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Annie Edson Taylor's 174th Birthday Celebration

NIAGARA FALLS, NY (Oakwood Cemetery) - Come celebrate Niagara's Queen of the Mist, Annie Edson Taylor.  The festivities start SUNDAY, October 21, at Noon.  After some brief welcomes and opening remarks, we will commission our new "Edsonmobile" cart, donated in the memory of Annie by her Grand Nieces, Elsie and Rose.   Warren Baltes, Historian for the Connecticut Street Armory in Buffalo will present the cemetery two Civil War Campaign medals in honor of LeRoy Williams and Peter A. Porter.

At 1pm Annie will be portayed graveside by noted Historian Terry Lasher Winslow.

At 2:30pm The winners of our Annie Edson Taylor kids coloring contest will be announced.  Niagara area students were read "Queen of the Falls" by Chris Van Allsburg, then our youth drew pictures of Annie and her trip.  Annie's Grand Nieces will judge the pictures as well as will known area artist Paul Hanover.

Through out the afternoon you will be able to buy Annie books and also Chocolates from Niagara's Honeymoon Sweets.  Mary Ann Hess owner and chocolate maker will be here with her special treats.

Here is a sampling of last year's kids drawings.  What talent Western New York has! 

Click here to read from the Niagara Frontier Publication

While we're at it, here is an Australian Newspaper Article on Daredevils that mentions Annie.


The REAL Haunted Houses of Niagara

NIAGARA FALLS, NY (Oakwood Cemetery) - Did you ever feel a pair of eyes upon you and when you turn to see who it is, there is nothing there?  Just in time for Halloween, we begin a new series of articles that is sure to make your the hair on the back of your neck stand up.  Come with Oakwood Cemetery's Geneaologist and author of Kratts Korner, Michelle Kratts as she researches the REAL Haunted Houses of Niagara!  Click here to read the stories...if you dare!


Oakwood Cemetery: New Life for an Historic Place

The Friends of Local History will present a lecture by noted historian and member of the Oakwood Cemetery Board of Directors Pete Ames on the plans for the Preservation and Restoration of Oakwood. The lecture, a power point presentation of the Landscape Report of Landscape Architect Dean Gowen, will take place Tuesday, October 16th, 2012 in the auditorium of the Niagara Falls Public Library. The program runs from 6 to 8 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

Oakwood Cemetery, founded in 1852, contains 18.5 acres with over 22,000 graves. This year it is celebrating its 160th Anniversary. Historic Oakwood Cemetery and its Mausoleum are facing needs for preservation to maintain this historic treasure of Niagara Falls. The Board of Directors, in 2010, voted unanimously to embark on a restoration project of the cemetery and mausoleum. Local, State and National Historic Register nominations are being sought. This Landscape Report, an important part of the nomination process, will evaluate and make recommendations for the plan for restorations and has produced a conditions report for the mausoleum.

Historic Oakwood Cemetery was built on land donated by Lavinia Porter, daughter of Judge Augustus Porter. The original layout was designed by Civil Engineer T.D. Judah. The cemetery’s landscape, as we know it today, dates from a design drawn in 1882 by noted Niagara Falls Engineer Drake Whitney, nephew to the three Whitney sisters after which the Three Sister Islands are named. A section of Oakwood is also owned by the Town of Niagara, which was the governmental agency before the incorporation of City of Niagara Falls in 1892.

The Mausoleum was built in 1913 and designed by the Buffalo architectural firm of Green and Wicks. Oakwood is the home of many of Niagara Falls’ noted citizens including the Whitneys, Porters, Schoelkopfs, the Oppenheims, Silberbergs, Haeberles, and Holleys, etc. Niagara stunters buried there include Annie Edson Taylor, Carlisle Graham and Maude Willard.

This is the first of a series of lectures on Local History topics that will take place on the 3rd Tuesday of every month until May. The Friends of Local History support ongoing projects on the documentation of the history of the City of Niagara Falls and support the research and collection of the Local History Department of the Niagara Falls Public Library. Local History is located on the 3rd floor of the main branch of the public library at 1425 Main Street. It is open to the public on Mondays 5 to 8 p.m. and Tuesdays 2 to 5 p.m. A copy of the 2012-13 Lecture Schedule is available at both branches of the library or by calling (716) 425-4005


Autumn in Oakwood Photo Contest

NIAGARA FALLS, NY (Oakwood Cemetery) - Autumn in Oakwood Photo Contest! Come to Oakwood Cemetery Association October 1 - 17th, take the best pictures you have ever taken in your life, submit them on our Facebook page at the link above, get the glory you deserve for being an awesome image capture person...

Submitted photos will be voted on by the public on Facebook, and judged by Oakwood Cemetery and James Neiss (Chief Photographer of the Niagara Gazette).  Prizes include passes to area attractions, some gently used camera equipment, and all the fame and majesty one can handle for taking awesome picture of Oakwood! Enter today!




An update to our Titanic Story

NIAGARA FALLS, NY (Oakwood Cemetery) - Michelle Kratts has an update to a story we published in April.  Through the "magic" of the internet, she was able to procure more information Emily Hyde Biondi, a resident of our mausoleum.  Not only is Mrs Hyde the wife of Charles Hyde, who donated his land to the city of Niagara Falls to be used as park.  Hence, Hyde Park.  Mrs Hyde was also married to William Douton, a victim of the Titanic ship wreck.  Click here to see Mrs. Hyde's picture, and read the update.