YOUNGSTOWN – Youngstown farmer Tom Tower will discuss how agriculture has changed over the years when he addresses the Town of Porter Historical Society at 7 p.m. Monday in the Cora Gushee Room of the Youngstown Civic Center, 240 Lockport St.
The public is invited to this free meeting.
The Historical Society offers these programs at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of each month except for December, and they are usually held in the Youngstown Civic Center.
The October program will feature a dinner and tour of the Peter Porter house in Niagara Falls, now home to the Tattler Club, with a program by Ellen Joseph.
Artist Susan Geissler is on tap for the November meeting back at the Youngstown Civic Center, where she will discuss her most recent sculptures.
Robert Emerson, executive director of Old Fort Niagara, will address the society in January at the Civic Center with a program on the 250th anniversary of Pontiac’s Rebellion. Historian and genealogist Dana Saylor will present a history of the Rumsey family at the February meeting.
Don Glynn will talk about the “Daredevils of Niagara Falls” in March. The April program focuses on the history of the Twentieth Century Club by Judith Johannson.
Paul Marrone, a retired Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory scientist, will discuss “Space – the Final Frontier” in May.
The annual meeting and final program of the season, scheduled for June, will feature a demonstration of 17th century dancing provided by the Old Fort Niagara Dance Company under the direction of Jere Brubaker.
Donna Huggins is the program chairwoman for the society.
The society also announces the opening of a new exhibit that contains memorabilia from the town’s recent bicentennial, including a signature quilt created by Nancy Harbison, of Ransomville, and a flag that flew over the U.S. Capitol. The new exhibit also features numerous photographs of the bicentennial events staged at Porter on the Lake Park.
Visitors are always welcome to tour the museum on the second floor of the Civic Center, which is open from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, or by appointment by calling 745-1271.
The museum contains four rooms filled with objects reflecting the town’s past, as well as a room devoted to genealogical research.