Flagship Niagara League
The Flagship Niagara League is a 501©3, non-profit educational associate organization of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC), chartered to facilitate citizen participation and operation of the Flagship Niagara and its homeport, Erie Maritime Museum.
The League was conceived in the late 1970s, incorporated in 1982 by a group of local historians. With assistance from local educators, politicians and representatives from the business community, the Flagship Niagara League supported PHMC in the restoration, sailing and interpretation of the ship. The League has expanded from the original grassroots group to an annual membership of over 1,000.
League Supported Activities include:
- Recruiting and hiring many of the professional crew who sail the ship in the summer.
- Coordinating volunteers who provide thousands of hours annually to maintain and the ship, interpret and work in educational programming, fund-raising and other events held throughout the year.
- Assisting in construction and onboard installation of a functioning battery of carronades that capable of firing actual ammunition similar to that used aboard the ship during the Battle of Lake Erie. These guns were used on land to blast a replica of Oliver Hazard Perry’s original flagship, the Lawrence, which was installed as a Museum exhibit. The unprecedented “Live Fire” exhibit of the Lawrence recreates the horrific carnage experienced by both ship and men during the battle and through the Age of Fighting Sail. It has gained national recognition within the museum field.
- Operating the Gift Shop retail and online and information center.
- Hosting a Web homepage for Flagship Niagara, Erie Maritime Museum, and the Flagship Niagara League that seeks to broaden the audience and serve as a recruitment tool for national volunteer crew candidates.
- Promoting and producing Museum- and League-sponsored events and programs for all ages and partnering with local, regional and national organizations to expand the knowledge surrounding the ship and the Museum.
- Developing educational programs for area schools, community groups and organizations.
For more information about FNL or to become a member call 814-452-2744.