The Niagara Falls National Heritage Area is one of 49 National Heritage Areas in the United States. Designated by the United States Congress in 2008, its mission is to preserve, protect and promote the historic, natural and cultural resources of the area stretching from Niagara Falls to Old Fort Niagara in Youngstown, New York. In August of 2012, Congress approved the Management Plan for the National Heritage Area. The National Heritage Area has been following the early-action recommendations in the Management Plan which include establishing a small grant program, building partnerships, developing educational programs and an interpretive plan for the National Heritage Area.
National Heritage Area’s are the keepers of America’s story. New York State is home to four National Heritage Area’s; Niagara Falls National Heritage Area, Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership.Read More...
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The flow of water was stopped completely over both falls on March 29th 1848 due to an ice jam in the upper river for several hours. This is the only known time to have occurred. The Falls did not actually freeze over, but the flow was stopped to the point where people actually walked out and recovered artifacts from the riverbed!