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Oswego County Historical Society Kicks Off Be Historical Campaign

The Oswego County Historical Society (OCHS) has kicked off their fundraising campaign “Be Historical. Keep Our History Alive!” in partnership with local businesses throughout Oswego County during the month of July. Shown pictured recently promoting the fundraiser at Canale’s Restaurant, a participating business, are committee members from left to right: Connie Clancy and Shane Stepien, with Canale’s Restaurant owner Nick Canale, Jr.

OSWEGO, New York – The Oswego County Historical Society’s (OCHS) July fundraiser recently kicked off. The campaign called, “Be Historical. Keep Our History Alive!” is being supported by businesses throughout Oswego County, according to Connie Clancy, campaign committee chairperson for the OCHS Board of Trustees.

OCHS is working with numerous local businesses and merchants in the area for  the “Be Historical” campaign.

Local businesses include: All Seasons Inn, Alliance Bank NA, Best Western Captain’s Quarters, Bosco and Geers, Bridie Manor, Cam’s Pizzeria, Canales’s Restaurant, Cheap Seats, Domino’s Pizza, Econo Lodge Riverfront, Fajita Grill, Oswego County FCU, Pathfinder Bank, Patz Restaurant, Paul’s Big M, The Press Box, Price Chopper, Raby’s ACE Home Center, Ritz Diner, river’s end bookstore, Ruby Tuesday, Rudy’s, GS Steamers, Step One Creative, Subway, Wayne Drugs, and Your House, Your Home.

Participating businesses are helping to “Keep Our History Alive” in Oswego County by requesting donations of $.50 from their patrons to support the Oswego County Historical Society, or through donation cans that are available at checkout areas with their business.

“We invite businesses to be a part of this effort in helping to preserve the history and heritage of Oswego County,” said Peg McKinstry, president of the OCHS Board of Trustees. “Our history is a vital part of who we are as a community, and as our government funding sources have diminished over the years, we have had to pursue new fundraising efforts and partners to keep our history alive.”

The Oswego County Historical Society is located at the Richardson-Bates Museum at 135 East Third Street in Oswego. For more information or to schedule tours at the museum call (315) 343-1342.

Oswego County Historical Society To Kick Off “Be Historical. Keep Our History Alive!” Fundraising Campaign This July

The Oswego County Historical Society (OCHS) is preparing for a month-long fundraiser called, “Be Historical. Keep Our History Alive!” that will be held this upcoming July throughout Oswego County. Shown pictured recently promoting the fundraiser at the Richardson-Bates House Museum are committee members from left to right: Bernie Henderson, Connie Clancy, Barb Canale, Peg McKinstry, and Shane Stepien. Absent from the photo is Shane Broadwell.

OSWEGO, New York – The Oswego County Historical Society (OCHS) is preparing for a month-long fundraiser called, “Be Historical. Keep Our History Alive!” that will be held this upcoming July throughout Oswego County, according to Connie Clancy, campaign committee chairperson for the OCHS Board of Trustees.

OCHS is planning to work with local businesses and merchants in the areas around Oswego County to set up the “Be Historical” campaign.  The campaign will involve participating local grocery stores, hotels, convenience stores, restaurants, and other area businesses. Donation cans, campaign brochures, and other literature will be made available to participating locations. Those that participate will help “Keep Our History Alive” in Oswego County by requesting donations of $.50 from their patrons to support the Oswego County Historical Society, or through donation cans that will be available at checkout areas of their business.

“Tourism during the month of July has historically been one of the busiest months for Oswego County and the surrounding areas,” says Clancy, “Our goal is to take advantage of the increased activity and tourism by holding a fundraising campaign throughout the month of July this year.”

OCHS has teamed up with Step One Creative, an Oswego-based marketing communications firm, to create exciting and visually appealing campaign materials and public relations to promote the “Be Historical” effort.

Oswego County businesses that support this fundraising effort will be provided all of the necessary materials to help with the campaign, and will be included in additional news releases specific to the month-long initiative.
Committee members will approach area businesses and merchants in the upcoming days and weeks about participating in the July campaign. Businesses that are interested in participating can also contact the Oswego County Historical Society at (315) 343-1342.

“We invite businesses to be a part of this effort in helping to preserve the history and heritage of Oswego County,” said Peg McKinstry, president of the OCHS Board of Trustees. “Our history is a vital part of who we are as a community, and as our government funding sources have diminished over the years, we have had to pursue new fundraising efforts and partners to keep our history alive.”

