History and ghostly tales coming to 3-part Old Fort Erie speakers series

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Published April 6, 2022 at 1:35 pm

Old Fort Erie (Photo: Niagara Parks)

Three different speakers, all with vastly different experiences at Old Fort Erie, will share their unique interpretation of their time at the Fort and how it ultimately impacted their experiences, studies, papers, dissertations and doctorates.

The good new is the Niagara Parks hosted three-part virtual speaker series will see sessions feature a different topic and reveal fascinating stories from Canadian history that people likely haven’t come across before… including ghosts.

Starting on April 20th will be global adventurer and bestselling author Adam Shoalts, an explorer-in-residence with the Royal Canadian Geographical Society whose journey has taken him from the jungles of the Amazon to the tundra of the High Arctic.

Following Shoalts is Niagara Region historian Jesse Abbott and then finally Supervisor of Historical Services at the City of St Catharines Kathleen Powell to conclude the series.

Topics include everything from ghostly tales to forgotten historical events and iconic publications from the War of 1812.

Fort Erie was, of course, the site of the bloodiest battles during the War of 1812. The fort was unfinished when the United States declared war on June 18, 1812. Part of the garrison of Fort Erie fought at the Battle of Frenchman’s Creek against an American attack in November 1812.

In 1813, Fort Erie was held for a period by U.S. forces and then abandoned on June 9, 1813. The fort had been partially dismantled by the small garrison of British troops and Canadaian Militia as they withdrew.

The fort and surrounding battlefield are now owned and operated by the Niagara Parks Commission.

Over the next three months, the speakers will hold their speakers series on the following date.

  • April 20: Dr. Adam Shoalts, The Whisper on the Night Wind, Investigating the Mystery of Traverspine
  • May 11: Jesse Abbott, Soldiers on the Niagara Frontier
  • June 8: Kathleen Powell, Exploring Mrs. Beeton’s Book of Household Management

Additional event details and tickets are available at www.niagaraparks.com/beyond.

Tickets are $15 per event, with access to all three events available for $35. All sessions will begin at 7:00 p.m. and will be hosted on Zoom.


From left, Dr. Adam Shoalts, Jesse Abbott and Kathleen Powell will each host a different virtual event on the history of Old Fort Erie over the next three months.

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