NOT @ The Museum Thursdays

The Niagara Falls History Museum regularly provides programming on Thursdays. Check here for upcoming offerings by our programming team.

Power of Music

Join Phil Davis; an established local musician of Haudenosaunee decent whom partakes in Traditional Haudenosuanee songs, is a Pow Wow and Creee Round dance singer, and co-founder of the 7-piece blues/rock/funk/jazz jam band Ol’Child.  

“My focus of sharing is to speak to the importance of our music and how they play a role in our daily lives. The meaning of songs, the importance of them to us, and how that knowledge translates to today’s world that we all share. Why does music affect us as human beings, how long has it been around, what purpose did/does it have? I believe we all absorb and gravitate towards sound because it is an important aspect to our being.  I find sharing my experiences and perspective of music leads to great dialog about the self and the world we share. It knows no boundaries and continues to be the universal language.”

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Online Event

June 24, 2021 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Imbibe: A Lecture Series “a hot, hellish, & terrible liquor”: Rum & the Taste of Empire in Colonial North America

One of the first Europeans to taste rum, an English settler to Barbados named John Lingon, called the spirit “Kill-devil… a hot, hellish, and terrible liquor.” It wasn’t long, however, before his palate was in the minority.  By the 18th century, rum was not only considered indispensable for Christmas parties, evening routs, and pirate ships, it was a commodity that greased the wheels of Britain’s empire and fueled the rebels who sought to destroy it in 1776.  From pantry to table-top, taverns to the top brass, this lecture will explore how colonial people (in both Canada and the US) drank, traded, and fought over Lingon’s terrible ‘rum-bullion.’

Renée Salhany is an associate professor of history at Brock University, who researches the history of drink, drinkers and the trouble they got themselves into, particularly during the War of 1812 era.
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Online Event

July 8, 2021 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Imbibe: A Lecture Series Gentlemen Connoisseurs and Fine Wine

When we think of early-nineteenth century taverns, like the Battle Ground Hotel Museum, alcohol comes readily to mind. But who were the drinkers frequenting these public houses 200 years ago, and what were they drinking? These are important questions to ask, as what a person drank, how they drank it, and with whom (as well as how much they drank, and how they tolerated the inebriating effects) said a lot about them in the public eye. This lecture will explore the drinking habits and preferred beverages of tavern-goers in this period, focusing on gentlemen connoisseurs and fine wine.

Jesse Abbott is a PhD Candidate in Canadian History at the University of Waterloo. He studies a variety of topics in the pre-Confederation period, including masculinity, race, and alcohol. His current dissertation research focuses on martial masculinity and drink in the War of 1812, and the immediate post-war period.


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Online Event

July 15, 2021 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Imbibe: A Lecture Series Crossing the Line: How, Where and When to Drink in Niagara after Prohibition

When prohibition ended in Ontario in 1927, it continued across the river in the United States and Americans flocked to Niagara.   When US prohibition ended in 1933, it was replaced by a looser licensing regime than in Ontario, and Canadians flocked to the US.  How did Niagarans react?

Dan Malleck is an associate professor in the Department of Health Sciences and the director of Brock’s Centre for Canadian Studies. He is an internationally recognized expert in drug and alcohol regulation and prohibition. Has spoken to audiences in Canada, the United States, Europe, and Asia about the challenges of regulating substances that are considered socially problematic, including cannabis, liquor, opiates, and cocaine.


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Online Event

July 22, 2021 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Replay: Museum KIDS - Fire Station Tour

Take a look at this presentation which first aired this past August! Join Christine for a tour of Fire Station One in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Public Education Officer, Ron Massolin, gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the station and all the cool trucks.


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Online Event

July 29, 2021 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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