Poppy Project, Spanish Flu, Scherenschnitte and History @ Home.
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Special Announcement:

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Niagara Falls History Museum remains closed until further notice. 


The Poppy Project 

Picture of Poppies on a wall

The Poppy Project is a collaborative community art project by the Niagara Falls History Museum in conjunction with Stick'N Needles Guild. The Museum needs your help to create a large scale installation of knit and crochet poppies to drape over the exterior of the Museum for Remembrance Day. The public is asked to create these poppies at home or at the Museum at regularly scheduled events throughout 2020.

  • June 23, 2020 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • July 28, 2020 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • August 25, 2020 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • September 22, 2020 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Members of the Stick’N Needles Guild will be on hand to help participants with the poppy patterns. Coffee, tea and yarn will be provided at these events, but please bring your own needles or hook if you have them.

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The Spanish Influenza

The Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918 here and abroad

 When your eyes begin to water
and your nose turns blue,
if your lips begin to quiver,
then you've got the Spanish Flu.

Just as World War I, the “War to End All Wars”, was coming to an end in 1918, another previously unknown killer, more destructive than all the four years of the war itself, was raging worldwide. To get an idea of the virulence of this new killer compared to World War I:   The war lasted four years.  The total number of military and civilian casualties in World War I itself was more than 41 million: there were over 18 million deaths and 23 million wounded, ranking World War I among the deadliest conflicts in human history. The total number of deaths includes about 11 million military personnel and about 7 million civilians.

By comparison, the so-called Spanish Influenza, the deadliest pandemic in modern history,  claimed more victims in a few months than the war did in four years.  The epidemic involved three waves of the disease, the most deadly being the second.  All three waves were over within a period of twelve months in any one country.  The Flu infected an estimated 500 million people worldwide–about one-third of the planet’s population at the time.  The 1918 flu is estimated to have killed between 20 million and 50 million people, but not all deaths would have been reported.  Many countries kept no medical statistics for flu, and in some places physicians were not required to report influenza cases to their boards of health.  New estimates suggest that the death toll may have been as high as 100 million people.  Fatality rates were more than 2.5%, compared to less than 0.1% in other influenza epidemics.  

For the concluding part of this article, please click on the link below:

The Spanish Flu


Picture of a paper scherenschnitte.

This memorial to Matthias J. Haun was handed down to his great-granddaughter who donated the piece to the Willoughby Historical Museum, now part of the City of Niagara Falls Museums. In life Matthias operated a flour mill on the west side of Stevensville. A grinding stone from the mill is now displayed in front of Stevensville Memorial Hall. Matthias and wife Ann Buchman rest in a family plot on the land they called home. 

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History@Home: Bringing the Museum to you.

Since you are unable to visit the museum right now, we have decided to bring the museum to you. Here are links to some new videos on our Youtube channel, designed to tell you more about some of the artifacts in our collection and the history of our famous City. Click on the links below to enjoy the videos:

Canadian Shredded Wheat Baseball Uniform: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVxv66kR7f8

Snake Walking Stick: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSA6UmkIHUM

Souvenirs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUfdpkLEiDg 

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