Mark Your Calendar for the Oswego War of 1812 Symposium April 1 to 3

Paul Lear at a previous 1812 symposium. He will MC this year's event as well.

Paul Lear at a previous 1812 symposium. He will MC this year's event as well.

OSWEGO – The Oswego War of 1812 Symposium returns to the Port City April 1 through 3.

Once again, the Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center located at 26 E. First St. will host the sixth annual event.

Paul Lear at a previous 1812 symposium. He will MC this year's event as well.
Paul Lear at a previous 1812 symposium. He will MC this year’s event as well.

Fort Ontario State Historic Site Superintendent Paul Lear is the chairman of the Oswego International War of 1812 Symposium Committee and will emcee the event which features nine respected historians.

“This symposium is well-established among many of the top historians from across the U.S., Canada and beyond,” said Lear. “Over the years, they have brought their perspectives about the events that helped shape our young nation and the effects of America’s ‘second’ war of independence.”

“This year, they will join some of our local historians to mark the bicentennial of Oswego County. This year’s program will feature a variety of topics from the area’s early years and the establishment of Fort Oswego, to civilian experiences in border communities, to the impact of the War of 1812 and how it led to the formation of the county 200 years ago,” he continued.

The event begins with registration and check-in from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, along with a meet-and-greet social and cash bar.

The opening reception is an opportunity to talk to local, regional and international historians and to take in the third annual student competition which features the historians of tomorrow.

The academic contest was launched in 2014 and continues this year with student speakers competing for cash and prizes.

From 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, the audience will hear their presentations on topics related to the War of 1812.

Awards will then be handed out in a ceremony immediately following.

Throughout the rest of the weekend, attendees will enjoy presentations from new and returning speakers including: retired Canadian Army Maj. Sandy Antal; retired U.S. Army Maj. Dr. Richard Barbuto; naval historian Dr. Gary M. Gibson; historian Dianne Graves; military historian Donald Graves; Fort Ontario State Historic Site Superintendent Paul Lear; historical marine artist Dr. Peter Rindlisbacher; history professor Dr. Richard Weyhing; and Oswego County Historian Justin White.

The opening reception on Friday will be free for attendees once again; however, there will be a reduction in registration fees for the remainder of the event.

Attendees can save $10 by registering for the full two-day event.

Admission for Saturday and Sunday is $50 per person or $25 per student with valid ID and includes Saturday’s lunch, refreshment breaks and workshop materials.

One-day registrations are also available for $35 for Saturday including lunch; and $25 for Sunday.

One-day student rates are $20 for Saturday including lunch, and $15 for Sunday.

Advance registration is required and may be paid by check or credit card through the Friends of Fort Ontario.

Contact Lear at 315-343-4711 for credit card payments Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Checks should be made payable to “Friends of Fort Ontario – 1812” and mailed to the Fort Ontario State Historic Site, 1 E. Fourth St., Oswego, N.Y. 13126.

Special room rates for symposium attendees are available at the Best Western Plus Captain’s Quarters Hotel, 26 E. First St., Oswego.

Please call the hotel at 315-342-4040 and mention the Oswego War of 1812 Symposium.

Sponsors for this year’s program include the Friends of Fort Ontario, Sackets Harbor Battlefield Alliance, Oswego County Tourism Advisory Council, the Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center, New York State Archives Partnership Trust, SUNY Oswego, the Palladium-Times, Man in the Moon Candies, Oswego County Today, Oswego Elks Lodge #271, City of Oswego, and the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning.

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