North is Freedom, And We Rise, Fall Film Series, Coming Out Stories, History at Home and more.
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“North is Freedom” Exhibition accompanied by “And We Rise”
September 26, 2020 – January 10, 2021


North is Freedom
A Picture of Wilma Morrison
North is Freedom, a photographic exhibition created by celebrated photographer Yuri Dojc, will run in the Ontario Power Generation Gallery starting September 26, 2020 until January 10, 2021. Dojc describes this exhibit as a “photographic journey celebrating the descendants of freedom-seekers who escaped slavery in the United States in the years before the American Civil War”. Dojc is best known for his observational approach to the past. In North is Freedom, his work illustrates the capacity of art to convey a narrative that continues to touch us, now and into the future.


And We Rise
And We Rise - An exhibition that takes you to the day Niagara Falls United in a peaceful demonstration to break the banners of systemic racism. Sept. 26 -Jan. 10, JusticeForBlackLives
And We Rise, an exhibition co-created with Justice 4 Black Lives founder, Sherri Darlene, will run simultaneously in the Ontario Power Generation Gallery. Through the use of images and artefacts, this exhibition marks a historic day in our City, when more than 4000 people came together on June 6, 2020 for a peaceful demonstration to help break the barriers of systemic racism.


Museum Curator, Suzanne Moase states, “These two exhibitions shed a light on where we have been and where we need to go. Black history is a part of our shared past, we must reflect on and understand.  With this understanding comes a perspective on why the Justice 4 Black Lives and other movements started up in 2020 and may be seen as a defining moment of our time.”

COMING OUT STORIES: LINDA BURGESS
October 1, 2020 7:00 PM 

Headshot of LindaBurgess

Join Falynn Shaw as she hosts a series of events for LGBTQ+ and straight communities alike. Each night will feature a different special guest to share their personal coming-out story. Come be a part of these much needed conversations in the Niagara Region. All are welcome.

Linda Burgess, widely known as “Okie,” is a public speaker on indigenous topics where she utilizes her skills in humour and compassion to reach an audience. She is a proud, two-spirit Choctaw woman born and raised in the tiny town of Bokchito, Oklahoma. She encountered adversity from her Pentecostal preacher and peers for being two-spirit. She is well-known in the LGTB2S+ community and has shared her story in multiple platforms across the Niagara region. Priding on individualism and unity, she is an inspiration to many, a pillar in the community. Following her story, Linda will drum alongside the other members of the Strong Water Women.

Click on the Link to Register: https://niagarafalls.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ZPwb1VG-SWOlC_7C-eplNQ

NIAGARA PARKS COMMISSION: A HISTORY OF HERITAGE ALONG THE NIAGARA RIVER
October 8, 2020 7:00 PM

Niagara Parks Commission, A History of Heritage Along the Niagara River with Jim Hill, Senior Manager of Heritage at NiagaraParks

Since 1888, the Niagara Parks Commission has been responsible for maintaining the strip of land along the Niagara River.  Springing out of years of mass growth and unmanageable private interests, the NPC looked at creating a space that provides access to the River and the Falls, while maintaining the natural beauty of the space. 

This discussion with Jim Hill, Senior Manager of Heritage at Niagara Parks will look at the heritage properties that they manage and maintain.  Discussing the history, maintenance and stories behind the buildings, brick walls, fencing and people who have worked on this legacy.  We will also discuss the future of some of the properties and the challenges of maintaining this important landscape.

Click on the link to Register: https://niagarafalls.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_anc69CPFSUe5Xxqt1JMZeQ

INTERVIEW WITH BROOKE BLACKBURN
October 29, 2020 7:00 PM

Picture of Brooke Blackburn

Join us for an interview with Brooke Blackburn, the primary composer & guitar player of the Juno nominated, Rhythm & Blues band, Blackburn. We will explore the composition of his music; which touches on both the personal and collective experiences of the Black community. Brooke’s family history includes the heroic journey of freedom seekers travelling the path of the Underground Railroad from Kentucky to Owen Sound. His lineage also includes the notable veteran of the Toronto music scene – his father – Bobby Dean Blackburn; a pioneer of the Canadian Blues and Rock and Roll bands. Don’t miss you chance to explore his creative process and ask some questions.

 
Click on the Link to Register: https://niagarafalls.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_vTlBli4TR265cwxWpf-B2g

FALL FILM SERIES: HEROIC JOURNEYS – BLACK HISTORIES ON SCREEN
 

Bi-weekly the Museum will screen a pre-recorded Movie Matters Talk @ 7pm with Joan Nicks. She will explore the films sharing insights on narrative and documentary style, heroic characterization, and cultural meaning. We recommend screening the films from the comfort of your own home before tuning into Joan’s talk. See complete film series program for details:
https://niagarafallsmuseums.ca/pdf/heroic-journies-fall-2020-program.pdf (PDF)


October 8 @ 7pm 
Journey To Justice | Roger McTair, 2000

Poster for Remember Africville

Documentary on racism in Canada, and activists and leaders who fought against bigotry in small towns, the military, and government.
Remember Africville | Shelagh Mackenzie, 1991
Stunning archival photos and video document the lost Halifax community known as Africville.
 
Speak It! – From the Heart of Nova Scotia | Sylvia Hamilton, 1992
Black students protest racist graffiti, and call for local Black history in high school: “We need to know things they don’t teach … what’s missing in the curriculum.”

Options for Viewing: All films Rated PG and available to stream for free on NFB.ca
Link to Movie Matters Talk (video will drop on October 8 @ 7pm): https://youtu.be/-FpAHp-EM0c


October 22 @ 7pm
The Loving Story | Nancy Buirski, 2011, U.S. Rated PG

Picture of a man holding a woman's hand.

Drama-bio. An inter-racial couple become central figures in a case for social justice that reached the American Supreme Court.
Options for Viewing: NF & St. Catharines Public Library Loan, Rent on Amazon Prime ($3.99), Rent on Apple TV ($4.99)
Link to Movie Matters Talk (video will drop on October 22 @ 7pm): LINK TO COME SOON
 

History@Home: Bringing the Museum to you.

For those still hesitant to visit the museum in person, 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:

Queen Victoria Fountain: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ky1UH1UHmTA&list=PLE7KGhrwP1Qckr3BES175clIl9yHvVtRA&index=3

Lundy's Lane Battlefield Uniform Fragment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_0Nx0XLoeg&list=PLE7KGhrwP1Qckr3BES175clIl9yHvVtRA&index=2

Victorian Insect Art: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0LBCtc2qKQ&list=PLE7KGhrwP1Qckr3BES175clIl9yHvVtRA&index=1
 

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