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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!
FIRST LOOK AT 2013 FESTIVAL AND EVENT LINE UP
"There's always something happening in Lewiston!"
The following is a small list of the the activities, programs and
festivals this year. There are literally hundreds of things going on in
Lewiston and surrounding communities. Your best bet is to check the
community calendar at the Chamber of Commerce website here:
ArtPark Summer Programs:
Art Council Summer Programs:
April 12-14 Taste of the Trail http://www.niagarawinetrail.org/
May 3 Smelt Festival
May 31-June 1 PubFest (for Variety Telethon)
June 8-9 Tour of Kitchens http://www.tourofkitchens.net/
June 22-23 GardenFest
June 26 Historical Association Annual Celebration
July 12 Summer of '69
July 14 Lewiston Museum: Historical Happenings (1-4pm)
July 24-27 Porter Cup Golf Tournament http://www.portercup.com/
July 27-28 Sanborn Farm Museum Festival
Aug. 10-11 Art Festival http://www.artcouncil.org/
Aug. 18 Heenan Bros. Concert, Gazebo (1-3pm)
Aug. 23-24 Jazz Festival http://www.lewistonjazz.com/
Sept. 6-8 Kiwanis Peach Festival
Sept. 28-29 Harvest Festival
Dec. 7-8 Tour of Homes
Dec. 19 Tuscarora Heroes Monument Unveiling
NOTE: Tour of Kitchen tickets are available at all Wegman's starting on
Do you remember Lewiston's slogan from the 1960s?
"Progressively proud. Historically endowed."
Charles Foss (Jackie Sutherland's dad) won the slogan contest!
HUSKEY, "THE UNFORGOTTEN SAILOR"
by Catherine Emerson, Niagara County Historian
Barton Hill Hotel, 100 Center Street, Lewiston, NY
Monday, March 25, 6:30pm
Free -- everyone is invited!
Michael Huskey was approved for our nation’s highest military honor
for valor in a battle in Mississippi in 1863. He died the following year
in a Memphis hospital and never received his Medal of Honor.
Find out more about this amazing local story and the Niagara County
Historian’s Office efforts to honor a true American hero.
Please join us on Monday, March 25th at 6:30pm at the Barton Hill
Hotel in Lewiston.
This FREE event is open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
...Lewiston's tall ship, the Black Pearl, will begin its 2013 season
with a 3-hour Sunset Cruise to Lake Ontario and back on Friday, May 24.
The ship leaves the Lewiston dock (below the Silo Restaurant on N. Water
Street) at 6pm. Call 877-754-1812 for reservations.
The Black Pearl will offer both 1-hour ($35) and 3-hour ($75)
cruises this year and will be sailing on Tuesday and Friday evenings, and
weekends starting at noon. For a complete schedule and more info, click
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
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
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)
TUSCARORA HEROES MONUMENT
The new Tuscarora Heroes Monument website is up and now
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!
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
THANK YOU, CHRIS CASTELLANI OF SUPERMARKET LIQUORS
Shout-out to area benefactor for long time generosity
We've always been grateful for the generous support we've received
from one of our area's leading businessmen. Chris Castellani's reputation
as a community booster is known far and wide, and he has made his mark in
helping scores of organizations and local causes. In fact, the Historical
Association has awarded him the prestigious Nelson Cornell Award for his
long time sponsorship of our signature Tour of Homes.
Just recently, he took out a full page ad in the Gazette saluting the
volunteers of the Historical Association for their 1812 Bicentennial
efforts, and backed up his accolades with a surprising donation of $1812,
along with strengthening his support for the Tour of Homes.
All the volunteers wish to express their deepest appreciation to Mr.
Castellani for his continued support in fostering a quality of life in this
area that we can all be proud of. Thank you, Mr. Castellani!
NEW 1812 CAR / WINDOW STICKER
Decal shows pride and only costs $2
A mini-fundraiser to help with 1812 events
Displaying the new 1812 sticker on your car or window is a great way
to spread the word about our Western New York and Lewiston heritage.
