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Focus on Education: Student Voices
In education reform, we consistently hear from state and local leaders, school boards and district superintendents on change and student performance. Many times students are not directly asked what their concerns are or the challenges they face in meeting these expectations. WNED | WBFO hosted 42 students from 13 area high schools to discuss their concerns. From these discussions, it was determined that the three most prevalent concerns of the students were personal matters and peer relationships, family and home environment, and existing school support systems. WNED | WBFO invited back seven of these students to share their stories and insights with classmates, staff and the viewing audience. Program hosts, WBFO News Director, Brian Meyer, and Senior Reporter, Eileen Buckley explore what students are saying about their daily struggles in and out of school.
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Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing Western New York
Frederick Law Olmsted, America’s first and best-known landscape architect, created an enduring legacy in Western New York. Perhaps best known for his design of New York City’s Central Park, Olmsted had a powerful and lasting influence on Western New York. “Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing Western New York” is a one-hour original WNED-TV production that captures the architect’s impact throughout Western New York. The program includes documentary segments that capture the history and context for Olmsted’s contributions and interviews with local experts that focus on how that legacy is being carried into the future. Olmsted designed the Buffalo Park System, the first of its kind in the world.
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Buffalo’s First Ward
The First Ward built Buffalo and, to some degree, America. The industries that blossomed along the shores of the Buffalo River and Lake Erie are largely responsible for creating Buffalo as a manufacturing and industrial powerhouse from the early 1800s through the mid-1900s. Buffalo’s industrial strength fuelled American economic growth and expansion.
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Target Prevention, a WNED-TV original production, will show you the most effective things you can do to take control of your health. Research demonstrates the positive impact of exercise and good nutrition. Small choices we make everyday really do impact our health. We also need to make certain that we take advantage of screening tests that lead to early detection, better treatment and even prevention. Our “targets” with this program are cardiovascular disease and cancer focusing on high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, breast cancer and colon cancer.
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Making A Difference
Making a Difference was created to capture the stories of true champions who dedicate their time to worthy causes, emphasize the importance of volunteerism and encourage others to step in and lend a helping hand. The program highlights eight individuals in a half-hour television documentary on WNED-TV and with radio reports on WBFO-FM 88.7.
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Tragedy and Hope: Stories of Painkiller Addiction
Tragedy and Hope: Stories of Painkiller Addiction shares the experiences of young people from Western New York who are struggling with addiction recovery. Most of the young people are making progress towards wellness and they discuss their long term fight for recovery; others have not been as fortunate. By utilizing their personal stories backed by addiction treatment specialists, researchers and parent insights, the hope is to raise awareness and advocacy for this serious epidemic in our community. Prescription painkiller addiction has no gender, race, or social status symbolism; it can affect anyone, at any age.
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The Great Erie County Fair
As the summer peaks in Western New York, the Erie County Fair becomes the talk of the town. For 12 days every August, the fairgrounds in Hamburg draw more than a million visitors to the exhibition halls, animal barns, commercial displays, midway and entertainment arenas. From austere beginnings to its current incarnation as a sometimes colorful, often overwhelming and always fascinating event, the Erie County Fair has become an institution. The Great Erie County Fair, a WNED-TV original production, celebrates 175 years of tradition and documents all the charm, excitement, stories and competitive spirit that animate the fair.
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If Our Water Could Talk
More than 22 percent of the city of Buffalo is water and the region lies within the largest fresh water system in the world. The abundance of freshwater is one of Western New York’s greatest resources. If Our Water Could Talk is a WNED|WBFO multi-media initiative that includes a television documentary, a community forum on the future of the Outer Harbor, radio reports, a website, educational materials and community engagement.
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1812 on the Niagara Frontier
The War of 1812 was one of the most important historical events along the Niagara Frontier. It had a profound impact on the development of both the United States and Canada and is still relevant to both countries today. 1812 on the Niagara Frontier is a local, contemporary follow up to the WNED-TV production The War of 1812. 1812 on the Niagara Frontier explores sites around the Niagara region dedicated to preserving and presenting this history to the public. The program focuses on the sites as destinations and captures the visitor experience at each location. From cannon firings and musket demonstrations, to interactive museums and costumed reenactments, 1812 on the Niagara Frontier captures the passion each of these unique locations brings to the history of the War of 1812.
