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September 20, 2018

Rotarians hear about Fort Ontario’s history


FULTON, NY – Paul Lear recently spoke to the Fulton Rotary Club.

He was introduced by Nancy Kush Ellis.

Paul is the Historic Site Manager for Fort Ontario in Oswego.

Paul Lear and Nancy Kush Ellis

Paul Lear and Nancy Kush Ellis

Paul works for the Central New York State Parks Commission, who administers Fort Ontario.

Paul spoke about the history of Fort Ontario from the beginning in 1754 until the present.

In the early years, Fort Ontario seemed to have a problem of being burnt down by the enemy every few years.

The good thing was that the country that controlled the Fort kept rebuilding it.

It is still an important part of our history in Oswego County.

From the French and Indian War to the last days of World War II, Fort Ontario can lay claim to being connected to every major military conflict in U.S. history.

The Friends of the Fort have a small budget and keep offering special programs about the fort.

On April 5 – 7, they will offer an Oswego War of 1812 Symposium at the new Lake Ontario Convention Center.

They also offer onsite programming and guided tours of Fort.

The annual Flag Day celebration on June 14 is also an interesting program at the fort.

If you are interested in any of the programs at the fort or have an interest in the War of 1812, please contact Paul at Fort Ontario.

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