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Oswego County Historical Society to Host Presentation on 200th Anniversary of Battle of Oswego at Annual Meeting

OSWEGO – The annual meeting presentation for the Oswego County Historical Society will be held on May 4 at 1:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the Oswego Public Library, 120 E. Second St.

The Oswego County Historical Society will host an annual meeting on May 4. Following a brief business meeting, Fort Ontario State Historic Site superintendent Paul Lear will give a presentation entitled “An objective of lesser proportions: the May 5-6, 1814 Battle of Oswego,” in recognitions of the 200th anniversary of the battle that took place in Oswego. This historical sketch depicts a view of the Battle of Oswego (Courtesy of Fort Ontario State Historic Site).
The Oswego County Historical Society will host an annual meeting on May 4. Following a brief business meeting, Fort Ontario State Historic Site superintendent Paul Lear will give a presentation entitled “An objective of lesser proportions: the May 5-6, 1814 Battle of Oswego,” in recognitions of the 200th anniversary of the battle that took place in Oswego. This historical sketch depicts a view of the Battle of Oswego (Courtesy of Fort Ontario State Historic Site).

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

Immediately following the annual meeting will be a special presentation of the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Oswego by Paul Lear, superintendent of the Fort Ontario State Historic Site in Oswego.

“The annual meeting is an important part of our organization. We welcome all members and any interested parties to attend and participate,” said White. “So much has been accomplished over the last year and we look forward to sharing that with our members and the community.”

Following a business meeting, Lear will present a PowerPoint  program entitled “An objective of lesser proportions: the May 5-6, 1814 Battle of Oswego.”

A bicentennial recognition of the War of 1812 has been featured during the last few years in Oswego at a popular symposium organized by the local War of 1812 committee.

“Mr. Lear has headed this committee which has worked diligently to organize an impressive annual conference held in Oswego. It has highlighted the significant role of Upstate New York in what is often called ‘The Forgotten War,'” said White.

Oswego was mostly wilderness at this time, with a very small population of civilians.

This program brings to life the idea of what it would have been like to witness British ships storming the Oswego harbor and their troops climbing the shorelines in an attack on the fort.

The meeting is free and open to the public.

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

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 pm and other times by appointment.

For more information visit the website atwww.rbhousemuseum.org or contact the museum during regular hours at 343-1342.