Fridays on the Frontier

Fridays on the Frontier is an interactive program for 4th and 7th graders sponsored by the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area. This hands-on education program immerses students in the events of the American Revolution on the New York frontier. Students experience British, American and Native American perspectives on the war.

The following are features of the program and interactive activities that students and educators can participate in:

-Pre-visit materials will be available on this website prior to your visit.  

-Students can view a pre-visit video on captive Jasper Parrish. Visit the Old Fort Niagara channel on YouTube to view the video, which is entitled "The Narrative of Jasper Parrish."

-Be recruited for the cause of liberty by soldiers of the Continental Army. 

-Learn the harrowing story of an American woman, Elizabeth Gilbert, who was captured by a Native war party and brought to Fort Niagara as a prisoner.

-View a musket demonstration and learn about 18th century battlefield technology.

-Engage in the infantry exercise. Students will use wooden muskets to follow the corporal's commands as he teaches them how soldiers were trained. 

-Learn the fine art of blacksmithing by viewing how iron objects were made and repaired at Fort Niagara.

-Experience the fine art of coopering and understand the importance of barrels, how they were made and how vital supplies were moved around the Great Lakes.

-Listen to popular tunes of the colonial period and learn how they regulated the soldier's day.

-Learn how joiners worked with wood to create furniture and other objects needed by Niagara's garrison.

-Bread was a staple of the colonial diet. See how bread was prepared in wood-fired ovens.

-Meet a member of the Indian Department and learn about his job recruiting Natives as British allies. 

-Artillery firing. Watch the soldiers load and fire a cannon.

-Learn about the lives of Native Americans who lived near the Fort.

Soldiers' Life: Visit a guard room and learn about the daily lives of common British soldiers. 

To register: contact Carrie LaFlair  (716) 745-7611 ext. 223 or

Sponsored by the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area. 

Did you know?

The flow over the American Falls was stopped completely for several months in 1969. The idea was to determine the feasibility of removing the large amount of loose rock from the base of the falls to enhance it's appearance. In the end the final decision was that the expense would be too great.

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