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My Health Counts!
More and more we are facing chronic conditions and are being asked to make important decisions about our own health. That can be a frightening prospect—or an empowering one. When it comes to health care, patients have more power than they think. My Health Counts!, WNED-TV six-part series, focuses on the fundamentals of health and wellness—encouraging people to partner with their doctors and other members of their healthcare team; fostering self-management skills and giving people a better understanding of how to recognize and receive quality care.
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Life Journeys Solutions for Caregivers
Life Journeys Solutions for Caregivers is a four-part public television series that takes a closer look at the trials and triumphs of family caregiving. With 50 million Americans playing this pivotal role in the life of a sick or elderly loved one, the need for informational and empowering television programming has never been greater. Join host, Susan Hunt, a well-known Buffalo producer and experienced caregiver, explore a wide range of issues and topics that will help families increase their knowledge and skills, while decreasing their levels of stress.
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The WNED-TV Production Catalog
WNED-TV’s award-winning production team originates content to shine the spotlight on the treasures and history of Western New York and Southern Ontario. Building on its mission to “educate, inform, enlighten and entertain,” WNED-TV productions have contributed significantly to our communities.
Through partnerships with numerous local organizations, WNED-TV’s programs have increased awareness about crucial health-related issues; historical events and figures; unique natural and cultural assets; and important education topics.
You may remember many of our local productions.
Remembering Toronto (1998) takes a nostalgic look at the Toronto of the ‘20s to the ‘50s.
The Pan American Experience (2001) tells the story of the 1901 World’s Fair. WNED-TV’s first high-definition production,
Buffalo’s Houses of Worship (2002), explores the city’s sacred architecture.
WNED-TV then partnered with Rogers Television to produce Toronto’s Houses of Worship (2004).
The Our Town (2003-2012) series tells the stories of the distinct communities of our region through the eyes of its residents.
Buffalo native, Christine Baranski, narrates Polonia: Western New York’s Polish-American Legacy (2005) detailing the history and cultural richness of our region’s Polish-American community.
Some of the most intriguing and entertaining tales of people who have risked their lives to challenge Niagara Falls are featured in Daredevils of Niagara Falls (2006).
Dangerous Silence (2007) presents an open and honest portrayal of the complex dynamics of AIDS/HIV in the Buffalo/Niagara region.
Buffalo’s Wild Bill Donovan (2007) reflects on the life and legacy of the man President Eisenhower called “the Last Hero.”
Demystifying Dyslexia (2007) sheds light on this often misunderstood condition through personal stories, educational best practices and the latest scientific research.
Wineries of Western New York and the Finger Lakes and Wineries of Canada’s Niagara Peninsula (2007) journey along regional wine trails, exploring history, natural beauty and quality wines along the way.
Herbert Hauptman: Portrait of a Laureate (2008) portrays both the scientist and the man, reflecting on the significance of the Nobel Prize winner’s contributions.
Remembering Crystal Beach Park (2008) preserves the memories of the beloved lakeside amusement park.
Through a series of video postcards, Western New York A TO Z (2009) explores sites that set the Buffalo Niagara region apart.
Buffalo’s Voices of Steel (2010) honors the contributions of all who labored for the industrial giants that drove the mid- to-late 20th century American economy.
Don’t Touch That Dial (2010) looks back at the great memories in Buffalo broadcasting.
Hockey, More than a Game (2011) explores hockey history and culture, offering an insightful, intimate look at the game described as “Canada’s gift to the world.”
As a leading producer of single-topic documentaries, our national and regional broadcasts have been seen by millions of people across the continent, stimulating cultural and heritage tourism to the Buffalo/Niagara/Toronto region.
“WNED-TV’s productions are thoroughly researched, beautifully written and artfully shot. In documenting the breadth and depth of the cultural and historic richness of Western New York, WNED-TV has captured the imaginations of audiences both within and outside the region, boosting the community’s self-image and promoting it to potential visitors.”
--Edward J. Healy, Vice President for MarketingBuffalo Niagara Convention and Visitor’s Bureau
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The Klondike Gold RushThe Klondike Gold Rush tells the legendary story of the Alaska-Yukon Gold Rush. Over 100,000 people voyage to the far North intent of reaching the Canadian boom-town Dawson City and striking it rich. It’s an incredible story of determination, luck, fortune and loss. Historians and authors bring insight and perspective to the event that changed the lives of thousands. Present-day characters reveal that the frontier spirit is still alive in the Klondike.
