OSWEGO — The Oswego County Historical Society will host its next lecture entitled “Dr. Mary Walker – For a New Generation” on November 11 at 1:30 p.m. at the Richardson-Bates House Museum at 135 E. Third St., Oswego.
Board trustee and Oswego Town Historian George Demass will present the program.
Dr. Mary Walker was born in the town of Oswego on November 26, 1832. She was a pioneer female physician who earned her medical degree from Syracuse Medical College in 1855.
She was a leader in the 19th century dress reform movement and a staunch advocate of civil rights and equality for all. Dr. Walker strongly believed that women had the inherent right to vote and supported that cause throughout her life. In 1865, she was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Andrew Johnson for her heroic medical services during the American Civil War.
Dr. Walker is the first and only woman every awarded the nation’s highest military honor.
“Dr. Mary Walker is an iconic figure in local and national history,” said Demass.“We are always learning new things about her life. This program will be in celebration of Dr. Walker’s 180th birthday.”
Demass will share various memories of local residents that remembered her, along with books and photographs that document her unique place in history.
Another topic will be the evolution and dedication of the Dr. Mary Walker Statue now located in front of the Oswego Town Hall. The museum also has a special display on Dr. Walker that will be open to the public after the program.
This lecture is part of a series presented throughout the year by the organization.
The event is free and open to the public with donations accepted.
The Oswego County Historical Society is a non-profit organization founded in 1896 and dedicated to the collection, promotion and interpretation of the historical resources of the county.
From April to December the museum is open Thursday through Saturday from 1 – 5 p.m. and other days by appointment. For more information contact the museum at 343-1342.