(Niagara At Large is pleased to share with our readers the following media release from the Niagara Parks Commission in Ontario on pubic tours of the Mackenzie Printery and Newspaper Museum as we approach the ‘Simcoe Days’ civic holiday weekend from July 30 through August 1.)
Queenston, Ontario – Visit Niagara’s best hands-on museum in the beautiful village of Queenston over the Civic Holiday long weekend and learn how the nation’s oldest printing press helped John Graves Simcoe shape the province of Upper Canada. The Niagara Parks Commission’s (NPC) Mackenzie Printery and Newspaper Museum is pleased to host Simcoe Days from July 30 – August 1, 2011.
Celebrate the Civic Holiday, also known as ‘Simcoe Day’, or ‘Emancipation Day’ in the African Canadian community, which honours the first Lieutenant Governor of this province. See the oldest wooden press in Canada, where Louis Roy printed some of the first government documents produced in Upper Canada, including laws such as the Emancipation Act of 1793. This interactive museum also offers the opportunity to make your own customized newspaper with antique cast iron and self-inking printing presses.
The Mackenzie Printery and Newspaper Museum is located at 1 Queenston Street, Queenston, Ontario, just a 15 minute drive north of the Falls on the scenic Niagara Parkway. Admission for adults (13+) $5, children (6 to 12 years) $3.75 (plus taxes). Children 5 years and under are admitted free of charge at all Niagara Parks attractions. Open daily from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Free parking is available on-site. For more information, please call (905) 262-5676.
Learn even more about our Nation’s history this long weekend with the Niagara Heritage Trail Pass. For just $18.12 (adult & child rate, plus taxes), visitors can explore all four Niagara Heritage Trail attractions: Old Fort Erie, Laura Secord Homestead, McFarland House and the Mackenzie Printery and Newspaper Museum. The pass also includes valuable discount coupons for the Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory and Sir Adam Beck Power tours. Visit http://www.niagaraparksheritage.com for more information.
The Niagara Parks Commission is an Agency of the Government of Ontario. It is NPC’s mission to protect the natural and cultural heritage along the Niagara River for the enjoyment of visitors while remaining financially self-sufficient.
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