OSWEGO, NY – The H. Lee White Maritime Museum at Oswego invites residents and visitors alike to join us as we kick off the 2015 summer season the weekend of May 16 and 17, from 1-5 p.m.
As part of the celebration, the maritime museum, which includes the main exhibit building, the National Historic Landmark World War II Tugboat “LT-5” and NYS Derrick Boat No 8, will be open free of charge both days.
A new exhibit, “42 Miles of Wonder- the Oswego Canal” will be featured on the Derrick Boat and “Oswego – A History of Firsts” will also be premiered this weekend.
The traveling show, “42 Miles of Wonder – the Oswego Canal” is a compendium by artist Nick D’Innocenzo, who has spent the last several years photographing and documenting then and now images along the Oswego Canal.
The final pieces and production of the exhibit were made possible by a grant through the Erie Canal Heritage Fund and the Richard S. Shineman Foundation and with support from Fulton Savings Bank.
The exhibit will run throughout the summer.
The exhibit was inspired by retired SUNY Oswego professor D’Innocenzo.
He worked closely with town historians, researchers and other interested community members along the canal.
Using historic photos he located the exact spot where the image was originally taken and then re-shot the view as it appears today.
“No matter how elegant, an idea means nothing until it is given form. A skyscraper doesn’t come into existence without steel workers and the idea of a canal is made real and meaningful only through the labor of men. One of the themes of this exhibition is my admiration for the people who make ideas tangible many of whom may have had a minimal education or none at all. This is homage to those who bring about change and progress in society in this case by building the dams and locks thereby making the treacherous Oswego River navigable,” D’Innocenzo said.
“This weekend is a great way to celebrate the end of a long winter and the welcoming of a new summer season and it’s a perfect time to celebrate our maritime history,” said Mercedes Niess, executive director of the H. Lee White Maritime Museum.
The museum’s main building features maritime and historical exhibits.
New exhibit installations and renovations have been under way and bring history to today’s visitor through colorful vibrant hues and contemporary themes.
Staff and the director have been working all winter to transform several spaces.
Among the museum’s vessels, most prominent is the World War II National Historic Landmark Tug, the “LT-5,”which served during the Normandy Invasion.
A dedicated crew of volunteers has carefully restored the ship.
Also opening this weekend for touring is the National Register of Historic Places 1927 New York State Derrick Boat 8, which worked the canal system for 60 years.
On visual display is the Eleanor D, the last U.S. commercial fishing boat to work Lake Ontario.
It was locally owned by the Cahill family. The exterior restoration effort was completed two years ago.
Finally, visitors and residents will enjoy browsing the new apparel and gift items on display at the museum’s Treasure Chest gift shop, which is open during regular museum hours for free.
An array of new jewelry with a maritime flare and lighthouse themed collectibles are now available.
The museum is located in Oswego’s Historic Maritime District, at the end of the West First Street Pier.
Regular admission is $8 for adults and $4 for teens, ages 12 and under are free.
Hours will be expanded to 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. during July and August.
For more information visit, www.hlwmm.org or facebook.com/hlwmm for upcoming events or call (315) 342-0480.
For information on the lighthouse restoration project, view facebook.com/oswegolh