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AN EPIC EVENT YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS !
TUSCARORA HEROES MONUMENT UNVEILED ON THURSDAY
DEC. 19, DURING DRAMATIC REENACTMENT
- December 19, 6:30pm, Portage Road and Center Street
- Dramatic reenactment marks 200th Anniversary
- Thousands of spectators expected
- Biggest project in the history of the Historical Association
- Largest 1812 bicentennial monument project in U.S.
- National President of Daughters of 1812 will be in attendance
How to Get the Most out of this Historic Event
-- Dress warm. The event will take place regardless of the weather.
The actual Flames Through Lewiston reenactment will only take 12
minutes, so once the action starts, things will move very quickly. If
you have never experienced the Flames event, this could be your last
opportunity. Five large fires will be burning down the middle of Center
Street (thank you, Wendt's Propane!)
-- Bring your camera! This is a great photo opportunity for pros and
amateurs alike. There will be prizes for the best online and/or
submitted photos. More photo info below.
-- Stay behind the street curbs. (Please help us by reminding your
fellow spectators to stay behind the curb as well.) The event will
begin after some very brief comments from our sponsors.
-- The monument will be unveiled during the dramatic reenactment that
will include over 100 local citizens, invading British redcoats and
natives, American militiamen and the Tuscaroras.
-- Best vantage point will be from the Subway sidewalk and parking lot
at Portage and Center Street. Spectators must remain behind the Center
St. curb. There will be areas open to the public on Portage Road, next
to the sponsor's tent, and near Hibbard's parking lot as well. Best
parking will be on local side streets.
-- Looking for a place to warm up after the performance and unveiling?
The Lewiston Pub will be geared up and offering a full bar and dinner
menu. Same with Macri's Italian Grille. Both are right across the
street from the action. Center Street will be shut down at
approximately 4:30pm, so you will have to park on one of the side
streets. Limited access on Portage Road from Cayuga Street to Center.
-- The monument area will be opened to the public immediately after the
unveiling. Artist Susan Geissler will be there to greet visitors, along
with Tuscarora leaders, First Nations reenactors, and local officials.
Hint: If you want to get your Tuscarora Heroes book autographed
(available at DiCamillo's in Lewiston, or that evening, at the Lewiston
Pub across the street), this would be a great opportunity to do it and
get some great photos at the same time.
-- You'll want to get some special keepsakes to remember this
once-in-a-lifetime event. After the unveiling, there will be a table
inside the sponsor tent that will offer Tuscarora Heroes coins, the
Tuscarora Heroes book, coffee mugs, and other 1812 related items.
You can also get the new 2014 Historic Lewiston calendar. This
is a great to grab autographs for your book from the artist, author,
Tuscarora chiefs and council members and clan mothers.
CALL FOR CITIZEN ACTORS TO PORTRAY FLEEING RESIDENTS
Last chance to be a part of history in the making
If you can dress in your pajamas, wrap a blanket around yourself,
and look scared, you too, can be a part of history!
Dozens of local residents, of all ages, will be participating as
reenactors as they portray Lewiston citizens running for their lives
down Center Street as part of the Flames Through Lewiston program.
Interested in joining them? Prizes will be awarded to the best actors
who can cry, scream and look scared. We are also looking for more adults
who are willing to be injured (pretend, of course) by the enemy.
For more information, call Claudia Carnes at 245-1308. She can
help you with advice on the appropriate clothing and tell you what you
can expect as we commemorate Lewiston's most important day in history.
Or you can reply to this email and we'll send you more information.
We'd love to have you join us!
TUSCARORA HEROES DESCENDANTS WILL BE THERE
Descendants of survivors will be there too!
If you see someone in the crowd wearing a corn-husk pin on their
coat, be sure to say "Thank you!" He or she is a direct descendant of a
Tuscarora Hero! Amazingly, the Tuscarora Nation has never been
officially thanked for saving the lives of dozens of local residents and
this will be a great opportunity to let them know that we haven't
forgotten their friendship and guardianship.
Descendants of the survivors will also be in the crowd... Jeanne
Cooke Collins, from Colorado, is a descendant of the Cooke family who
was saved by the Tuscaroras. She will be the spokesperson for the
PHOTOGRAPHERS ON THE STREET MUST HAVE PASSES
Photographic contest for best still and video photography
Just like last year's Flames event, everyone will be asked to stay
behind the street curbs to avoid interfering with the reenactment and to
keep a safe distance from the musket fire.
However, if you are a photographer and are interested in being on the
street, you'll need a special photographer's pass. You can obtain one
by calling Pam Hauth at the Lewiston Museum at 754-4214. Otherwise,
you can grab your shots from the area reserved for the public.
Best location? Directly across the street from the monument itself
in the Subway parking lot. You might want to bring a step-stool or
small ladder to get above the crowd for a better view. We ask that
all the photographers position themselves discreetly in a way to
avoid interfering with the view of spectators and other photographers.
The climatic unveiling will occur approximately 11 minutes after
the music starts. Three spotlights will be turned on sequentially
moments before the unveiling.
To participate in the photography contest, please email your top
3-5 photos to us at editor(at)historiclewiston.org. You keep the rights
to your photos, but please know that we may use them for publication
purposes. You can also post them online and provide us the link to see
If you are participating in the video contest, just upload your
video to YouTube and make sure the beginning of the title says,
"Tuscarora Heroes Monument, 2013." Then email the link to
editor(at)historiclewiston.org. Videos must be posted by December 29,
ten days after the event.
CAN'T BE THERE?
You'll be able to hear everything on the phone
And watch online too!
It's the next best thing to being there. At 6:30pm (Eastern) you
can call 1-206-402-0821 and put in passcode 775-5327#. You can listen
to everything that's going on.
While you are listening, you can also watch the monument being
unveiled by viewing the live webcams (they update every few seconds)
(Unfortunately, you won't be able to see the reenactment on the
street because of the way the webcams are pointed.)
TUSCARORA HEROES STAMPS PRINTED
Extremely limited supply of commemorative stamps
We thought you would be interested in seeing the new Tuscarora
Heroes stamps which can be used for real postage. Just 500 stamps (25
sheets) have been printed for commemorative purposes. Only 40
bicentennial "first-day covers" will be produced that include the U.S.
Post Office cancellation, "December 19, 2013, Lewiston, NY, 14092."
While the vast majority of these stamps have been reserved for
purchase by volunteers and sponsors, there is a chance that some might
be offered to the public. If you are interested in getting your name on
a list if some become available for sale or auction, please call the
Lewiston Museum at 716-754-4214.
*** AWESOME VIDEO ***
See Niagara Falls like you've never seen it before -- from a
small drone helicopter. This was posted in July and has been viewed
more than 1.2 million times! Click here:
NO HURRICANES, FOREST FIRES OR MUD SLIDES HERE
Yes, we have our share of snow, but for the most part, Western New
York is immune from the kinds of natural disasters that wreak havoc with
other sections of the country.
In fact, we live in one of the safest regions -- the 4th safest in
the U.S. You might interested in learning about the Top 10 Safest
LEWISTON'S NEW "GOOD LUCK" KEEPSAKE
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!
Do you remember Lewiston's slogan from the 1960s?
"Progressively proud. Historically endowed."
Charles Foss (Jackie Sutherland's dad) won the slogan contest!
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
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
"FROM 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
BATTLE 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)
LEWISTON: 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
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
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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