Seminar, camps fill upcoming Heritage Village calendar

A Lace Seminar, School of the Soldier Civil War Camp and Pioneer Day Camp are among the major events planned at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village in June and July. Heritage Village is located at 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road in Amherst.

The 28th annual Heritage Village Lace Seminar will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 4 and 5. Well-known teachers from the International Organization of Lace, Inc. will be presenting classes in bobbin lace, tatting and lace net darning. All skill levels are welcome. The event also includes vendors with supplies for lacemaking and other needlework, plus a lecture on the lace villages of England. Please visit Heritage Village’s website for more information.

School of the Soldier is scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 9. During this day camp adventure, unit commanders will instruct young soldiers ages 8 to 14 in the structure, skills and customs of the military during the Civil War. Throughout the day, Civil War re-enactors will open the camp to students, enabling them and other visitors to examine uniforms and equipment and participate in many of the same things Civil War soldiers did, from playing games and singing songs to marching, drilling, skirmishing and other planned scenarios.

Participants are asked to sign in at the recruitment table no later than 10:30 a.m. Please dress comfortably in blue jeans, a button down shirt, and sneakers or shoes with ties. Feel free to wear suspenders if you have them but no shorts, T-shirts or sandals. Lunch will be provided by Heritage Village. Non-firing wooden muskets and battle flags will be provided, and parents are welcome to observe.

General museum admission rates will apply. Boys and girls are welcome to participate, and the price is $25 per recruit. Please call to register, or register online at Funding for this program is provided by Erie County.

Exploring the Past: Pioneer Day Camp will be offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 26-29. Unplug, reconnect and experience pioneer life in this four-day summer camp historical experience! Children will experience the daily lives of kids from the 1800s. They will tend to crops, learn how to spin and weave wool, play with historic toys, spend a day in a one-room schoolhouse and much more. Ideal for ages 7 to 14, this day camp will also include childcare from 8 to 9 a.m. and 4 to 5 p.m. each day if needed. Please remember to bring your own bagged lunch. The cost is $100, or just $80 for Heritage Village members. Please call to register, or register online at Funding for this program is also provided by Erie County.

For more information, please visit or call 689-1440. You can also follow Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village on Facebook for frequent updates.

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