OSWEGO – Several area museums and historic sites have planned special events to spotlight Oswego County’s rich heritage during New York State “Path through History Weekends” June 7 and 8, and June 14 and 15.
“The Path through History program focuses on New York State’s historic sites and museums, and the many significant events and people from New York State who helped shape the history of our nation,” said Janet Clerkin, Oswego County Tourism Coordinator. “The first two weekends in June are set aside as Path through History Weekends to encourage residents and visitors to visit the wonderful heritage sites across New York State. In Oswego County, visitors will have a chance to take self-guided tours of historic communities, tour an ornate Victorian home, and view artifacts relating to Oswego County’s role in the Revolutionary War, Underground Railroad, the 70th commemoration of D-Day, Safe Haven refugees, and women’s rights activist and Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Dr. Mary Walker.”
Path through History events in Oswego County include:
• Mexico Historical Society Museum, 65 S. Jefferson St. http://www.mexicony.net/history. Free admission, guided tour and open house, June 6 starting at 4 p.m., June 7 starting at 10 a.m., June 13 starting at 4 p.m., and June 14 stating at 10 a.m.
• Starr Clark Tin Shop and Underground Railroad Museum, 3250 Main St., Mexico, https://www.facebook.com/StarrClarkTinShopUndergroundRailRoad. Free admission, guided tour and open house, June 6 starting at 4 p.m., June 7 starting at 10 a.m., June 13 starting at 4 p.m., and June 14 stating at 10 a.m.
• Historic Mexico Walking Tour, starting at Mexico Historical Society Museum 65 S. Jefferson St. Self-guided walking or driving tour of historic homes in the village of Mexico. Starts at noon June 6, 7, 13 and 14. 1½ mile, brochure available at historical society museum.
• Historic Volney. June 7, 10 a.m. Self-guided driving tour of historic homes, structures and sites of interest in the town of Volney. May be taken at one’s leisure. Map is available at the town hall, 1445 County Route 6, or by e-mailing [email protected]
• Richardson- Bates House Museum, 135 E. Third St., Oswego, www.rbhousemuseum.org. June 7 and 14, 1 to 5 p.m. Free admission, guided tours to home of Oswego County Historical Society. Exhibits focus on women’s rights activist Dr. Mary Walker, arts and culture of the Victorian age, canals and commerce in the Port City and Oswego County history.
• 70th anniversary of D-Day Commemoration, H. Lee White Marine Museum, West First Street Pier, Oswego, www.hleewhitemarinemuseum.com. June 7, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. WWII re-enactments and exhibits, tours of US Army tugboat, LT-5, which participated in the invasion of Normandy, and a related history presentation at 1:30 p.m. Donation requested.
• Fort Ontario Flag Day Commemoration, “History of the American Flag and Flags Over Fort Ontario,” Fort Ontario State Historic Site, 1 E. Fourth St., Oswego. June 13, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission $1. Co-sponsored by the Oswego Elks, Continental Arms Collectors Unit and NYS Parks.
• Revolutionary War Encampment, Fort Ontario State Historic Site, 1 E. Fourth St., Oswego, www.fortontario.com, and http://nysparks.com/historic-sites/20/details.aspx . June 14, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. 18th century games, musketry, cooking, colonial crafts, artillery, camp life and tactical weapons demonstration. Evening retreat and artillery fighting. Regular admission charged.
• Safe Haven Museum and Education Center, 2 E. Seventh St., Oswego, www.oswegohaven.org. June 7 and 8 and 14 and 15, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission free to museum and education center that commemorates America’s only shelter for Nazi Holocaust survivors.
For more information on Path through History, visit http://pathcentralny.com and www.paththroughistoryweekends.com
For Oswego County visitor information and heritage attractions, go to www.visitoswegocounty.com or call 1-800-248-4386.