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Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America
To Frederick Law Olmsted, a park was both a work of art and a necessity for urban life. Olmsted’s efforts to preserve nature created an “environmental ethic” decades before the environmental movement became a force in American politics. With gorgeous cinematography, creative animation, and compelling commentary, Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America presents the biography of a man who forever changed our relationship with public open spaces. The film explores the enormous contributions of Olmsted to the American landscape, as well as his marked failures and loss.
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The War of 1812
For two and a half years, Americans fought against the British, Canadian colonists, and native nations. In the years to come, the War of 1812 would be celebrated in some places and essentially forgotten in others. But it is a war worth remembering—a struggle that threatened the existence of Canada, then divided the United States so deeply that the nation almost broke apart. Some of its battles and heroes became legendary, yet its blunders and cowards were just as prominent. The War of 1812 shows how the glories of war became enshrined in history – how failures are quickly forgotten – how inconvenient truths are ignored forever.
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The Shaw Festival: Behind the Curtain
Offering unprecedented access, The Shaw Festival: Behind the Curtain captures a unique approach to theatre in one of North America’s longest-running, most distinctive and exciting theatre experiences. In following the process of getting plays from the page to the stage, this documentary provides insight into the production at a world-renowned repertory theatre festival. Each year between April and October, the Shaw Festival presents 10–12 plays on four stages that attract patrons from all over the world. Located in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada, the Shaw’s extended and one-of-a-kind schedule has actors and directors working on several plays at once. Over eight months, crews design and build sets on a finely honed schedule that is frenetic, creative and amazingly well-planned and executed. Visit The Shaw Festival: Behind the Curtain website
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Underground Railroad: The William Still Story
William Still was just a boy when he helped the first one escape. He never knew the man's name; only that he was being hunted by slave catchers. But in the years ahead, there would be many hundreds more. And Still vowed their stories would never be forgotten. Underground Railroad: The William Still Story tells the dramatic story of William Still, one of the most important yet largely unheralded individuals of the Underground Railroad. Still was determined to get as many runaways as he could to "Freedom’s Land,” smuggling them across the US border to Canada. Bounty hunters could legally abduct former slaves living in the so-called free northern states, but under the protection of the British, Canada provided sanctuary for fugitive slaves. Visit the Underground Railroad: The William Still Story website
Underground Railroad: The William Still Story educator resources on PBS LearningMedia
Golf’s Grand Design
Golf's playing fields have recognizable characteristics—fairways, greens, bunkers, and water hazards-- but golf is the only sport played on a field with no specifically defined dimensions. Golf's playing fields are dictated by the features of the land and the imagination of the architect. Golf's Grand Design focuses on golf course architecture from the 1880s through present day featuring some of America's best known and influential courses: the National Golf Links of America on Long Island; Baltusrol in New Jersey; Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx; Augusta National in Georgia; the Dunes in South Carolina; Pinehurst No. 2 in North Carolina; Crooked Stick in Indiana; Sand Hills in Nebraska; Shadow Creek in Las Vegas and Bandon Dunes and Old Macdonald in Oregon.
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Chautauqua: An American Narrative
Chautauqua: An American Narrative captures the unique environment and opportunities provided by the Chautauqua Institution. The program focuses on the contemporary story of Chautauqua today while using the Institution's rich history to provide context and perspective. It is an exploration of this uniquely American experience and its pervasive—yet sometimes forgotten—place in American culture and history.The Chautauqua Institution promotes life-long learning and the engagement of art, education and community through lectures, performances, and other activities. Chautauqua: An American Narrative showcases the places and activities that make Chautauqua such a unique destination. The program highlights each of the 'four pillars' of Chautauqua; the arts, education, recreation and religion.
Elbert Hubbard: An American Original
The life of Elbert Hubbard is a story of love, art, passion and controversy set against the backdrop of the Arts and Crafts Movement at the turn of the 20th century. To this “back-to-basics” artistic and cultural movement, Hubbard would contribute his bold, ingenious talent and creative force. The flamboyant founder of the Roycroft artisan community in East Aurora, N.Y. (1856-1915) was an influential national figure -- an author, publisher, lecturer and entrepreneur. He also was a man of extreme contradictions, who ultimately died as dramatically as he lived.
