Lorna MacDonald Czarnota is an award-winning storyteller and author, delighting audiences in schools, libraries, festivals and conferences throughout the United States, Canada, Ireland and India with traditional and original stories since 1985.

Prior to the Revolutionary War, everything west of Albany was wilderness. Safer travel and the promise of land opened this frontier. The interaction between European settlers and Native Americans transformed New York, and the paths they walked still bear the footprints of their experiences, like the shrine to Kateri Tekakwitha in Fonda. Industry and invention flourished along these routes, as peace sparked imagination, allowing for art and the freedom to explore new ideologies, some inspired by Native American culture. The Latter Rain Movement took hold in the heart of the Burned-Over District. Utopian communities and playgrounds for the wealthy appeared and vanished; all that remains of the Oneida Community is its Mansion House. Follow New York’s westward trails–the Erie Canal and Routes 5 and 20–that opened the west to the United States, beginning in Albany and moving westward to Buffalo.

Lorna has several published books including Legends, Lore, and Secrets of Western New York, Wicked Niagara, and Native American and Pioneer Sites of Upstate New York. Also among her historical works are a YA novel Breadline Blue and several in-personae historical presentations—Dust Bowl, Medieval, Silk Road, Colonial, and Civil War.

She is a long-time member of Spin-a-Storytellers and the National Storytelling Network, which recognized Lorna with the Oracle Award for excellence in service and leadership. Big Brother and Big Sisters of Erie County voted Lorna one of six “Women Who Move the City”  in 2017.

Due to the current environment, the Historical Society is offering two ways to enjoy this program, either in-person at the Becker Mansion with all current Covid protocols observed with very limited seating or via the on-line video conferencing program Zoom.

 

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Limited Seating for In-Person Attendance

Because of the current environment, we can only provide limited seating at the performance. If you wish to attend, please register by calling the Historical Society on (315) 568.8412. Thank you

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To attend via Zoom details

Topic: Evening with an Author
Time: Sep 3, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 762 668 7470
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