Niagara Falls Community Gallery

Community GalleryLocation: Niagara Falls History Museum

Date: Ongoing

Immerse yourself in the history of the iconic City of Niagara Falls, from geological creation of our famous landmark to the daredevils that dared Mother Nature to the stories of the people who made our city. Three interactive stations in this gallery allow visitors young and old to touch Mother Nature, span the gorge and become a daredevil.

 

Watch Fob

Watch Fob made of Niagara Spar, c1890. The barrel contains a peep-hole showing five scenes of the Falls. Spar is gypsum, a white mineral which was gathered from the Niagara River bed and sold to unsuspecting tourists as petrified mist from the Falls.

Wire CableWire Cable, c1900. Suspension bridge cable from one of the bridges that spanned the Niagara River.

 

This costume was worn by Stephen Peer, the only local daredevil to cross the Niagara Gorge. His walk took place on June 22, 1887. While Blondin’s cable was 3 inches in diameter, Peer’s was only 5/8 of an inch.

Peer-Daredevil 1Peer Daredevil 2

 

Niagara Industry Items

Niagara Falls location on the Portage Road attracted enterprising citizens who produced goods for travelers and settlers. The abundance of water provided advantages to industrialists as did the later availability of less expensive hydroelectric power.

Support for the Niagara Falls Community Gallery was provided by:

Bank of Montreal

Dino Fazio

Don & Mary (Merrett) Jackson

Kiwanis Club of Stamford

Al, Vi, John & Shelley MacBain

Ron & June Mergle

Morse & Son Funeral Home

Patterson Funeral Home

Rotary Club of Niagara Falls, Canada

Bruce Ward and Bruce Peters

The Building Group (Collaborative Structures Ltd., Genivar Inc., Moriyama and Teshima Architects)

Events

19
Jul

Family Craft Night – Summer “Holidays”

It’s never too early to start thinking about the December holidays!

19
Jul

Live at the Museum: Ol’ Child

Live at the Museum: Ol’ Child

26
Jul

Community Art Project

Join video artist Dougie Hayz as he explores and documents the wide range of emotions expressed by humans.

26
Jul

The Ongoing History of Turtle Island: Revisiting the Treaty Making Era

The Ongoing History of Turtle Island: Revisiting the Treaty Making Era

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