Frankly, most people have very little understanding about the War of 1812
and how Western New York was on the front lines of this bitter battle
between England and the fledgling United States. The first major battle of
the War was fought here when American troops invaded Canada and killed
British General Brock at Queenston Heights. Later, the British invaded the
U.S., captured Fort Niagara, and stormed through Lewiston and Western NY,
burning everything to the ground. More residents would have been killed
had it not been for the bravery shown by the Tuscarora natives that enabled
local citizens to escape in the dead of winter.
Enthusiasm for our 1812 events and programs is growing by leaps and
bounds and dozens of volunteers have already stepped up to the plate to
pitch in. If you're interested in lending a hand, send an email to:
SOME RECENT NEWS ARTICLES YOU MAY HAVE MISSED
Buffalo News article on Mudballer letter:
Sentinel article on Mudballer presentation:
BATTLE OF QUEENSTON HEIGHTS COMMEMORATIVE COIN
SPECTACULAR COMMEMORATIVE COIN JUST RELEASED
You won't believe it, but orders for this coin started pouring in
before people even saw it.
The Battle of Queenston Heights Bicentennial coin has finally been
revealed and you can see it for the first time online. It has exceeded
everyone's expectations and folks are raving about the design, colors and
powerful message it represents about the United States and Canada --
"Commemorating the War, Celebrating the Peace" says it all!
The Lewiston Museum now has these in stock and we are limiting
purchases to 5 coins per order. This highly collectible "challenge coin"
will be sought after by 1812 enthusiasts in both the U.S. and Canada, and
features the Star Spangled Banner and British Union Jack, Lewiston &
Queenston, and the image from the iconic painting of mortally wounded
General Brock urging his troops onward. Getting this valued keepsake,
along with an 1812 flag, is one of the best ways you can support our
ongoing 1812 efforts.
Click here to see it and for ordering instructions:
If you can't see that link for some reason, just call 716-754-4214 for
FLAMES 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
NEW 1st LEWISTON MILITIA REENACTMENT UNIT FORMED
Those interested in getting into the reenactment hobby are welcomed.
John Stewart of Niagara Falls, a long time military reenactor, has
announced the creation of a new unit that will be called the 1st
Lewiston Militia, that will add color, and history, to our 1812 Bicentennial.
If you have ever thought about getting involved in reenacting as a
hobby, this is a great opportunity to make new friends and experience
first hand how the farmers, merchants and craftsmen, came together
200 years ago to fight for our new country.
So whether you are a beginner, or an experienced reenactor
looking for a new group to join, now is the time to sign up and become
a part of the 1st Lewiston Militia.
You can email John at: js2art at aol.com (just use the @ sign
in place of the word "at") or give him a call at 716-990-9565. He
will be glad to hear from you and he'll get you on a contact list to
inform you of where and when the first organizational meeting will
be held. And if you think you can assist the group, anything you can
bring to the table will be welcomed.
LEWISTON TEENS FIRE CANNON BALLS MADE OUT OF MUD
First shot in the War of 1812 scares British war ship
Our new placemat, which will be distributed at Apple Granny and Tommy
George's, features an excerpt from a 1906 book that discusses the
true-story adventures of a small group of Lewiston teens who made a
homemade cannon and shot cannon mudballs at a passing British war ship.
It's a fascinating story and one of the many 1812 incidents that
occurred here that will focus more attention on Lewiston during our
forthcoming 1812 Bicentennial.
You can check out the new placemat online by clicking here:
Thank you to our sponsor, M&T Bank and Beth Donner, for making this
possible. If you are interested in sponsoring a future placemat (about
10,000 distributed each month) just reply to this email and we can send you
details. There is only one advertising space available on each placemat.
And... we've learned that a Rochester historian has a copy of a letter
that was written in 1865 by the Mudball ringleader. Chances look good that
we'll be able to host him here in Lewiston for our March or April program
where he will discuss the letter and donate a copy to our Museum. A
tremendous piece of Lewiston history, coming home!
