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Oswego Town Historical Society To Unveil Model for Dr. Mary Walker Statue

OSWEGO TOWN, NY – The Oswego Town Historical Society will present the first official unveiling of the model for the Dr. Mary Walker statue on Nov.  8 at 1 p.m. in the historic Richardson-Bates House Museum at 135 East Third Street in Oswego.

Born in the town of Oswego in 1832 and lifelong resident, Dr. Walker was a pioneer female physician, a powerful advocate of dress reform and a leader in the women’s rights movement.

The Oswego Town Historical Society will host an unveiling of the model of the Dr. Mary Walker statue on Nov. 8 at the historic Richardson-Bates House Museum in Oswego. Pictured is Justin White, Oswego County Historian and trustee for the Richardson-Bates House; and Theresa Cooper of the Oswego Town Historical Society and Dr. Mary Walker statute committee member.
The Oswego Town Historical Society will host an unveiling of the model of the Dr. Mary Walker statue on Nov. 8 at the historic Richardson-Bates House Museum in Oswego. Pictured is Justin White, Oswego County Historian and trustee for the Richardson-Bates House; and Theresa Cooper of the Oswego Town Historical Society and Dr. Mary Walker statute committee member.

She is most recognized as the only woman ever to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor for her services during the Civil War.

“The Oswego Town Historical Society has been working for many years now to establish a public memorial in honor of Dr. Mary Walker,” said Theresa Cooper, committee chair and historical society treasurer. “The last step in the process is the actual model and now we can show the public our vision and raise the final amount needed to complete this project.”

The town has raised the majority of funds necessary and is working towards the final goal. Members of the town historical society have been working to the fund project, while the statue committee has been overseeing the actual process of finding the right artist with the right vision.

The committee has selected Oswego County artist Sharon BuMann of BuMann Sculpture Studio.

It is anticipated the project will be completed by next year.

“It has been a very detailed and involved process,” said Cooper. “There were a number of artists interested and ideas presented. It was very important to capture the essence of Dr. Mary Walker. Sharon not only expressed the passion for the project, but shared the same
vision.”

BuMann is well recognized for her public works, including the Jerry Rescue Monument in Clinton Square in Syracuse.

Her butter sculptures through the years at the New York State Fair have been popular. She has recently expanded her studio to include technical services for the restoration of existing bronze monuments.

BuMann will discuss her vision for statue of Dr. Walker and the artistic process involved along the way.

This is the first time it will be revealed to the public. A special display of the history of the town of Oswego is also open for view.

In collaboration with the Oswego County Historical Society, this display has been put together is cooperation the Oswego Town Historical Society in the Temporary Exhibit Gallery space on the second floor of the museum.

The exhibit features points of interest from the town history, including Dr. Walker’s famous top hat and boots.

Other items of interest on display memorabilia are from David McConnell, born in the town of Oswego in 1858 and founder of Avon Products.

A Columbia Doll created by the Adams sisters of the town of Oswego in the 1890s is also on display.

The exhibit is currently open for view at the museum Thursdays – Saturdays from 1 – 5 p.m. and will be on display until Nov. 8.

The Oswego Town Historical Society was founded in 1982 to preserve and promote the history of the town.

During that time, the society has been active in hosting historical events, displays, lecture series and annual fund-raisers.

For more information about the event, call the Oswego Town Hall at 343-2586.