OSWEGO COUNTY – This year marks the 200th anniversary of Oswego County and communities across the county are celebrating with a variety of events and activities. Mark your calendar to join the fun in June.
• Phoenix Canal Day: On Friday, June 3, come to Canal Island off State Street in Phoenix from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to celebrate the history of the Phoenix area. For details, call 695-1308.
• Story of Rail City: On Saturday, June 4, the Sandy Creek History Center hosts guest speaker Bob Groman with his presentation, “Chasing Trains: The History of Rail City” at 7 p.m. at the Sandy Creek Town Hall on Harwood Drive. For more information, call 387-5456 ext.7.
• Military Railroading: On Saturday and Sunday, June 4 and 5, bring the whole family to the Oswego Railroad Museum on West First Street for the “Military Railroading” exhibit. The museum is open from noon to 5 p.m. both days and there is a small admission charge. For details, call 806-2193.
• Historic Bethel Church: On Wednesday, June 8, the Pulaski Historical Society on Maple Avenue hosts a “Brown Bag Luncheon” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bring your own lunch and enjoy a presentation by Linda Crandall about the history of the Bethel Church and Community Center. For more information, call 298-4650.
• Audrey Munson Dedication: On Wednesday, June 8, the town of New Haven celebrates its illustrious former resident Audrey Munson with a dedication ceremony and cemetery walk at 2 p.m. in the New Haven Cemetery on Route 104. For details, call 963-3900.
• Flag Day in Phoenix: On Saturday, June 11, enjoy an early Flag Day celebration at Canal Island off State Street in Phoenix from 10 a.m. to noon. For details, call 695-1308.
• Dairy Month Railroad Display: On Saturdays and Sundays, June 11 and 12; 18 and 19, and 25 and 26, visit the Oswego Railroad Museum on West First Street for the “National Dairy Month” railroad exhibit. The museum is open from noon to 5 p.m. both days and there is a small admission charge. For more information, call 806-2193.
• French & Indian War Living History Event: On Saturday and Sunday, June 18 and 19, Fort Ontario State Historic Site on East Fourth Street in Oswego presents a French and Indian War living history event during New York State’s Path Through History Weekend. Witness camp life, drills and battle re-enactments along with demonstrations, period music and children’s activities and games. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. There will be a small admission charge. For details, call 343-4711.
• Salmon River Lighthouse Open House: On Saturday and Sunday, June 18 and 19, the Salmon River Lighthouse on Lake Road Extension in Pulaski will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Come tour the famous 1838 landmark at the mouth of the Salmon River during New York State’s Path Through History Weekend. Donations for the U.S. Lighthouse Society are accepted. For details, call 757-287-0426.
• Path through History Weekend at Safe Haven: The Safe Haven Holocaust Refugee Shelter Museum will be open Saturday and Sunday, June 18 and 19, for New York State’s Path through History Weekend. The museum is dedicated to keeping alive the stories of the 982 refugees from World War II who were allowed into the United States as “guests” of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Located at 2 E. Seventh St. in Oswego, the museum is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. For information call 315-420-0000.
• World Refugee Day: On Monday, June 20, celebrate World Refugee Day with a commemorative walking tour at Fort Ontario State Historic Site on East Fourth Street in Oswego at 7 p.m. The Fort Ontario Refugee Shelter was the only location in the country to welcome Holocaust survivors during World War II. For more information, call 343-4711.
Admission is free for all events unless otherwise noted.
To learn more about the county’s bicentennial and other upcoming events, go to www.visitoswegocounty.com.