Annual Silent Auction Scheduled April 7 to Support Richardson-Bates House Museum

OSWEGO — The Oswego County Historical Society will host the 30th Annual “Not So Silent Auction” on April 7 from 6 – 8:30 p.m. at The American Foundry at 246 W. Seneca St.

Tickets are $20 and will be available for purchase now and at the door the day of the event.

The silent auction committee members have been diligently seeking support for this year’s event.

All proceeds will go to the operational support of the society’s historic Richardson-Bates House Museum.

“We ask everyone to save the date to join us at the auction. This is the historical society’s primary fund-raiser to maintain the museum,” said Mary Kay Stone, co-chair for the auction. “While this is a very important event, it is a fun evening that is enjoyed by all. The goal is for the largest turnout ever that will help continue the preservation of this iconic landmark and its collections.”

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and part of the Washington Square Historic District, the Richardson-Bates House is a rare example of a 19th century Tuscan Villa.

“Many repairs to the ornate exterior and interior elements were needed to preserve the historic integrity of the house took place last year,” Stone said. “Continued repairs are needed this year.”

Efforts are being made by the historical society board of trustees to raise the funds to complete the restoration projects.

A special addition to the silent and live auction portions is an antique appraisal opportunity.

Every ticket will include one free antique appraisal by Gerald Petro of Iroquois Auctions.

Additional appraisals after the first free one will be $5 each.

A traditional Chinese auction will be featured again with chances to win on a dozen unique themed-filled gift baskets.

“It is always an honor to receive valuable items each year from generous donors,” said Jennifer Mays, auction co-chair. “There is a unique variety of items to bid on and something for everyone. Please be sure to mark your calendar and bring a friend.”

The Oswego County Historical Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the the county’s rich historic past.

It operates the Richardson-Bates House Museum located at 135 E. Third St. in Oswego.

The museum is open from April to December on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 1 – 5 p.m and other days by appointment.

Anyone wishing to be a sponsor, make a donation of quality items in support of the auction, or would like to purchase tickets in advance, may call the museum at 343-1342 or by email at [email protected]