. Dr. H. William Feder made a presentation on the original Trail project at a March 2008 program of the North Tonawanda History Museum.
Because of the complications of a busy anniversary year in the County, a number of municipal historians were unable to fulfill the request for the historical descriptions, photos, and mapping data for their communities. We apologize, therefore, if their communities’ segments require future work. Without their assistance, we worked with what others were able to provide and did some of the work at the editor level so that all towns and villages and cities in Niagara County would be represented in the guidebook. The delays that resulted and the additional unanticipated work prevented us from having a completed copy at the initially planned time in September.
Our goal from the beginning, however, and the requirements of our funding of the printing, were for a book to be published in 2008 that could be easily updated and reprinted as needed.
Once the copy was as complete as we could make it, with the variety of styles provided merged into a uniform style, mapping proved to be a problem because it was not just a matter of adding available maps. Much of the material supplied, at a significant contribution of time by the historians, did not incorporate street addresses into the descriptions. In some instances, we had to totally eliminate a site which has an important history but for which siting it on a map was not possible as we passed our initial deadline and were continuing past the original schedule to complete the publication.
Locating accurate maps which would work became a problem. From the beginning, we had planned on using a uniform map, breaking it into segments. That, we found as time was running out, left us with maps which did not agree with either of the previous publications in detail. The historians who provided actual street addresses make it possible for the reader or traveler to locate their sites using the addresses. We resigned ourselves to using what we had for the first printing. John Zellner Neal of the North Tonawanda History Museum worked with the editor on this. We will appreciate input from users of the book and the contributing historians so that the first update we do may include any necessary corrections and revisions. We also will be grateful for better maps for future reprints.
We realize at this time with the initial printing that better maps are a necessity for the next printing. Good quality black and white local municipal maps of the cities, towns, and villages are desired for future updates. It is our belief that the kind historians who worked with us in getting this “demonstration edition" together will, upon seeing the initial printing, assist in locating and preparing better local maps. We also hope that other historic sites omitted from this initial printing of the publication can be incorporated into the next printing. We hope as well that street addresses can be included – or at least a description of where on the road or street, or between what other sites, a site is located.
Copies will be distributed to all participating contributors to the publication and to the Mayor of each of the three cities, the Town Supervisors of the twelve towns, and the Mayors of the five villages. City, Town and Village Clerks will also be given a copy of the "demonstration edition." The "Demonstration Edition" will be available for purchase and will be reprinted as needed until the next update. It is hoped that the publication will be updated every couple of years.
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