Historic Maritime District Kicks Off Summer Season

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OMF Ontario

Oswego’s Historic Maritime District kicks off the 2008 season with a great weekend of free activities.

On Saturday, May 17 the Oswego Maritime Foundation will hold their annual Open House from 1-3 pm. The public is welcome to stop in at the Boating Education Center where a variety of activities for kids and their families will be offered. There will also be information about both the sailing and fishing classes. In addition, tours of the schooner OMF ONTARIO will be available throughout the afternoon. A display of boats built for and during the Family Boat Building Workshops will be on view. This is a cooperative effort with SUNY Oswego Technology Department and the H. Lee White Marine Museum, with sponsorship by Raby’s Ace Home Center.

In addition, the H. Lee White Marine Museum is celebrating its 26th season in the district, serving the Oswego community since 1982. The main building, two vessels; 1925 NYS Canal Boat No 8, the WWII Tug LT-5, a National Historic Landmark and “The Treasure Chest” gift shop will be open from 1-5 pm both Saturday and Sunday, May 17th and 18th , free of charge. Special sales, giveaways and drawings will be offered. On Sunday the museum will host their annual Season Kick-off Party from 1-2:30 pm. Visitors and volunteers alike may enjoy homemade cookies and punch at this special reception.

Both organizations have been working cooperatively to bring unique water and history related programs to the Oswego community such as the Family Boat Building workshops. In December, the organizations’ partnered to sell Christmas trees on the pier to benefit both organizations and to highlight the true story of “The Christmas Tree Ship”.

Finally, both organizations are looking for volunteers to fill a wide variety of duties throughout the year. Anyone interested should stop in at the respective sites during this fun-filled weekend.

To find out more contact the Museum at 342.0480 or 342.5753 for the Foundation. You may also visit their respective websites at: www.hleewhitemarinemuseum.com or www.oswegomaritime.org .