OCHS is also reaching out to neighboring town or village historical societies to seek their support with the campaign. In appreciation of that partnership and support, the OCHS will return a percentage of the proceeds generated from that respective community back to the local historical organization.

“We hope that we can get other historical groups to recognize the importance of this campaign throughout the County, because our focus is to preserve the history of Oswego County, and we cannot do it without the entire region’s support,” said Clancy.

The Oswego County Historical Society is located at the Richardson-Bates Museum at 135 East Third Street in Oswego. For more information or to schedule tours at the museum call (315) 343-1342.

Christmas Open House Preparation

The Oswego County Historical Society invites everyone to attend this year’s Christmas Open House at the Richardson-Bates House Museum, 135 E. Third St. in Oswego. The event is scheduled for Sunday, December 6, from 1 to 5 p.m. Cookies and punch will be served and music will be provided by the Renaissance Singers and songs by Betty Moshier as she plays her autoharp. Shown at left is Board of Trustees member Lyn Patterson along with Museum Assistant Russ Cowles as they decorate with natural wreaths and cedar roping to make the museum even more festive for the holidays. The society Board of Trustees wants to thank generous community groups Lions Club and Kiwanis for sponsoring the wonderful decorations. For more information about the event call the Museum at 343-1342.

The Oswego County Historical Society invites everyone to attend this year’s Christmas Open House at the Richardson-Bates House Museum, 135 E. Third St. in Oswego. The event is scheduled for Sunday, December 6, from 1 to 5 p.m. Cookies and punch will be served and music will be provided by the Renaissance Singers and songs by Betty Moshier as she plays her autoharp. Shown at left is Board of Trustees member Lyn Patterson along with Museum Assistant Russ Cowles as they decorate with natural wreaths and cedar roping to make the museum even more festive for the holidays. The society Board of Trustees wants to thank generous community groups Lions Club and Kiwanis for sponsoring the wonderful decorations. For more information about the event call the Museum at 343-1342.

Celebrate Archives Month At New Exhibit At Richardson-Bates House Museum

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</p>A selection of the Civil War archives from the holdings of the Oswego County Historical Society. Archives and repositories hold a wealth of information, often caring for piece of history that, if destroyed, would be lost forever. This information is not only useful for researchers, but for the general public as well. Some documents held in repositories have been used in schools as resources for Document Based Question writing exercises. A day spent at a repository could uncover historical treasures about your family, community, or business in you area.

A selection of the Civil War archives from the holdings of the Oswego County Historical Society. Archives and repositories hold a wealth of information, often caring for piece of history that, if destroyed, would be lost forever. This information is not only useful for researchers, but for the general public as well. Some documents held in repositories have been used in schools as resources for Document Based Question writing exercises. A day spent at a repository could uncover historical treasures about your family, community, or business in you area.

It’s time for many to pack up and head south. But before you decide what to pack away and how to store it, you’ll want to visit Why Archives Matter, a new exhibit at the Oswego County Historical Society’s Richardson-Bates House Museum.

Historical records come in many unexpected forms. Treasured photographs, scrapbooks, maps, diaries, personal letters, and business memoranda all document our histories; together they form a mosaic of a community’s experience, and capture a moment in time. Why Archives Matter celebrates the heritage of our community in all those countless records that archives hold in trust for future generations.

Featured in the exhibit are several collections on display for the first time. One celebrates the activities of a local singing group, the Philomelians, Philoettes, Philotones, Beta Mu Gamma, Philomelian Alumnae, that began with students at the Oswego High School in 1936 and contented entertaining audience throughout central New York, in a collection that contains over 65 years of photographs, new clippings, programs and correspondence. Other unique treasures on display include the 1794 document selling 499,000 acres of central New York – much of which would become Oswego County, to George Scriba; Civil War letters and drawings; a 1946 architectural drawing of West First Street business renovations, and a local newspaper insert with a yellow ribbon from the 1990 Gulf War.

Why Archives Matter also gives tips on how to preserve those riches you decide to preserve. For a limited time, the Museum will be giving away Preserving Family Archives, a how-to pamphlet by the National Archives. Supply is limited though, so be sure to visit the exhibition soon.

The core interpretive panels of Why Archive Matter were developed by the South Central Region of the Documentary Heritage Program and is administered by the Upstate History Alliance. Why Archives Matter will be on exhibit at the Museum through the month of October.   The Richardson-Bates House Museum is located at 135 East Third Street, Oswego, NY. The Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday 10 – 5, and Saturday from 1-5. For more information, call 343-1342.

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