Canadian History Comes to Life at 2014 Heritage Fair

Students at the District School Board of Niagara will be taking a look back through time next week at the annual DSBN Heritage Fair being held at Old Fort Erie from May 5-6.

Over 60 student projects celebrating the many different aspects of Canadian history will be on display. Students from Grades four to eight from across Niagara competed at school level fairs to qualify for the regional fair.

The Heritage Fairs program encourages students to explore Canadian history in a hands-on learning environment. Students use the medium of their choice to tell stories about Canadian heroes, legends, milestones and achievements. This year’s Fair will celebrate the 200th anniversary of Old Fort Erie.

In addition to the Fair, students will immerse themselves in the history of Old Fort Erie by visiting the interactive display inside the museum, watching a film about the fort and having a special one hour guided tour of the fort.

“Niagara is a region with a rich history and there are many stories just waiting to be told,” says Blair Janzen, DSBN Curriculum Consultant. “Students have worked hard to prepare these projects and uncover details of some of the most gripping events in local and national history. Some students have also chosen to look at the traditions and historical significance within their own families.” 

Janzen adds that participating in the Heritage Fairs program is an excellent way for students to explore Canadian history and develop effective research skills. “Preparing and presenting these projects also allows students to develop essential oral, written and visual literacy skills,” says Janzen.

From the Board wide Fair, three students will be selected to present at the provincial event taking place in Toronto from June 14-15.

Event Details:

Date:               May 6, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Tour of Old Fort Erie begins at 1:00 p.m.               

Location:        Old Fort Erie, 350 Lakeshore Road, Fort Erie