Old Fort Niagara is set to celebrate Women’s History Month with a brand-new program and special access to its sewing studio on March 21, from 2 to 3:30 pm, for “Fort Niagara’s Women of Distinction.” The program will feature four women from the fort’s past, each representing different time periods, ethnicities and socio-economic backgrounds, and wearing period-specific clothing currently being sewn in the fort’s sewing studio.
Fort interpreters will portray these women while their histories are narrated by fort researchers. Afterward, a tour of the studio will allow guests to see where all of the fort’s historic clothing is made.
The program will feature Madame Contrecoeur, wife of Fort Niagara’s commandant in New France in 1752; Isbella Graham, a British surgeon’s wife from the 1760s; Molly Brant, an influential Mohawk woman, in 1777; and Betsy Doyle from the War of 1812.
Refreshments will follow the presentation and attendees will be able to go behind the scenes to tour Old Fort Niagara’s sewing studio, where historically accurate clothing is made by skilled fort staff. Guests will also meet the dress designers and sewers and can ask questions about their processes.
The program will be held in the ballroom at the Fort Niagara Officers’ Club, located at 2 Scott Avenue, in Fort Niagara State Park.
Tickets to “Women of Distinction” will be available at the door and include the program, studio tour and general admission to Old Fort Niagara. Members of the Old Fort Niagara Association will benefit from free admission. General admission is $15 for adults, $10 for children ages 6-12, and free for children ages 5 and under.
More information about membership and Old Fort Niagara’s upcoming events and programs is available on their website.