History and ghostly tales to come in Old Fort Erie’s three-part speaker series

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By Don Redmond

Published on April 6, 2022 at 1:35 p.m.

Old Fort Erie (Photo: Niagara Parks)

Three different speakers, all with very different experiences at Old Fort Erie, will share their unique take on their time at the Fort and how it ultimately impacted their experiences, studies, papers, theses and doctorates.

The good news is that the three-part virtual speaker series hosted by Niagara Parks will see sessions tackle a different topic and reveal fascinating stories from Canadian history that people have likely never encountered before…including ghosts.

Starting April 20, global adventurer and best-selling author Adam Shoalts, Explorer-in-Residence at the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, whose journey has taken him from the jungles of the Amazon to the tundra of the High Arctic .

After Shoalts, Niagara Region Historian Jesse Abbott and finally City of St Catharines Historical Services Supervisor Kathleen Powell to wrap up 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 of the War of 1812. The fort was unfinished when the United States declared war on June 18, 1812. Part of Fort Erie’s garrison 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 American forces, then abandoned on June 9, 1813. The fort had been partially dismantled by the small garrison of British troops and Canadian militia during their withdrawal.

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

Over the next three months, speakers will hold their speaker 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 Household Management Book

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 start at 7:00 p.m. and will be hosted on Zoom.


From left to right, 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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