Robert J. Foley - Arts and Culture Wall of Fame
Robert J. Foley was born in Niagara Falls in 1941. He is a writer, publisher and historian.
He wrote weekly history features for the Niagara Falls Review, Welland Tribune and the St. Catharines
Standard on the history of the Niagara Peninsula and the history of Canada. The features were published in six
books: Niagara Story Volume I, Beginnings to 1812: Volume II, The War of 1812; Volume III, The Welland
Canal; Volume IV, The Canadians; Canada’s Story, Book One, The Dawn of Time; and Book two, The Struggle
for a Continent.
He was the Executive Director of the Chippawa Battlefield Preservation Society. The society was instrumental
in saving the Chippawa Battlefield, which became a heritage site owned by the Niagara Parks Commission.
Bob is the Executive Director of Heritage Niagara, an organization that facilitates heritage projects in the
Niagara Region. Heritage Niagara helped facilitate a coalition of veterans’ organizations to ensure the
preservation of the Niagara Falls Armoury. The organization also sponsors several awards for outstanding
service to the heritage community including the George and Olive Seibel Award and the Esther Summers
Award of Excellence. The Esther Summers Award is given to an elementary school student who has
participated in the annual Heritage Fair run by the District School Board of Niagara (DSBN) and the Niagara
Catholic District School Board (NCDSB).
He was a founding member of the Historic Niagara Education Committee that brought the DSBN and NCDSB
together to successfully launch the Passport Niagara Project that will allow 30,000 elementary school students
to celebrate the bicentennial of the War of 1812.