Your Life, Your Money
This upbeat, fast-paced program features real-life stories of young adults navigating a variety of economic challenges. Hosted by charismatic actor Donald Faison (Scrubs, Clueless), the documentary encourages viewers to get their financial life on track and to “give purpose to every penny.” In no-nonsense terms, it delivers basic financial advice on credit, savings, insurance and other important topics. Major national personal finance experts; hip-hop icon Russell Simmons; and R&B/pop singer D.Woods (Danity Kane) add their insight to the issues. Visit the Your Life, Your Money website
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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Buffalo
In Buffalo, N.Y., some of the greatest works of American architecture relay a remarkable story that resonates with the universal themes of home, family and friendship. The charismatic Frank Lloyd Wright, destined to become America’s greatest architect, called Darwin Martin, an unassuming, wealthy businessman from Buffalo, his “best friend.” Frank Lloyd Wright’s Buffalo reveals how Martin’s three decades of support fostered Wright’s career and led to some of the architect’s renowned masterpieces. Frank Lloyd Wright's Buffalo educator resources
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Name: Old Fort Niagara Location: Youngstown, N.Y. Website: http://oldfortniagara.org/ Contact: P) 716-745-7611 Description: Today, Fort Niagara presents the long history of the fort to the public, focusing mainly on the period from the American Revolution through the Civil War. Fort Niagara features historical interpreters dressed in period clothing, a working blacksmith shop, cannon and musket demonstrations, a flag raising ceremony and interactive exhibits.
Name: Sackets Harbor Location: Sackets Harbor, N.Y. Website: http://www.sacketsharborbattlefield.org/ Contact: P) 315-646-3634 E)
Description: Visitors to the battlefield can take a self-guided tour of the restored Navy Yard and Commandant’s House. They can also walk a mile-long history trail that interprets the dramatic history of the site through signs and exhibits. Of particular note are the Memorial Tree Grove and Centennial Monument, which pay tribute to the soldiers and sailors who served during the War of 1812.
Name: Fort Ontario Location: Oswego, N.Y. Website: http://nysparks.com/historic-sites/20/details.aspx Contact: P) 315-343-4711 Description: Fort Ontario was an important strategic location during the War of 1812. However, all of the buildings here today have been restored to their Civil War era appearance. Some of the fortifications and walls are over 200-years-old. Visitors can tour several historic buildings including barracks, officer’s quarters, storehouse and powder magazine.
Name: Ogdensburg Battlefield Location: Ogdensburg, N.Y. Website: N/A Contact: N/A Description: A walking tour through Ogdensburg provides an overview of the battle. Signs and plaques along the walk provide insight into the battle and the events surrounding it.
Name: War of 1812 Cemetery Location: Cheektowaga, N.Y. Website: http://www.cheektowagahistory.com/page5.php Contact: P) 716-684-6544 E)
Description: During the War of 1812, the site was used as a burial ground for a nearby military hospital. A cannon has been placed on the grounds and American, Canadian and British flags pay tribute to the soldiers who died during the war.
Name: Battle of Plattsburgh Location: Plattsburgh, N.Y. Website: http://www.battleofplattsburgh.org/index.html Contact: P) 518-566-1814 Description: The town of Plattsburgh has changed greatly since the battle in 1814. Today, the Battle of Plattsburgh Interpretive Center recounts the battle with a large, interactive diorama, scale models of American ships and paintings that depict the fighting. Near the Plattsburgh City Hall is the 153 foot limestone Macdonough Victory Monument that celebrates Lieutenant Thomas Macdonough’s victory over the British fleet on Lake Champlain.
Name: Castle Clinton and Fort Wood Location: New York City, N.Y. Website: http://www.nps.gov/cacl/index.htm Contact: P) 212-344-7220 Description: Castle Clinton and Fort Wood were constructed to protect New York City and its port from British attack during the War of 1812. Today, both are part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument. Castle Clinton was restored in the 1940s and serves as the monument’s ticket office and Fort Wood is now the base for the Statue of Liberty itself.
