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Community Supports Oswego War of 1812 Symposium

OSWEGO – The Lake Ontario Conference and Event Center on East First Street in Oswego hosts the third annual Oswego War of 1812 Symposium from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 6 and from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 7.

Pictured from left are Kelly Jordal, Oswego County Tourism Office; Jenny Emmons, Fort Ontario State Historic Site; James Dowd, Pathfinder Bank; and Paul Lear, Fort Ontario State Historic Site. To register, call 315-343-4711.
Pictured from left are Kelly Jordal, Oswego County Tourism Office; Jenny Emmons, Fort Ontario State Historic Site; James Dowd, Pathfinder Bank; and Paul Lear, Fort Ontario State Historic Site. To register, call 315-343-4711.

There will be a meet-and-greet social with cash bar, a presentation of the painting of the U.S. Brig Oneida by Oswego artist Tim Ames, and early registration from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday.

“This event has grown significantly over the last two years,” said Paul Lear, Fort Ontario State Historic Site superintendent and chair of the Oswego War of 1812 Symposium Bicentennial Steering Committee. “To better accommodate participants, we moved to a new location and expanded the program to include more topics about the war and its effects by prominent speakers from across the U.S. and Canada.”

Lear continued, “This expansion would not have been possible without the gracious support of the community. Our primary source of funding comes from the generosity of donors, and this year, several businesses, organizations, and individuals have come forward to help ensure the continued success of the symposium.”

Pictured from left are Kelly Jordal, Oswego County Tourism Office; Paul Lear, Fort Ontario State Historic Site; Jeff Grimshaw, SUNY Oswego’s Office of Business and Community Relations; and Jenny Emmons, Fort Ontario State Historic Site. To register, call 315-343-4711.
Pictured from left are Kelly Jordal, Oswego County Tourism Office; Paul Lear, Fort Ontario State Historic Site; Jeff Grimshaw, SUNY Oswego’s Office of Business and Community Relations; and Jenny Emmons, Fort Ontario State Historic Site.

Throughout the weekend, eleven speakers will explore a variety of War of 1812 topics, including military training, strategy and battle analysis; maritime and military archeology; naval history; wartime society and commerce; espionage; and the art of war.

Participants will also enjoy engaging exhibitors, living history demonstrators and book signings with two historical authors.

Registration for both days is $75 per person or $35 for students with a valid ID.

The registration fee includes Saturday’s lunch and workshop materials. One day registration is also available: $50 for Saturday, including lunch or $25 for Sunday. For students with a valid ID, one day rates are $23 for Saturday, including lunch or $12 for Sunday.

Pictured from left are Paul Lear, Fort Ontario State Historic Site; Barbara Bateman, NBT Bank; Jenny Emmons, Fort Ontario State Historic Site; and Kelly Jordal, Oswego County Tourism Office. To register, call 315-343-4711.
Pictured from left are Paul Lear, Fort Ontario State Historic Site; Barbara Bateman, NBT Bank; Jenny Emmons, Fort Ontario State Historic Site; and Kelly Jordal, Oswego County Tourism Office.

Advance registration is required and may be paid by check or credit card through the Friends of Fort Ontario. Contact Franshisca Cedillo at 315-343-4711 for credit card payments Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Checks should be made payable to “Friends of Fort Ontario – 1812” and mailed to the Fort Ontario State Historic Site, 1 East Fourth Street, Oswego, NY 13126.

Special room rates for symposium attendees are available at the Best Western Plus Captain’s Quarters Hotel, 26 East First Street, Oswego. Please call the hotel at 315-342-4040 and mention the Oswego War of 1812 Symposium.

For event details, visit www.fortontario.com

For visitor information, go to www.visitoswegocounty.com or contact the Oswego County Tourism Office at 315-349-8322.

To follow other War of 1812 commemoration activities or to learn more about the history of Oswego County, go to http://visitoswegocounty.com/historical-info/war-of-1812/