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September 25, 2018

New Port of Oswego Signage Makes History at Oswego Public Library


<p>Members of the Port of Oswego Authority Board of Directors and Trustees of the Oswego Public Library gathered recently in front of the new Port of Oswego Authority naming opportunity signage on the third floor of the Library's new addition. Shown pictured are from left to right: Mercedes Niess, Library Trustee; Donna Kuhn, Library Trustee; Ellie Cali, Library Trustee; Charles Young, Library Trustee; Terrence Hammill, Port of Oswego Authority Board Chairman; Richard Atkins, Port of Oswego Authority Vice Chairman; Thomas Gillen, Port of Oswego Authority Board Member; and David Buske, Port of Oswego Authority Board Member.</p>

Members of the Port of Oswego Authority Board of Directors and Trustees of the Oswego Public Library gathered recently in front of the new Port of Oswego Authority naming opportunity signage on the third floor of the Library's new addition. Shown pictured are from left to right: Mercedes Niess, Library Trustee; Donna Kuhn, Library Trustee; Ellie Cali, Library Trustee; Charles Young, Library Trustee; Terrence Hammill, Port of Oswego Authority Board Chairman; Richard Atkins, Port of Oswego Authority Vice Chairman; Thomas Gillen, Port of Oswego Authority Board Member; and David Buske, Port of Oswego Authority Board Member.

OSWEGO, New York - Members of the Port of Oswego Authority Board of Directors and Trustees of the Oswego Public Library gathered recently in front of the new Port of Oswego Authority naming opportunity signage on the third floor of the Library’s new addition.

The Port of Oswego made a $10,000 donation to the Library’s “Together with Pride” Capital Campaign for the renovation and expansion project.

The signage, which was designed as a replica of a former entranceway sign that adorned the bridge street bridge in the late 1800s, includes a historical timeline of the Port of Oswego. The mounted sign was developed by Oswego-based marketing firm Step One Creative, and Charles Signs, Inc. of Liverpool.

“We’re very pleased to have been able to partner with the Library on this naming opportunity,” said Jonathan Daniels, Executive Director at the Port. “The chronology that is depicted within our signage provides the Library’s patrons with a greater understanding of our Port’s history, and relevance to this region’s economic development.”

“Our port has a wonderful story to tell, and what better place than our historic Oswego Public Library to be able to bring awareness to those chronicles.”

Mercedes Niess, who is the executive director of the H. Lee White Marine Museum, which resides in a building provided by the Port, and who is also a Trustee for the  Oswego Public Library Board praised the partnership with the Port.

“Having the Port of Oswego’s support is important to the library, and the board and staff at the library are proud to be able to honor that support with an educational and historical display in the new building,” Niess said.

The Oswego Public Library was founded through the financial contribution and vision of Gerrit Smith, a well-known abolitionist, philanthropist and businessman. The Library opened to the public in 1857 with the directive that it offer equal access to all, regardless of race, gender, or socio-economic status.

For more information about the Oswego Public Library please contact the Library at (315) 341-5867 or visit www.oswegopubliclibrary.org. Contributions can be made to the Library’s “Together With Pride” campaign by calling the campaign office at (315) 216-6176.

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