Name: Great Lakes Seaway Trail Location: New York and Pennsylvania Website: http://www.seawaytrail.com/ Contact: P) 315-646-1000 E)
Description: The Seaway Trail is a 518-mile scenic driving route through New York and Pennsylvania. Many important events of the War of 1812 occurred along the trial, including the Battle of Lake Erie, the Battle of Queenston Heights and many others. The trail is a great way to see many of the important 1812 sites in Pennsylvania and New York.
Name: The Erie Maritime Museum Location: Erie, Pa. Website: http://www.eriemaritimemuseum.org/ Contact: P) 814-452-2744 E)
Description: The Erie Maritime museum showcases the history of Lake Erie from the War of 1812 through modern times. The museum focuses on the War of 1812 and displays artifacts from the period. The centerpiece of the museum is the reconstructed Flagship Niagara.
Name: Perry Monument Location: Erie, Pa. Website: http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/presqueisle/index.htm Contact: N/A Description: Situated in Presque Isle State Park, the monument stands 101 feet tall and is dedicated to Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry and his victory during the battle of Lake Erie.
Name: Fort St. Joseph Location: St. Joseph Island, Ontario Website: http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/on/stjoseph/index.aspx Contact: P) 705-246-2664 E)
Description: Visitors to the fort can tour the ruins of Fort St. Joseph and learn about one of the first major victories won against American forces during the War of 1812. The fort also offers a candlelight ghost walk in the summer.
Name: Fort Malden Location: Amherstburg, Ontario Website: http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/on/malden/index.aspx Contact: P) 519-736-5416 E)
Description: Fort Malden offers visitors an interpretive center with displays focusing on the War of 1812. The site also includes restored buildings and earthworks and historical interpreters dressed in period attire to guide visitors through the fort and help them understand the life of a soldier in the 1800s.
Name: Tecumseh Monument Location: Thamesville, Ontario Website: http://www.tecumsehmonument.ca Contact: E)
Description: A stone monument and bronze plaque stand near where Tecumseh made his last stand near Thamesville, Ontario. There are currently plans to renovate the park into an open-air museum but construction has not yet begun.
Name: Queenston Heights Battlefield Location: Queenston, Ontario Website: http://www.friendsoffortgeorge.ca/bm.htm Contact: P) 905-468-6621 E)
Description: Visitors to the site can take a self-guided walking tour of the battlefield or a guided tour with an interpreter dressed in period attire. The tour highlights some of the key locations of the battle and allows visitors to experience ebb and flow of the fighting. The site also includes Brock’s Monument, which is dedicated to British General Sir Isaac Brock. Visitors can climb to the top of the monument for a bird’s-eye view of the battlefield.
Name: Laura Secord Homestead Location: Queenston, Ontario Website: http://www.niagaraparks.com/heritage-trail/laura-secord-homestead.html Contact: P) 1-877-642-7275 ext. 2 Description: Not far from the Queenston Heights battlefield is the Laura Secord Homestead. The homestead is the actual house lived in by Laura and her family and presents the civilian side of the War of 1812.
Name: Fort George Location: Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario Website: http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/on/fortgeorge/index.aspx Contact: P) 905-468-6614 E)
Description: Fort George provides guests with period reenactments and modern museum exhibits. The fort offers guests the opportunity to see a period meal prepared in their fully functioning kitchen, witness gun crews at work during their cannon firings and hear period military music from their fife and drum crops. In addition, one of the Fort George’s blockhouses has been converted into a modern museum that displays artifacts and information from throughout the fort’s history.
Name: Stoney Creek Battlefield Location: Hamilton, Ontario Website: http://www.battlefieldhouse.ca/ Contact: P) 905-662-8458 E)
Description: Today, people can visit the Battlefield House, which was the American headquarters during the battle. The house has been turned into a small but informative museum. The Stoney Creek Battlefield Monument commemorates the battle and the Stone Lion Monument, which marks the burial place of British, Canadian and American soldiers who died in the fighting.
Name: Beaver Dams Battlefield Location: Thorold, Ontario Website: N/A Contact: N/A Description: A cairn-style monument and plaque sit near where the battle was fought.
Name: Decew House Location: Thorold, Ontario Website: http://www.niagaragreenbelt.com/listings/55-historic-sites/195-decew-house.html Contact: 416-592-2555 Description: A fire destroyed much of the Decew house in the 1950s but the stone foundation still stands and a plaque over the fireplace commemorates the meeting between Lieutenant Fitzgibbon and Laura Secord.
