OSWEGO — The Oswego County Historical Society will host the second lecture of the season on May 19 at 1:30 p.m. at the Richardson-Bates House Museum at 135 E. Third St.
Guest lecturer Dr. Terrence Hammill will present a program entitled “The History of Oswego’s Port Authority.”
A professor emeritus of SUNY Oswego and twice mayor of the city of Oswego, Dr. Hammill is the currently the chairman of the board of the Port of Oswego Authority.
This lecture will cover the history of the Oswego’s port and a timeline of development.
Dr. Hammill will discuss his body of research on evolution of the port and the many things he has learned during his tenure as a board trustee.
Background on the key players that had a significant role in the establishment of the port along with the local community atmosphere surrounding that formation will be significant part of the program.
“The historical society is pleased to have Dr. Hammill share his wealth of knowledge on this subject matter.
“The port has always played a major role in Oswego’s economy, going way back to 1799 when Congress established Oswego as the first fresh water port of entry in the United States,” said Justin White, board president of the historical society. “The evolutionary story is a fascinating one and shows the long-term relevance of the port.”
Dr. Hammill has lectured throughout the United State and abroad. Included will be a PowerPoint presentation to illustrate the program.
The event is free and open to the public.
The Oswego County Historical Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the rich history of the county.
The society maintains and operates the Richardson-Bates House Museum, a historic landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The museum is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 1 – 5 p.m. and other days by appointment.
For more information visit the museum website at www.rbhousemuseum.org for regular updates or call during regular hours at 343-1342.