Oswego County Historical Society Welcomes Former Mayor Sullivan as Keynote Speaker for Annual Meeting

OSWEGO — The Oswego County Historical Society will host its annual meeting presentation on May 17 at 1:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the Oswego Public Library at 120 E. Second St.

John T. Sullivan Jr.
John T. Sullivan Jr.

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

Immediately following will be a special keynote presentation entitled “Oswego: 1848 to Present – Restoring an An Aura of Confidence and Optimism,” by John T. Sullivan Jr., former mayor of Oswego.

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

Sullivan will present a PowerPoint program. The presentation title derives from an account in the 1877 History of Oswego County, which alludes to the positive community spirit when the burgeoning village of Oswego officially became a city in 1848.

Sullivan will discuss ways to re-galvanize that spirit and highlight the city’s potential.

An attorney with more than 38 years of experience, Sullivan began his political career at age 23 when he was the youngest person in county history to be elected to the Oswego County Legislature.

He went on to become the mayor of the city of Oswego and also served as chair of the Oswego City Charter Revision Committee.

As mayor of Oswego from 1988-92, along with his wife, Charlotte, he is credited with the formation of Oswego’s famous annual Harborfest.

A graduate of SUNY Oswego, he majored in political science, and went on to graduate from Syracuse University’s College of Law.

He served as chair of the SUNY Oswego College Council, as well as a council member, and as counsel to both the cities of Oswego and Fulton, and as attorney to the Oswego City School District.

He currently resides in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. where he still practices law.

“It is a pleasure to welcome Mr. Sullivan back to his hometown. He has written many insightful articles about his memories of Oswego and the many people who have made an impact. His interest and knowledge of Oswego history always has a refreshing outlook,” added White.

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 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 at www.rbhousemuseum.org or contact the museum during regular hours at 343-1342.

The Oswego County Historical Society will host an annual meeting and keynote presentation on May 17. Oswego native and former city mayor John T. Sullivan Jr. will give a presentation entitled “Oswego: 1848 to Present – Restoring an Aura of Confidence and Optimism,” following a brief business meeting. The event is free and open to the public.