Name: Chippawa Battlefield Location: Niagara Parkway, Ontario Website: http://www.niagaraparks.com/heritage-trail/chippawa-battlefield-park.html Contact: N/A Description: Chippawa Battlefield has been maintained in nearly pristine condition so little has changed in the 200 years since the battle was fought. A small monument marks the location of Fort Chippawa and interpretive markers provide some information about the ebb and flow of the battle.
Name: Niagara Falls History Museum Location: Niagara Falls, Ontario Website:http://www.niagarafallshistorymuseum.ca/index.php/museums/niagara-falls-history-museum/ Contact: P) 905-358-5082 Description: Most of where the battle was fought has been swallowed by downtown Niagara Falls. The newly renovated Niagara Falls History Museum presents the history of Niagara Falls up to present day, but the heart of the collection is the War of 1812 gallery. The gallery features artifacts discovered in Niagara Falls and on the Lundy’s Lane Battlefield.
Name: Drummond Hill Cemetery Location: Niagara Falls, Ontario Website: http://www.niagarafalls.ca/city-hall/municipal-works/cemetery/locations-and-histories/drummond-hill.aspx Contact: N/A Description: Just a few blocks from the Niagara Falls History Museum is Drummond Hill Cemetery. The cemetery was the location of the British cannons during the Battle of Lundy’s Lane and was the scene of some of the most intense fighting of the battle. There is a monument to the battle itself as well as monuments to the British and American troops who died during the fighting.
Name: Fort Erie Location: Fort Erie, Ontario Website: http://www.niagaraparks.com/old-fort-erie/ Contact: P) 1-877-642-7275 ext. 2 E)
Description: Fort Erie provides visitors with a glimpse of what a prolonged siege would have been like in the 1800s. The fort’s buildings and curtain walls have been restored and outside the walls guests can walk through the siege lines that would have been used by the British during the Siege of Fort Erie. The fort also has a new visitors center and museum that displays artifacts from the fort and tells the personal stories of the soldiers who fought during the siege. The fort also has one of the longest running Native interpretive programs of any War of 1812 historic site in the region.
Name: Fort York Location: Toronto, Ontario Website: http://www.toronto.ca/culture/museums/fort-york.htm Contact: P) 416-392-6907 E)
Description: Fort York was reconstructed in 1814 and many of those building still stand today. The fort sits in downtown Toronto and provides visitors with a link the city’s earliest beginnings. Interpreters in period dress escort visitors around the fort’s many buildings and displays and provide demonstrations such as musket firings and period military drill.
Name: Fort Wellington Location: Prescott, Ontario Website: http://www.pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/on/wellington/index.aspx Contact: P) 613-925-2896 E)
Description: The fort has been carefully restored to its 19th century appearance. In the summer of 2012, the fort opened its brand new visitors center. The center contains exhibits that tell the story of the fort and explain how cooperation between British regulars, Canadian militia and Native warriors protected the St. Lawrence River and British supply lines during the war.
Name: Crysler’s Farm Battlefield Location: Morrisburg, Ontario Website: http://www.uppercanadavillage.com/index.cfm/en/home/ Contact: P) 1-800-437-2233 Description: Much of the original battlefield was destroyed during the construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway in the 1950s. Today, the battle is memorialized at the Battlefield Memorial Building, which contains artifacts from the battlefield and a large granite monument dedicated to the British and Canadian victory.
Name: Canadian War Museum Location: Ottawa, Ontario Website: http://www.warmuseum.ca/splash/ Contact: P) 1-800-555-5621 Description: The Canadian War Museum presents visitors with the history of Canada’s wars from the earliest days of settlement up to present day. The War of 1812 is featured in one of the museum galleries and there is a special 1812 exhibition on display for the bicentennial anniversary of the war.
Name: Fort Henry Location: Kingston, Ontario Website: http://www.forthenry.com/index.cfm/en/home/ Contact: P) 1-800-437-2233 E)
Description: Fort Henry today bears little resemblance to the fort that stood here during the War of 1812. However, visitors can tour the fort to understand why it was of strategic importance during the war and visit the Fort Henry Museum to learn about the location’s long history.
