OSWEGO COUNTY – The Oswego County Bicentennial Committee announced that the “Oswego County History” book will soon be available, just in time for holiday gift-giving!
The commemorative edition represents the culmination of the county’s bicentennial celebration this year.
It will arrive in Oswego during this week (December 12) and be distributed to various municipal historians, historical societies, and museums for sale.
“This nearly year-long project is the result an enormous collaboration between historians from all areas, elected officials, and community members,” said Oswego County Bicentennial Committee Chairman and Legislator Shawn Doyle, District 3. “Readers will enjoy a general summary of the county’s history as well as that of its various cities, towns, villages and hamlets.”
The 192-page book also contains histories of SUNY Oswego, Fort Ontario State Historic Site, and the Safe Haven Holocaust Refugee Shelter and Museum.
Colorful stories about the people and events that helped to shape Oswego County are also found in its pages.
They include biographies of the founding fathers, black history and the Underground Railroad, and chronicles of the county’s shipping industry and maritime history.
Hardcover books are bound in black cloth with a gold embossed title and county seal and covered with a color dust jacket.
They are available for $20.
Paperback books also feature this colorful cover and sell for $10.
The history books will available this gift-giving season from the following:
• Central Square Community Historical Society: Village Office, 3125 East Ave., Central Square, N.Y. 13036; 315-676-2682
• Cleveland Historical Society: 123 NYS Route. 49, Cleveland, N.Y. 13042; 315-675-8688
• Fort Ontario State Historic Site (Friends of Fort Ontario): 1 E. Fourth St., Oswego, N.Y. 13126; 315-343-4711 (Tuesday through Thursday)
• Half-Shire Historical Society: P.O. Box 73, 1100 County Route 48, Richland, N.Y. 13142; 315-298-3620 or 315-298-2986
• Hannibal Historical Society: Oswego St., Hannibal, N.Y. 13074; 315-564-5650
• John Wells Pratt House Museum (Friends of Fulton History, N.Y.): 177 S. First St., Fulton, N.Y. 13069; 315-598-4616
• Mexico Historical Society: 3250 Main St., Mexico, N.Y. 13114; 315-963-7853
• New Haven Town Clerk or Historian: P.O. Box 141, New Haven, N.Y. 13121; 315-963-3900
• Palermo Town Historian: 53 County Route 35, Fulton, N.Y. 13069; 315-593-2333
• Parish Town Historian: P.O. Box 195, 2894 W. Main St., Parish, N.Y. 13131; 315-625-7833
• Pulaski Historical Society Museum: 3428 Maple Ave., Pulaski, N.Y. 13142; 315-298-4650
• Richardson-Bates House Museum (Oswego County Historical Society): 135 E. Third St., Oswego, N.Y. 13126; 315-343-1342
• Sandy Creek and Lacona Town and Village Historian: P.O. Box 52, Sandy Creek, N.Y. 13145; 315-387-5456 x7 or 315-695-2820
• Schroeppel Historical Society Museum: 486 Main St., Phoenix, N.Y. 13136; 315-695-6880 or 315-695-6641
• Scriba Historical Society: 42 Creamery Road, Oswego, N.Y. 13126; 315-342-6420
• Volney Town Historian: 1445 County Route 6, Fulton, N.Y. 13069-4857; 315-598-3817
• West Monroe Historical Society: 2355 NYS Route 49, West Monroe, N.Y. 13167; 315-676-7414
Doyle added, ” The bicentennial committee felt it was important that the historians and historical societies should have the first opportunity for fund-raising, not only because they all contributed to the book, but also to support the vital work that they do to preserve the history of their communities. Therefore, they will have 90 days to conduct sales to raise money for their group or events. After that, the books will be released to retail stores for sale.”
Other gift ideas include a special commemorative stamp to mark the county’s bicentennial.
The Oswego Stamp Club continues its sales of these unique cachets which include your choice of the Oswego County Bicentennial logo, an 1832 map of the county, and the H. Douglas Barclay Courthouse in Pulaski.
The cachets are available for $2 each or $5 for a set of three, and framed display sets are also available.
For details, call 315-342-4130 or at 315-592-4441.
To learn more about Oswego County’s rich history, go to www.visitoswegocounty.com.
For more information about the Oswego County History book, call 315-349-8322.