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New Review Tuesday ~ Tales from the Gift Shop

Take Time to Remember Your Dreams

As the days of summer come along perhaps you will soon be able to sleep in or enjoy a nap and finally take the time to dream. The dream catcher is believed to have the power to catch all of a person’s dreams, trapping the bad ones, and letting only the good dreams pass through the dream catcher. We have a wide selection of dream catchers in the museum gift shop; handcrafted in Canada by Monague Native Crafts Limited which is 100% Indigenous owned. Come and find the one that speaks to your dreams.
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Agnes Willick was the longest serving teacher at Willoughby S.S. #2 and was beloved by her students #MuseumWeek #WomenMW Visit the Willoughby Historical Museum for more on the rural history of Niagara Falls.
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#ThrowbackThursday
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Sidney Barnett Climbs the Ice Mountain

Here is part of a drawing by Sidney Barnett of the ice bridge of 1856, published in the March 22, 1856 issue of Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper. Sidney’s own accounting of a moonlight climb to the top of the mound of snow, ice and rock is as follows:
“I next went down to the ice bridge and across, then toiled up that huge mound of ice by the ferry stairs – which you had in a former daylight snow in a winter moonlight view – which, like the marble mausoleum of some eastern prince rose, solemnly grand nearly to the top of the falls; the moon which now rode high in the heavens shed a glorious sheen over the whole. Up that steep ascent I climb nearly to the top and there, O Heavens, was there ever such a sight before!” Imagine the view he would have beheld long ago in the days before water diversion and ice booms when the water flow and the ice floe were at their peaks!

Visit SNOW, now on exhibit from the Museum of History.
https://niagarafallsmuseums.ca/
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Throwback Thursday
Stereoscope L2001.P.048: Ice Grove at Niagara Falls, ca 1860

In the Illustrated Guide to Niagara Falls, 1842, the writer ascribes a jewel-like quality to the Falls and their surroundings in winter:

“..., O, how magnificent! The grass is turned to pearl, the forest to coral, the foliage to crystal [sic], yet the falling and freezing spray. Rocks of glass, columns of alabaster, trees of coral, and the rainbows resting upon the crystal branches, and nestling among the diamond twigs and tendrils!

… Groves of spar bending beneath a weight of brilliants, in all the blazonry of splendour, allure and dazzle the eye; and, stirred by the wind, rain down upon the alabaster earth showers of emerald, amethyst, topaz, and other precious stones, glistening in the sunlight, and still shining where they fall…”

SNOW the exhibition opens today at the Niagara Falls History Museum. This exhibition portrays the amazing love-hate relationship that the inhabitants of this great land have had with snow since the arrival of the First Peoples in North America. Created by the Canadian Museum of History in partnership with the J. Armand Bombardier Museum, Snow gives visitors a historical and cultural perspective on this element of nature as a source of adaptation, passion, ingenuity and creativity.
www.niagarafallsmuseums.ca
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Reveal! Last Hot Shot for 2016! The song Auld Lang Syne is featured in this booklet, simply titled “Happy New Year to All; 1913”, Auld Lang Syne (pronounced “Zine”) is attributed to Robbie Burns from 1788, even though he admitted that he had only been the first to write it down; he sent the written song to the Scots Musical Museum for publication. This part of the song focuses on the importance of relationships made in the past and a hopeful anticipation for the future. Although the song is used to bring in the New Year, it was not written by Robbie, nor originally sung, for New Years. Wishing for all us a Happy New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, and the best for relations and the best for 2017!
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Saturday Pop Quiz Hot Shot! Does anyone know the rest of this poem? It reads like a broken record.
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From 1912 - sentiments remain the same. #niagarafalls
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"Don't Read This If You Ate A Woodpecker: The Scrapbook Paintings" exhibition by Melanie MacDonald is now open
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It's not here yet - but it is coming in January #snow the exhibition that is from @CanMusHistory
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The Scrapbook Paintings exhibition by Melanie MacDonald is now open
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