Name: Nancy Island Historic Site Location: Wasaga Beach, Ontario Website: http://www.wasagabeachpark.com/ Contact: P) 705-429-2516 Description: The Nancy Island Historic Site commemorates the HMS Nancy’s battle against three American schooners during the War of 1812. The Wasaga Beach Welcome Center tells the story of HMS Nancy, her valiant fight and houses artifacts from the ship including the charred hull of the vessel.
Name: Niagara Historical Society Museum Location: Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario Website: http://www.niagarahistorical.museum/ Contact: E) firstname.lastname@example.org Description: The Niagara Historical Society Museum is dedicated to preserving and presenting the history of Niagara-on-the-Lake. The museum houses many collections, a research library and maintains a War of 1812 exhibition that contains archives and artifacts from the war.
Name: Willoughby Historical Museum Location: Niagara Falls, Ontario Website: http://www.niagarafallshistorymuseum.ca/index.php/museums/willoughby-historical-museum/ Contact: P) 905-295-4036 Description: The Willoughby Historical Museum captures the history of Niagara Falls with a particular focus on reflecting rural life in Niagara Falls and the Battle of Chippawa.
Name: Battle Ground Hotel Museum Location: Niagara Falls, Ontario Website: http://www.niagarafallshistorymuseum.ca/index.php/museums/battle-ground-hotel-museum/ Contact: P) 905-358-5082 Description: The museum is housed in a restored 1850s style tavern house. It includes period-furnished rooms and artifacts from the War of 1812. The museum provides visitors with the experience of tavern life in 19th century Ontario.
For directions and more information about these locations, visit their websites.
Funding for 1812 on the Niagara Frontier was provided by The Wilson Foundation, Warren and Barbara Goldring and Phil Lind.
The War of 1812 was one of the most important historical events along the Niagara Frontier. For the people living in Upper Canada at the time, the war helped to create a uniquely Canadian identity. For Americans, it helped to prove the country was an international power. The war was fought as far south as New Orleans and as far north as Toronto and Lake Champlain, but nowhere was the fighting more intense than in the Niagara region.
During the almost three years of war, the fighting never left the Niagara Frontier. The Niagara River had formed a natural political border between the United States and British controlled Canada since the end of the Revolutionary War. Land communication was difficult in the 1800s and both sides understood water routes were the superhighways that allowed trade and troops to flow into the continent. Control of the Great Lakes and the rivers along the Canada and U.S. border was crucial for the transport of supplies, men and information.
In addition, both sides knew a determined enemy could cross the Niagara River and invade the vulnerable interior of New York or Upper Canada, the seat of British political power in Ontario. The Niagara River was protected on both sides of the border by a string of forts that saw heavy fighting throughout the war. Fighting in the region began in earnest with the Battle of Queenston Heights in October 1812 and continued until the end of the war.
The War of 1812 was the first time the United States of America had formally declared war on another nation. The war began officially on June 18, 1812 and lasted for over two years, ending with the United States ratifying the Treaty of Ghent in February of 1815. The war is considered to have ended as a stalemate but it did much to solidify both American and Canadian senses of identity.
For more information about the War of 1812, visit: http://www.pbs.org/wned/war-of-1812/home/
Funding for 1812 on the Niagara Frontier was provided by The Wilson Foundation, Warren and Barbara Goldring and Phil Lind.
The French established Fort Niagara in the late seventeenth century at the mouth of the Niagara River. For almost two centuries, it was considered one of the most strategically important military posts in North America.
Today, the fort presents that long history to the public focusing mainly on the period from the American Revolution through the Civil War, when the fort was at its strategic height. Fort Niagara features historical interpreters dressed in period clothing, a working blacksmith shop, cannon and musket demonstrations, a flag raising ceremony and interactive exhibits.
For more information about Fort Niagara, visit: http://oldfortniagara.org/
Fort George sits directly across the Niagara River from Fort Niagara. During the War of 1812, the two forts exchanged fire many times and the British used Fort George as a staging point to launch an attack to capture Fort Niagara.
Fort George provides guests with period reenactments and modern museum exhibits. The fort offers guests the opportunity to see a period meal prepared in their fully functioning kitchen, witness gun crews at work during their cannon firings and hear period military music from their fife and drum corps. In addition, one of the Fort George’s blockhouses has been converted into a modern museum that displays artifacts and information from throughout the fort’s history.