TIM HENDERSON UNEARTHS LOST TREASURE, AGAIN!
Super-sleuth Tim comes up with a new historical gem every month
A fascinating, and graphic, news article has been discovered that
sheds more light on the aftermath of the Bristish attack on Lewiston during
the War of 1812. The report focuses on the murder of Dr. Molly, a
physician from Eleven Mile Creek (Wilson, NY) who came to Lewiston after
the attack to try to help the sick and wounded. However, he was met by the
British and bayoneted.
You can see the actual 1814 newspaper here and read the entire
If you think it's too small to read, you can click on the little
magnifying glass (it has the + sign in the middle) on the upper right to
make it bigger. Tim says he only paid $18 for this treasure that is now an
important part of our community's history.
What does Mr. Henderson have in store for us next? Keep diggin' Tim!
HENDERSON DISCOVERS PHOTO
1861: Earliest photo of Lewiston dock ever found
Historical Association Tim Henderson has discovered, and acquired, the
earliest known photograph of the Lewiston dock. It is in a stereoscopic
format and was taken by famous 19th Century photographer, Deloss Barnum.
As soon as Tim saw it on eBay, he jumped at the chance to get it. For
the whooping price of $19.95 (and free shipping), Tim was able to secure an
important photograph of Lewiston's river history.
"It was great find on eBay, even though its been around for over 150
years. The photograph itself probably took days to reproduce with chemicals
and to print in 1861. I got it in the mail the next day and uploaded it to
the Internet within an hour. Times sure have changed!"
Congratulations and thank you to eagle-eye Henderson!
You check it out here:
Here is a close up of that shows you the name of the ship, New York,
and a little of its Civil War history.
LEWISTON FEATURED ON CHANNEL 2
Birth of the Cocktail and Freedom Crossing Hit the Airwaves
In case you missed it on TV, here are the videos of the two stories
which WGRZ-TV featured on its news this past month. You can go to
these websites and click on the videos in the upper right.
Unknown Stories: House With 4 Cellars
Lewiston, NY: Birthplace of the Cocktail
GET YOUR STAR SPANGLED BANNER FLAG TODAY
FOR SALE: 1812 15-star Star Spangled Banner Flag
Show Your Historic Colors!
The 1812 Bicentennial is just around the corner, so get your Star Spangled Banner today.
You can get your 3x5 foot 1812 flag (nylon) for only $15 by calling us at the Museum at 716-754-4214 and charging your purchase over the phone, or to make arrangements to pick one up at the Museum. (Let us know if you want the more expensive cotton variety, or the huge 8x5 foot size.)
This is an ongoing promotion, so be proud of Lewiston's 1812 heritage and start displaying your historic colors today!
3 x 5 foot nylon 1812 flag: $15
3 x 5 foot cotton 1812 flag: $65
5 x 8 foot nylon flag: $80 (Temporary price. Will be $100 soon.)
"TUSCARORA HEROES" PROJECT ANNOUNCED
New Book Published -- Monument Proposed
Untold Heroism Brought to Light
The wheels have been set in motion, and Lewiston -- and indeed, the United States -- will be giving our local Tuscarora neighbors a big thank you during the Bicentennial of the War of 1812. Thanks to the publication of the new book, Tuscarora Heroes, by volunteer Lee Simonson, the story of how the Tuscaroras saved dozens of lives during the British attack on Lewiston on December 19, 1813, will never be forgotten.
Books are available by calling the Museum at 716-754-4214, or at the Book Corner in Niagara Falls. Here are couple of newspaper links and some pictures of the April 22 press conference at the Museum that were taken by Bill Carpenter.
Niagara Gazette article:
Buffalo News article:
Concept design for new Tuscarora Heroes Monument by Susan Geissler:
Bill Carpenter's photographs (thanks, Bill!)
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