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                  ***  AWESOME VIDEO  ***

See Niagara Falls like you've never seen it before -- from a
small drone helicopter.  This was posted in July and has been viewed
more than 1.2 million times!  Click here:



     Yes, we have our share of snow, but for the most part, Western New
York is immune from the kinds of natural disasters that wreak havoc with
other sections of the country.
     In fact, we live in one of the safest regions -- the 4th safest in
the U.S.  You might interested in learning about the Top 10 Safest



     It's Lewiston's new "good luck" keepsake -- a special Lewiston coin
that will become a sought-after collectible for generations.  That's why
you'll want to get as many of these coins as you can to give as gifts to
your family members, loved ones, and former Lewiston residents who will
treasure the artistry and the message this coin conveys.
    When you combine the Native American symbolism, the engraved
inscriptions and the high-relief 3-D design, along with the topicality of
the Tuscarora Heroes and the emerging appreciation of how dozens of
Lewiston residents were saved 200 years ago, you end up with a
precious memento that underscores the timeless friendship and bond
between the Tuscaroras and Lewistonians.
    Now we can all be proud owners of a coin that captures the spirit of
brotherhood and deep bond that exists between us.
    ALL proceeds from the sale of the coin will go to the Tuscarora Heroes
Monument project which will culminate in a spectacular unveiling on the
evening of December 19, 2013 -- 200 years to the day when a small band
of Tuscarora men bravely halted the British attack on Lewiston and enabled
dozens of Lewiston citizens to escape.
    You can see the coin and get more details here:

    Still don't know much about how the Tuscaroras saved us?  It's time
you learned the whole story.  You can get the Tuscarora Heroes book at
DiCamillo's in Lewiston, the Lewiston Museum, or the Book Corner in
Niagara Falls.  It's one of the most fascinating and unusual stories in
American history.

Check out this new video trailer for the Historical Association,
produced by volunteer board member, Claudia Carnes.  Great job,
If you aren't a member yet, maybe this will convince you!

Do you remember Lewiston's slogan from the 1960s?
"Progressively proud.  Historically endowed."
Charles Foss (Jackie Sutherland's dad) won the slogan contest!


    The newly revised sixth edition of the Tuscarora Heroes book has
been published by the Historical Association of Lewiston and is now
available at the Lewiston Museum, DiCamillos Bakery in Lewiston, the
Orange Cat Coffee Co., the Book Corner in Niagara Falls, and the Lewiston
Town and Village halls.
    The book, first published in 2010, includes several changes
including a new cover photo of the monument by photographer Bill
Carpenter and additional information about the British attack on
Lewiston in December 1813.  Updated information about the identity of
the "Western Indian" attackers is also provided.
    "We sold out of our supply the night the Tuscarora Heroes Monument
was unveiled on December 19," said Lewiston Museum director Pam Hauth.
    Lee Simonson wrote the book as a volunteer and all proceeds go the
Lewiston Museum.  Groups or organizations interested in having him speak
on the topic are welcomed to contact the Lewiston Museum at 716-754-4214 for
    The Tuscarora Heroes was the largest War of 1812 Bicentennial
monument project in the United States.


New book about Lewiston, Queenston, Youngstown and Niagara-on-the-Lake
Available by calling the Lewiston Museum at 716-754-4214

    Published to commemorate 200 years of peace between Canada and the
U.S., this new book contains local stories from nine different authors --
all trans-river neighbors who met monthly and communicated electronically
for over three years to share history, oral stories, anecdotes, maps, and
    Although the book follows a timeline and takes up some history, it is
not just about the “facts.”  It presents some of the social history of the
lower Niagara River region.
    Net proceeds from the book sales will be shared by three historical
societies -- the Historical Association of Lewiston, Town of Porter
Historical Society and the Niagara Historical Society and Museum in
Niagara-on-the-Lake.  All of these museums assisted with the research and
provided historic images.
    This unique collaborative bi-national writing project was funded by a
grant from the Niagara County Host Standing Committee of the Niagara River
Greenway Commission, spearheaded by Vice Chair of the Niagara County
Legislature, Clyde Burmaster, and a donation from the Niagara Falls Bridge
    The book sells for $19.95 in both Canada and the United States.
Americans can get the book by calling the Lewiston Museum at
716-754-4214, while Canadians can contact the Niagara Museum in


