OSWEGO – The H. Lee White Marine Museum is excited to announce the launch of the “Love Our Lighthouse” campaign, with the goal of raising the necessary funds to complete the restoration project that has already begun of the West Pierhead Lighthouse.
Several fundraising projects are in the works, one of the biggest being the Lighthouse Auction set for Oct. 25.
“This is a very exciting opportunity for the community as they can help our beloved lighthouse be restored and in return hopefully visit it one day,” said Mercedes Niess, executive director of the H. Lee White Marine Museum. “All the money used in the lighthouse restoration project comes from community donations and grants. We are hoping that the Lighthouse Auction is a success in raising a substantial portion of the money needed to finish it.”
The West Pierhead Lighthouse is one of Oswego’s popular historical spotlights and one of the most photogenic pieces on Lake Ontario.
It celebrates its 80th anniversary this year from the time it was built in 1934.
The lighthouse was part of the first ever “CNY Lake Ontario Lighthouse Challenge” in June, when more than 100 new tourists visited the area.
Recently, volunteers installed a red lighted heart on the Oswego Lighthouse to bring attention to the cause during Oswego’s Harborfest.
The light continues to be lit to highlight the “Love Our Lighthouse” campaign.
“We know the people and visitors of Oswego love and want the lighthouse to stay,” Niess said. “When the restoration is complete, it will look 100 times better and we are hoping to set up tour boat rides to visit inside and to get a close up look of the outside.”
The auction on Oct. 25 will be at the American Foundry in Oswego from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Donated items will be accepted until Oct. 10.
Businesses have received letters requesting auction donations and members of the community can donate items as well.
Donation questions or ideas can be answered by contacting the H. Lee White Marine Museum at (315) 342-0480.
The “Love Our Lighthouse” campaign plans to sell calendars celebrating the 80th anniversary of the lighthouse for added funds to the restoration project starting this fall.
For more information, (315) 342-0480.