OSWEGO, NY – Peg McKinstry is a Community Champion in many ways.
She is one of those people you see everywhere: volunteering, raising awareness, supporting others.
One of McKinstry’s passions is historic preservation and it is for her work in this area that Recognizing Oswego County is honoring her.
“Through her work at the Oswego County Historical Society and the Richardson-Bates House Museum, Peg has been a passionate voice for preserving Oswego’s past and making it available to today’s generations. Peg truly encompasses what it means to be a community advocate and champion,” said ROC member, Jacqueline Wallace.
Recognizing Oswego County focuses on the positive efforts that are being made in the community.
Each month ROC uses this recognition effort as a platform for emphasizing the wonderful work that is happening in Oswego County to promote the health and wellness of children, families and adults.
A theme is selected each month and nominations for Community Champions are solicited.
McKinstry is an avid volunteer, immersing herself in causes that help the Oswego community.
One of those causes is preserving Oswego’s rich history.
“History is so important. We need to learn where we have been in order to understand where we are,” McKinstry said.
McKinstry has been a member of the Oswego County Historical Society for 15 years, and served as president for 6 years.
She played a pivotal role in preserving the Richardson-Bates House, which was given to the Historical Society in 1947.
When county and state funding was eliminated about 10 years ago, McKinstry and the society were adamant about keeping the house open.
Through much hard work and community support, the Richardson-Bates House Museum remains open three days per week from March through December and is one of Oswego’s historic treasures.
Another initiative that McKinstry championed is a cooperative effort among all the historical societies in Oswego County.
As external funding for historical programming has diminished, McKinstry felt the need to work with other groups and cooperate as much as possible.
Today, the group is coordinated by Oswego County Tourism and works promote and coordinate events.
McKinstry is quick to acknowledge her peers’ dedication and hard work.
“There are many volunteers who support these efforts because they feel it is important and worth the time, effort and money they put into it,” McKinstry said.
McKinstry noted that the Oswego County Historical Society is very active, hosting many historical and fund-raising events throughout the year including a lecture series, a holiday open house, summer family fun day, and the annual “not-so-silent auction.”
This year, volunteers from the Richardson-Bates House Museum are working on an educational program that will provide lesson plans that can be presented at local schools.
For more information about the Oswego County Historical Society and the Richardson-Bates House Museum, visit the museum website at www.rbhousemuseum.org or call during regular hours at 343-1342.
ROC members include representatives from a broad range of community organizations as well as individual community members.
New members are welcome.
Monthly meetings are held from 8-9:15 a.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the Oswego County Federal Credit Union, 90 E. Bridge St.
For more information visit Recognizing Oswego County-ROC Facebook page or contact [email protected]