Lewiston sets new standard for hospitality within reenactor community
Spectacular cannon/fireworks demonstration highlighted weekend

    Rave reviews have been received from across America praising Lewiston
and its volunteers for hosting what some reenactors are calling "the best
event ever!"  Virtually each of the 200 reenactors who visited the event
said that they have never received the hospitality and accommodations that
Lewiston offered -- the most friendly and gracious town they've experienced!
    The commemoration of the 200 Anniversary of the first major battle of
the War of 1812 took place on October 12-14, with venues in both Lewiston
and Queenston.
    Here is a compilation of some of the photos and videos you can find
online that have captured the event.

Bill Carpenter's Photographs (more being posted)

Cannon Bombardment Video

Friday Education Day with Student Field Trippers

Cannon Fire Over the Gorge

A Flash in the Pan

Sun on the Canvas and Cakes in the Pan

Barton Hill Gala and Cannon Set Up

Battle Reenactment on the Canadian Side

Battle Reenactment on Canadian Side (near end of battle)

More Canadian Action and Speeches (in High Def)

U.S. Air Force Flyover of Lewiston (just before bombardment)



     Lewiston is still basking in the Travel Channel glow...  We were one
of the towns featured on the Travel Channel on July 25 for the Best of the
Road rally.  It's nice to see Lewiston on the national map as one of the
Top 6 towns in America for "Best for Food."
     But that's not all!  Mike's Road Trip has just published the "Top 10
Towns to Visit" list and Lewiston is included as one of the friendliest
places in America.  It was great to host Mike during his Rand
McNally/Travel Channel visit in June, and we look forward to seeing him
again! Thanks, Mike!
     Lewiston's popularity continues to grow across the nation as its charm
and quality of life attracts more visitors and people who want to move

Thank you to all the reenactors, from both sides of the border,
and Wendt's Propane for putting on a tremendous show.

     Thousands turned out to this year's Flames Through Lewiston event
to enjoy seeing all the action -- British redcoats, American soldiers,
natives, and of course the music, the muskets, and the fires from
Wendt's Propane!  The weather cooperated and it was a great night
commemorating Lewiston's history.  This was a 100% volunteer effort
and we want to thank all the volunteer reenactors and organizers for a
tremendous and spectacular evening.
     Here are the links to the videos and photographs that were taken that
night.  We thank local professional photographer Bill Carpenter, and his
crew, for the great shots.  We also thank the video photographers and
the press for the great coverage.

Professional pictures by DeCarr Photography:

Buffalo News article with picture:
Gazette front page article with photos:

Chris Budde Video

JAFERGarazzi Video

Lewiston Lions Club Video

Still Pictures from Sentinel (click on Flames Through Lewiston)

Sentinel Videos on YouTube

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New Lifetime Member Option - Easy Sign Up on PayPal

     Yes, it's Historical Association membership time -- a wonderful
opportunity to become a part of Lewiston's emergence as Western New
York's cultural centerpiece.

    Membership Options:
      Individual membership: $25 ($20 for seniors)  (may purchase one
      discounted ticket to the Tour of Homes)
      Family membership: $40 (may purchase two discounted tickets to
      the Tour of Homes)
      Patron membership:  $50 same as Family membership
      Business membership: $100 (includes four discounted tickets to
      the Tour of Homes)
      Lifetime Member, $150 ($250 for family)  (may purchase one
      discounted ticket to the Tour of Homes, two discounted tickets
      for family membership)

     HOW TO RENEW OR BECOME A MEMBER: The easiest way to join is to
use PayPal online here:
     Otherwise just send a check payable to: Historical Association
of Lewiston, PO Box 43, Lewiston, New York 14092
     Be sure to include your name, mailing address, email address,
and phone number.  You can also call up 716-754-4214 and charge your
membership over the phone.
     Either way, you'll know you're doing your part in preserving and
promoting Lewiston's rich heritage.  Thank you!

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