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Maritime Museum Kicks Off 2017 History Lecture Series June 3

OSWEGO – The H. Lee White Maritime Museum at Oswego kicks off its 2017 History Lecture Series on Saturday, June 3, at 1:30 p.m.

Captain Ronald Marquisee, producer/director of the PBS series Cruising America’s Waterways will be screening an episode of that series that follows the Oswego River/Canal from Three Rivers to Oswego.

 Pictured is Captain Marquisee being interviewed for his award-winning book Cruising America’s Waterways: The Erie Canal.
Pictured is Captain Ronald Marquisee being interviewed for his award-winning book Cruising America’s Waterways: The Erie Canal.

Included is a visit to the museum’s National Historic Landmark World War II Tug, LT-5 and an interview with H. Lee White Maritime Museum founder, Mrs. Rosemary Nesbitt.

This will be followed by a discussion of the program and the award-winning series companion book, Cruising America’s Waterways: The Erie Canal.

A book signing will follow, and all technical and content questions are welcomed.

This lecture is being offered in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the New York State Barge Canal System. The system is a National Historic Landmark, and is included as one of America’s National Scenic Byways.

Included in this year’s lineup are filmmakers, producers, authors and engineers, each are experts in their own respective field.

“We are very excited to host such notable speakers to truly highlight the significance of this bicentennial period of the New York State Canal system,” said Michael Pittavino, H. Lee White Maritime Museum curator.

After studying at Syracuse University and Ohio University, Marquisee returned to SU’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications where he served as a Tenured Associate Professor from 1970-81.

He developed the University’s first film major, before leaving to more fully involve himself professionally in the content areas he so much enjoyed in his teaching.

Marquisee co-founded Media Artists Inc., which provides an integrated service approach to meeting client communications needs providing writing, photographic, motion picture, multi-media, graphic, audio and video production services.

An image from Captain Ronald Marquisee's canal trip he journeyed to film his documentary.
An image from Captain Ronald Marquisee’s canal trip he journeyed to film his documentary.

To date, the company has produced hundreds of commercials, training programs, entertainment pieces, and documentaries.  In 2000, the company produced the multi-award winning series “Cruising America’s Waterways,” distributed nationally by PBS, and the award winning companion book Cruising America’s Waterways: The Erie Canal.

Marquisee is also licensed by the United States Coast Guard as a Master (Captain) in the Merchant Marines.

He resides in Upstate New York with his significant other and a Wire Fox Terrier named Joey.

The next lecture is scheduled for June 24 at 1:30 p.m. with guest lecturer, Dr. Dan Ward and will feature the film “Boom & Bust: America’s Journey on the Erie Canal.”

The Maritime Museum and Treasure Chest Gift Shop are open daily, 1-5 p.m. (expanded hours of 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. in July and August).

For more information regarding this or other museum programs, contact the office at (315) 342-0480, or visit: www.hlwmm.org.