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Oswego County Historical Society Meeting To Host Presentation of ‘Grand Old Homes of Oswego – Gone and Forgotten’

The Oswego County Historical Society will host its annual meeting and keynote presentation on May 21. Pictured is an early 20th century postcard image of "Mon Repos," the elaborate residence of Swits and Apama Conde that once stood at the corner of West Fifth and Seneca streets.

The Oswego County Historical Society will host its annual meeting and keynote presentation on May 21. Pictured is an early 20th century postcard image of "Mon Repos," the elaborate residence of Swits and Apama Conde that once stood at the corner of West Fifth and Seneca streets.

The Oswego County Historical Society will host its annual meeting and keynote presentation on May 21. Pictured is an early 20th century postcard image of "Mon Repos," the elaborate residence of Swits and Apama Conde that once stood at the corner of West Fifth and Seneca streets.
The Oswego County Historical Society will host its annual meeting and keynote presentation on May 21. Pictured is an early 20th century postcard image of “Mon Repos,” the elaborate residence of Swits and Apama Conde that once stood at the corner of West Fifth and Seneca streets.

OSWEGO — The Oswego County Historical Society will host its annual meeting presentation on May 21 at 1:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the historic Oswego Public Library at 120 E. Second St.

During the membership meeting, board president Justin White will present a brief annual report of the projects and events of the year.

Immediately following, White will give a special encore presentation of the program entitled “Grand Old Homes of Oswego – Gone & Forgotten.”

“The annual meeting is an important part of our organization. We welcome anyone interested in preserving our local history to attend,” said White. “There is always so much that has been accomplished every year and we look forward to sharing it with our members and the community.”

The popular program will focus on the gilded age of Oswego, when impressive homes graced the city neighborhoods and made a distinct impression during the mid-19th and early 20th century.

“Many of the elaborate residences that were once evidence of Oswego prosperity are now long gone,” said White. “Only stories, documents and rare pictures remain as evidence of those seemingly idyllic places.”

The meeting is free and open to the public.

Prospective members are also encouraged to attend to help the society continue to preserve the area’s rich local history.

The yearly membership drive is in effect and membership forms will be available.

The Oswego County Historical Society is a non-profit organization founded in 1896 and dedicated to the preservation, promotion and interpretation of the historical resources of the county.

The society owns and operates the Richardson-Bates House Museum at 135 E. Third St. in Oswego, a landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The museum is open for tours Thursday through Saturday from 1 – 5 p.m. and other times by appointment.

For more information, visit www.rbhousemuseum.org or contact the museum during regular hours at 315-343-1342.