For more information about Fort George, visit: http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/on/fortgeorge/index.aspx
The Erie Maritime Museum showcases the history of Lake Erie from the War of 1812 through modern times. The museum focuses on the War of 1812 and displays artifacts from the period. The centerpiece of the museum is the reconstructed Flagship Niagara.
The Niagara was the ship that won the Battle of Lake Erie, one of America’s earliest victories in the War of 1812. Today, the 300 ton reconstructed vessel is docked at the Erie Maritime Museum for visitors to explore. Groups can also reserve the ship to take out to sail on Lake Erie and experience first-hand what life was like for a sailor during the War of 1812.
For more information about the Erie Maritime Museum, visit: http://www.eriemaritimemuseum.org/
The Battle of Queenston Heights was one of the first major battles of the War of 1812. The combined forces of British regulars, Canadian militia and Native warriors threw back the attempted American invasion of Canada.
Visitors to the site can take a self-guided walking tour of the battlefield or a guided tour with an interpreter dressed in period attire. The tour highlights some of the key locations of the battle and allows visitors to experience ebb and flow of the fighting. The site also includes Brock’s Monument, which is dedicated to British General Sir Isaac Brock. Visitors can climb to the top of the monument for a bird’s-eye view of the battlefield.
Not far from the Queenston Heights battlefield is the Laura Secord Homestead. The homestead is the actual house lived in by Laura and her family and presents the civilian side of the War of 1812.
For more information about the Queenston Heights Battlefield, visit: http://www.friendsoffortgeorge.ca/bm.htm
For more information about the Laura Secord Homestead, visit: http://www.niagaraparks.com/heritage-trail/laura-secord-homestead.html
The Battle of Lundy’s Lane was one of the bloodiest battles of the War of 1812. Fought mostly at night, troops on both sides had difficulty telling friendly positions from enemy and in the confusion sometimes fired on their own men. The battle is considered a draw with both the British and the American forces suffering heavy losses.
Today, most of where the battle was fought has been swallowed by downtown Niagara Falls. The newly renovated Niagara Falls History Museum presents the history of Niagara Falls up to present day, but the heart of the collection is the War of 1812 gallery. The gallery features artifacts discovered in Niagara Falls and Lundy’s Lane.
Just a few blocks from the Niagara Falls History Museum is Drummond Hill Cemetery. The cemetery was the location of the British cannons during the Battle of Lundy’s Lane and was the scene of some of the most intense fighting of the battle. There is a monument to the battle itself as well as monuments to the British and American troops who died during the fighting.
For more information about the Niagara Falls History Museum, visit: http://www.niagarafallshistorymuseum.ca/index.php/museums/niagara-falls-history-museum/
For more information about Drummond Hill Cemetery, visit: http://www.niagarafalls.ca/city-hall/municipal-works/cemetery/locations-and-histories/drummond-hill.aspx
Established in 1764 just across Lake Erie from Buffalo, Fort Erie was of great strategic importance during the War of 1812. The fort saw heavy fighting and changed hands many times during the war; the largest and most famous battle was the Siege of Fort Erie.
Fort Erie provides visitors with a glimpse of what a prolonged siege would have been like in the 1800s. The fort’s buildings and curtain walls have been restored and outside the walls guests can walk through the siege lines that would have been used by the British during the Siege of Fort Erie. The fort also has a new visitor’s center and museum that displays artifacts from the fort and tells the personal stories of the soldiers who fought during the siege. The fort also has one of the longest running Native interpretive programs of any War of 1812 historic site in the region.
For more information about Fort Erie, visit: http://www.niagaraparks.com/old-fort-erie/
Fort York was built in 1793 in the village of York, which would eventually grow into the city of Toronto. When the Americans took the Fort in 1813, they burned much of the village of York including the buildings housing the Upper Canadian legislative assembly. These acts of destruction lead to the burning of Buffalo and Washington D.C. by the British the following year.
Fort York was reconstructed in 1814 and many of those building still stand today. The fort sits in downtown Toronto and provides visitors with a link to the city’s earliest beginnings. Interpreters in period dress escort visitors around the fort’s many buildings and displays and provide demonstrations such as musket firings and period military drill.
For more information about Fort York, visit: http://www.toronto.ca/culture/museums/fort-york.htm
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