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HISTORIC TOUR OF HOMES
This year's theme: "Christmas Cottages in the Country"
Date: December 7 & 8, 10am-5pm
Click here for more details: http://www.lewistonhometour.com/
The kickoff of the Christmas season starts in Lewiston on December 7 & 8
with this year's fabulous Lewiston Home Tour.
This could be another sell-out (only 2000 tickets are available) so get
your tickets now to make sure you get your chance to take it all in.
It's time to enjoy the sights and sounds of Lewiston's famous Christmas
Walk and Home Tour, while being wreathed in smiles and warm hospitality.
There are more things to do and see this year than ever before.
You can get your tickets online here:
Or you can get your tickets at all Wegmans locations, The Orange
Cat (703 Center St. Lewiston), The Village Bake Shoppe (417 Center St.)
and DiCamillo Bakery (535 Center St.)
SAVE THE DATE! DECEMBER 19 IN LEWISTON!
TUSCARORA HEROES MONUMENT UNVEILING
Construction at Portage & Center St. is complete
Historical Association's biggest project ever
Thousands expected to attend
The beautiful new bronze sculptures have been shrink-wrapped and
covered in protective canvas awaiting the dramatic unveiling on December
19 at 6:30pm at the corner of Portage Road and Center Street in
It's all about thanking our Tuscarora neighbors (for the first
time!) for saving the lives of dozens of Lewiston residents during the
War of 1812 British attack. Despite being outnumbered 30 to 1, the
brave Tuscaroras defended Lewiston and stopped the attack long enough
for the Lewiston survivors to escape. "A forgotten moment, in a
forgotten war, will never be forgotten again."
BE A PART OF HISTORY:
It's not too late to become a part of history! Dozens of local
residents, of all ages, will be participating as reenactors as they
portray Lewiston citizens running for their lives down Center Street as
part of the Flames the Lewiston program. Interested in joining them?
Prizes will be awarded to the best actors who can cry, scream and look
scared. For more information, call Claudia Carnes at 245-1308. She can
help you with advice on the appropriate clothing and tell you what you
can expect as we commemorate Lewiston's most important day in history.
TIPS TO HELP YOU ENJOY THE EVENT:
-- Dress warm. The event will take place regardless of the weather.
-- Best vantage point will be from the Subway sideway and parking lot.
Spectators must remain behind the Center St. curb. There will be areas
open to the public on Portage Road and near Hibbard's parking lot as
-- Interested in dining before, during, or after the program? Then you
are strongly advised to make reservations ASAP for Macri's Italian
Grille at 754-4500. Macri's is directly across the street from the
monument park. Center Street will be shut down at approximately 4:30pm,
so you will have to park on one of the side streets. Otherwise, you
will be stuck in the Macri's parking lot until the street opens again at
-- Want to own a valuable collectible? Then get your Tuscarora Heroes
book autographed by the Tuscarora chiefs, clan mothers, and sculptor
Susan Geissler. This will a rare moment when everyone is at the same
location at the same time. Rocco DelGrosso, the site contractor, and
Lee Simonson, the author, will also be there. Books will be available
at a table that evening ($10), but you're better off getting a book
ahead of time at DiCamillo's Bakery in Lewiston, or at the Lewiston
2013 FALL AND WINTER SCHEDULE
Community Calendar here:
Marble Orchard Ghost Walks (Saturdays, 7pm, thru October)
Dec. 7-8 Tour of Homes & Christmas Walk
Dec. 19 Tuscarora Heroes Monument Unveiling
TUSCARORA HEROES CONSTRUCTION STARTED THIS MORNING
Watch online webcams to see live progress here:
Unveiling December 19 at 6:30pm.
After four years of volunteer planning, organizing and fundraising,
things will be coming together very quickly for the Tuscarora
Heroes Monument project.
This is largest War of 1812 Bicentennial monument project in the
United States. The monument will stand in tribute to the Tuscarora
Nation for helping save the lives of dozens of local citizens during the
British invasion of 1813. No local tax dollars are being used and no
funds were solicited from native sources -- this is our gift to the
It will be exciting to see the progress on the monument
construction at the corner of Portage and Center Street. In fact,
you'll be able to see all the action online in real-time with the
installation of webcams, which also double as security monitors.
Big thanks to local businessman Jeff Williams for donating the
Internet connection to get us online!
VOLUNTEER REENACTORS NEEDED FOR UNVEILING CEREMONY
Shorter version of "Flames Through Lewiston" on tap for Dec. 19
Old and young welcomed to run down Center St. crying and screaming.
Interested? Reply to this email with your name and number.
