Guest Lecture: The Meanings of Niagara

  • Sun, Sep 25, 2022 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University

    7 Varsity Drive
    Niagara University, New York 14109
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Part of Niagara University's Vincentian Heritage Week (Sep. 25 - Oct. 1, 2022)


Throughout its human history, Niagara Falls has stood for a lot of things: the horror of the wilderness, the sublimity of nature, the power of industry, the scourge of pollution, the thrill of a honeymoon, and even the promise of freedom. In her book Inventing Niagara, Ginger Strand explored the history--both well-known and hidden--of North America's most famous waterfall.


In an illustrated slide lecture, Ginger Strand will take us on a wild ride through the sometimes surprising meanings layered onto the Falls, introducing us to mythical Native American maidens, double-crossing town fathers, fugitive slaves, unknowing Manhattan Project workers, missing pharaohs, and 280,000 radioactive mice. 


Come early to explore the exhibition Niagara in Summer and Winter, with a curator-led tour at 1:00!


Program Schedule
1:00 - Tour with CAM Curator & Ginger Strand
2:00 - Ginger Strand Lecture
3:00 - Book Signing and Reception


Banner Image Credit (left to right):


Meyer H. Hoster
La Chute Du Niagara, dans le Pays de l'Or., 1892
color halftone
Cover illustration-Le Petit Journal. Supplement Illustre.
Generous Donation from Dr. Charles Rand Penney, partially funded by the Castellani Purchase Fund, with additional funding from Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Lytle, 2006:001.358

Inventing Niagara by Ginger Strand, 2009

Date & Time

Sun, Sep 25, 2022 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Venue Details

Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University

7 Varsity Drive
Niagara University, New York 14109 Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University
Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University

The Castellani Art Museum (CAM) at the center of the Niagara University campus is dedicated to the enjoyment and educational potential of artistic creativity. As a major resource for the visual arts in Niagara County, the CAM's permanent collection includes over 5,000 pieces of mainly modern and contemporary art, and hosts a unique Folk Arts Program supporting traditional artists and community-based cultural traditions in the Buffalo-Niagara region. 

In keeping with Niagara University's Vincentian mission, the museum recognizes and serves the diverse racial, ethnic, and religious communities of the Niagara region through the organization and presentation of exhibitions which honor and explore their artistic traditions and contemporary output. In addition to presenting diverse artistic expressions, the museum works in partnerships to explore and redefine the relationship between the museum and its constituencies.

As a university museum, the Castellani Art Museum serves the educational needs of the community,  by working with Niagara University faculty on integrative learning projects for college students and providing art education programs for area schools and cultural organizations. The museum staff works with educators to develop art-based learning programs that help to promote critical thinking.

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