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Oswego County Historical Society’s 31st Annual Silent Auction Fundraiser Set April 6

The 31st Annual "Not So Silent Auction" fundraiser for the Oswego County Historical Society will be held on April 6. Pictured center is auction co-chair Mary Kay Stone with the honor of selling advance tickets to supporters Oswego City Mayor Billy Barlow, left, and Oswego County Legislature Chairman Shane Broadwell.

The 31st Annual "Not So Silent Auction" fundraiser for the Oswego County Historical Society will be held on April 6. Pictured center is auction co-chair Mary Kay Stone with the honor of selling advance tickets to supporters Oswego City Mayor Billy Barlow, left, and Oswego County Legislature Chairman Shane Broadwell.

OSWEGO — The Oswego County Historical Society is proudly celebrating the 31st annual “Not So Silent Auction” to be held on April 6 from 6 – 9 p.m. at The American Foundry at 246 W. Seneca St. in Oswego.

Tickets are $20 and are available for purchase in advance and at the door the day of the event.

The 31st Annual "Not So Silent Auction" fundraiser for the Oswego County Historical Society will be held on April 6. Pictured center is auction co-chair Mary Kay Stone with the honor of selling advance tickets to supporters Oswego City Mayor Billy Barlow, left, and Oswego County Legislature Chairman Shane Broadwell.
The 31st Annual “Not So Silent Auction” fundraiser for the Oswego County Historical Society will be held on April 6. Pictured center is auction co-chair Mary Kay Stone with the honor of selling advance tickets to supporters Oswego City Mayor Billy Barlow, left, and Oswego County Legislature Chairman Shane Broadwell.

A light buffet with refreshments is included with admission and a cash bar will be available.

“The silent auction is the primary fundraiser of the year for the Oswego County Historical Society. Every year local businesses, individuals and society members continue to generously contribute amazing items including gift certificates antiques, artwork and collectibles of all kinds,” said Mary Kay Stone, co-char of the event. “There truly is something for everyone. It is an enjoyable time to meet with others that appreciate and value the history of our community.”

Among some of the unique items for bid is a painting by Oswego artist Jeanne Kraft.

Kraft was a graphic designer for packaging at Sealright Corporation for more than 40 years and was an avid artist.

“Jeanne and her family frequently traveled to Florida, where the painting setting is of a scene of the famous Everglades” said Justin white, board trustees of the historical society. “Her brother Frank was an art teacher for the Oswego school district and also well-known for his popular watercolor paintings. I believe the Kraft family would appreciate that a work of art by Jeanne was donated to help support the museum.”

Another work special item is a limited edition serigraph by artist Linda Le Kinff titled “La Promise.”

Le Kinff is a native of France and has studied art in many countries, beginning her studies in Italy.

She worked in a variety of genres of art and trained in techniques such as tempera, gold leaf, printmaking and engraving.

The serigraph technique allows for a high quality print of the original.

“It is an honor that many quality items have been donation to support the museum now and in the future,” added White. “With an item like this the auction brings home a lasting memento that also supports a worthy cause.”

In addition to the silent auction portion of the evening, local auctioneer Ted Sivers will conduct a live auction that will feature some of the more unique items up for bid.

The popular Chinese style auction that offers chances on themed gift baskets will again be available.

Another special feature will be antique appraisal opportunity by Gerald Petro of Iroquois Auctions.

Every ticket will include one free appraisal with additional appraisals $5 each.

“All funds raised by the event go to the support of the programs and services provided by the historical society, including the operation of the Richardson-Bates House Museum,” said Jennifer Mays, co-chair of the committee. “We invite everyone who wants to help support this local treasure to attend this important event.”

The Oswego County Historical Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the rich history of Oswego County.

The society owns and maintains the Richardson-Bates House Museum.

For more information about the auction, to make donation of an item or become a sponsor call the museum at 315-343-1342.