For the past three years hundreds of volunteers have participated
in the spectacular and dramatic Flames Through Lewiston event. It was
all part of the preparation for this year's unveiling of the Tuscarora
Heroes Monument unveiling.
The monument will unveiled during this year's Flames re-enactment
that will depict Lewiston residents running for their lives from the
1813 British attack.
If you are interested in volunteering, please reply to this email
with your name and phone number. We'll get back to you with more info.
MORE TUSCARORA UPDATES
From the foundry -- watch a fascinating slide show on what's
happening at the Colorado bronze foundry.
See the recent AM Buffalo television interview here:
See the new historic Tuscarora Heroes placemat that will be on
Apple Granny tables soon: http://goo.gl/NDbBU3
*** 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:
NO HURRICANES, FOREST FIRES OR MUD SLIDES 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
LEWISTON'S NEW "GOOD LUCK" KEEPSAKE
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: http://goo.gl/Bn5Dc
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
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!
HISTORIC PLACEMAT HIGHLIGHTS MANSION
It's all about the spooky Starkweather Mansion that stood at Artpark
The eccentric Scovell/Starkweather family was the source of plenty of
stories, and the inspiration of the acclaimed Arsenic & Old Lace play and
movie. You can check out the placemat here:
Our continuing placemat series is made possible by our sponsors.
Thank you, Niagara's Choice Credit Union -- Al Frosolone and all of
the friendly associates there -- for sponsoring this placemat. You can
learn more about Niagara's Choice here: http://www.niagaraschoice.org/
If you are interested in getting your message out to a captive
audience of 12,000 local restaurant patrons a month, we'd love to have
you as a sponsor too. Just Reply to this email and we'll get right back
TUSCARORA HEROES PROJECT ON TRACK
We'll have some very exciting news shortly regarding the Tuscarora
Heroes Monument project, along with a way you can own a piece of the
monument. The unveiling is only 11 months away. Keep December 19,
2013, open -- you won't want to miss the ceremony.
Meanwhile, Youngstown artist, Susan Geissler is busy putting the
details on the "enlargements" that just arrived. You can see pictures of
her in her studio with the Tuscarora pieces here:
Stay tuned! Earliest announcements will be made on Facebook at:
If you go Facebook, be sure to "Like" us. Thank you!
GREAT LEWISTON SINGING AND FOOD!
Click here: http://goo.gl/jhsBN
Road Bro Mike Shubic's video on Lewiston has just been awarded
"Editor's Pick" by TripFilms! Congratulations Mike and congratulations
Lewiston! Check it out.
FLAMES THROUGH LEWISTON VIDEOS
The Flames event was a tremendous success. Over 40 military and
close to 100 civilian reenactors participated in the commemoration of
Lewiston's most important day in history when the British attacked the
village during the War of 1812.
This year, an abbreviated Flames reenactment will be presented during
the dedication and unveiling ceremony of the new Tuscarora Heroes Monument,
on December 19, 2013 -- the actual Bicentennial date of the rescue of local
citizens by the Tuscarora men. To learn more about the Tuscarora Heroes
project, click here: http://www.TuscaroraHeroes.com
Bob Johnson Video
"FROM THE MOUTH OF THE LOWER NIAGARA RIVER"
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
BATTLE OF QUEENSTON HEIGHTS PHOTOS AND VIDEOS
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
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)
The new Tuscarora Heroes Monument website is up and now you'll
be able to follow all the latest news surrounding Western New York's
largest 1812 Bicentennial project. Sculptor Susan Geissler is hard at
work during a months-long process of preparing models for the
ultimate bronzing. Stay tuned!
LEWISTON: TOP 10 TOWNS IN AMERICA TO VISIT THIS SUMMER!
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
THROUGH LEWISTON POSTER
This beautiful 16x20 inch poster vividly captures the excitement and
drama that took place during December's Flames Through Lewiston event,
depicting the British attack and burning of Lewiston on December 19, 1813.
Created by Lewiston professional photographer and Historical Association
volunteer, Bill Carpenter, the poster offers collectors a valuable keepsake
of Lewiston's most important day in history. It also includes photos of
the Tuscarora reenactors as they rescued Lewiston settlers from the vicious
Click here to see it along with ordering instructions:
SPECTACULAR FLAMES EVENT CAPTURED IN PHOTOS
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
Lewiston Lions Club Video
Still Pictures from Sentinel (click on Flames Through Lewiston)
Sentinel Videos on YouTube
Do you enjoy Historic Lewiston News? Maybe your friends would too. Feel
free to forward this newsletter. Better yet, just have your friends send
an email to: join@HistoricLewiston.org and we'll put them on the list.
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.
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: http://historiclewiston.org/gift.html
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!
by the Historical Association of Lewiston, New York