OSWEGO, NY – Seventy years ago, Fort Ontario in Oswego opened its doors to refugees of the Nazi Holocaust during World War II.
Nearly 1,000 people were welcomed and sheltered in the only site of its kind in the U.S.
Representatives from the NYS Bureau of Historic Sites recently installed a new exhibit commemorating this unique heritage.
As Paul Woitkoski and John Schultz set up the exhibition frame in the enlisted men’s barracks, Heidi Miksch (pictured) organized a display of artifacts that have been uncovered at the site.
The exhibit, which will be on display until next year, also includes a touchscreen video feature.
Fort Ontario State Historic Site will open for the season on Wednesday.
For details, call 315-343-4711. (Photo by Kelly Jordal, Oswego County Tourism Office.)