Books & Guides

All of these are excellent books about Lewiston, NY, and are generally available at the sources mentioned.

Tuscarora Heroes
by Lee Simonson

Published 2010 by Historical Association of Lewiston, Inc.
ISBN: 978-1-932583-23-6
Available from the Historical Association of Lewiston for $12, includes postage
PO Box 43, Lewiston, NY  14092
(You can get a digital version for Kindle and other devices for $7.95
at Amazon by clicking here: )

From the Mouth of the Lower Niagara River
Stories of Four Historic Communities
Lewiston authors – Michelle Kratts and Teresa Sharp Donaldson
Youngstown authors – Gretchen and Dennis Duling, Karen Noonan, and Toby Jewett
Queenston author – Linda Fritz
Niagara-on-the-Lake authors – Jim Reynolds and Jim Smith
Published 2012 by Historical Association of Lewiston
ISBN: 978-0-615-69306-4
Available at the Lewiston Museum, 469 Plain Street, Lewiston, NY, phone 716-754-4214
Niagara Historical Society & Museum, 43 Castlereagh Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON, phone 905-468-3912
Town of Porter Historical Society & Museum, 240 Lockport Street, Youngstown, NY, phone 716-745-1271
Price $19.95 plus local tax and shipping.  Please call for details or to arrange a Meet the Authors event.

The Journey of the French Coat
From Fort Niagara to the Our House Tavern
by Gretchen A. Duling, Ph.D.
Published 2013
ISBN: 978-0-615-75970-8
Available at the Lewiston Museum, 469 Plain Street, P.O. Box 43, Lewiston, NY
Price $11 including tax

Lewiston:  Images of America
by Suzanne Simon Dietz
Published 2006 by: Arcadia
ISBN: 0-7385-4461-2
Available from Historical Association of Lewiston for $24, includes postage,
PO Box 43, Lewiston, NY 14092)

Lewiston: Crown Jewel of Niagara
by Margaret S. Laurie
Published 2001 by: The Book Corner, Inc.
1801 Main Street, Niagara Falls, NY 14305  Phone: (716) 285-2928
ISBN: 5-9711153-3-2

Freedom Crossing
by Margaret Goff Clark
Reissued 1991 by: Scholastic Paperbacks
ISBN: 0590445693
You can see and review the book here:
Also available from the Lewiston Museum for $6 ($8 including postage.)

Too Close to the Falls
by Catherine Gildiner
Published 2002 by: Penguin
ISBN:  014200040X
Available here:

A Very Brilliant Affair, The Battle of Queenston Heights, 1812
by Robert Malcomson
Published 2003 by: Naval Institute Press
ISBN:  1591140226
Available here:

Lewiston, A Self-Guided Tour
by Barbara Hill, Janet Domzella, Kenneth Tracy
Published 1986 by: Friends of the Lewiston Library, Inc.
Available from the Lewiston Museum for $12, including postage.

A Guide to Historic Lewiston New York
Written and illustrated by: Diana Jane Smith
Available at Lewiston Museum, Free

Under the Mountain
by Margaret Robson
Published 1958 by: Henry Stewart, Inc.
Buffalo, NY
Library of Congress: 58-14007
This is an extremely rare book and difficult to obtain.  Prices on the open
market can range anywhere from $20 to over $100.  You may be able to
find one online at Amazon from a third party book dealer at
this link (you’ll have to check back periodically):

The Bright Mason: An American Mystery (Paperback)
by Robert Berry
Published 2008 by:
ISBN: 160145533X
This is the story of William Morgan, the Mason who was last seen in Lewiston, NY.
The book is available here:

The Devil’s Hole Massacre
by Edward W. Aherns
Published 2004 by: Rissa Productions
ISBN: 0-9747271-0-5
Available here:

A Back Number Town: Lewiston, New York
Text and Illustrations by Frank Raymond Rossell
Originally Published in 1891 by:  The Courier Co. Buffalo, NY
Republished in 1984 by:  The Edwin Mellen Press, Lewiston, NY
ISBN: 0889460256
The Museum has one original copy. The republished version is available online,
with market values of $80+.  You can generally find one from a third party Amazon dealer

Lewiston Sesquicentennial (1822-1972)
This is a 104-page soft cover book (Red cover) that was published by the Village
of Lewiston as part of the 150th Anniversary celebration in 1972.  It contains
an excellent history of Lewiston and contains details about many events and
people that cannot be found elsewhere, particularly the subject involving the
Burning of Lewiston in December of 1813.  A very limited number of original
books are available and the Museum holds the last supply.  They are available
for $40 (includes postage.)

From Seneca Slave to Indian Chief: The Story of Horatio Jones
by Dr. Saverio Bruni
Published 1974 by: Newark Publishers
Niagara on the Lake, Ontario, Canada
Library of Congress: 74-24570
Available from the Lewiston Museum for $3 ($4.50 with postage.)