OSWEGO, NY – The Holiday History Shop is adding another day of operations and will be open this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (Dec. 15 – 17) from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Located at 201 W. First St., (Canal Commons) in the city of Oswego, the number of local museums, historic sites, and historical organizations participating increased last weekend to a total of 12 with the addition of the Mexico Historical Society.
During these difficult economic times our local historical organizations are struggling to remain open, operate, conduct special events, and provide other services.
By purchasing a gift at the Holiday History Shop residents can aid the groups that preserve the memory of our region’s significant role in our nation’s commercial, industrial, farming, and military history.
A wide variety of memorabilia, books, clothing, prints, toys, calendars, as well as memberships are available for sale at the Holiday History Shop.
For example, the Oswego County Historical Society (Richardson-Bates House Museum) is selling copies of the Victory Medal struck by order of King Louis XV commemorating Montcalm’s defeat of the British at Oswego in 1756.
The original medal, in the collections of the OCHS, is one of only three known to exist around the world.
The H. Lee White Marine Museum offers models of the Oswego Lighthouse and Rosemary Nesbitt’s popular children’s book “Colonel Meacham’s Cheese” for sale, and the Friends of Fort Ontario have stocked the store with copies of Richard Palmer’s “On the Waterfront” and Anthony’s Slosek’s “Oswego in the War of 1812.”
The John D. Murray Firefighters Museum interprets the story of nearly 200 years of fighting fires in Oswego and will sell their attractive T-shirts, hats, and other items.
Patrons of the Holiday History Shop may support Oswego newest historical organization, The Friends of Riverside Cemetery, by purchasing a slate from the roof of the famous chapel, or buy a throw in support of the Heritage Foundation of Oswego or Friends of History in Fulton.
Tim Nekritz’s book, “The History of the Oswego Library,” telling the story of one of the nation’s oldest continuously operating library buildings, can also be found in the Holiday History Shop along with items from the Oswego Railroad Museum, Scriba Historical Society, and the Safe Haven Museum.
Volunteers from the historical organizations involved will be on hand to answer questions about merchandise and history.
Space for the Holiday History Shop has been graciously provided by building owner Anthony Pauldine.
For more information on the Holiday History Shop, contact Gail Goebricher at 343-6992.