OSWEGO – History buffs gathered at the Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center in the Port City for the sixth annual Oswego International War of 1812 Symposium.
From April 1 to 3, attendees gleaned fresh insights about the campaign and celebrated local history in honor of Oswego County’s bicentennial.
“This symposium is a prominent international history event and attracts many top historians from across the U.S., Canada and beyond,” said Fort Ontario State Historic Site Superintendent Paul Lear, chairman of the symposium committee. “Through their presentations, the audience heard new and interesting perspectives on the people and events that were either involved in, or affected by, the war.”
“This year, we also welcomed our local historians to mark the county’s bicentennial. They covered the early years of this area and the establishment of Fort Oswego as well as the impact of the war and how it led to the formation of the county 200 years ago,” he added.
Speakers included SUNY Oswego history professor Dr. Richard Weyhing, Oswego County Historian Justin White, Lear, retired Canadian Army Maj. Sandy Antal, retired U.S. Army Maj. Dr. Richard Barbuto, naval historian Dr. Gary M. Gibson, historian Dianne Graves, and military historian Donald Graves.
Participants also engaged with many exhibitors and vendors including living history presenters Bill Bamann and Ted Scofield, Continental Arms Collectors Association, Fort Ontario State Historic Site, Man in the Moon Candies, Old Fort Niagara Association; Oswego County Tourism; Sackets Harbor Battlefield Alliance; New York State Archives Partnership Trust, www.visitoswegony.com; U.S. Army Heritage Center at Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and the U.S. Daughters of the War of 1812, General Jacob Brown Chapter.
The Port of Oswego Authority generously sponsored the luncheon on Saturday.
Other supporters were Friends of Fort Ontario; Sackets Harbor Battlefield Alliance; Oswego County Tourism Advisory Council; Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center; New York State Archives Partnership Trust; Pathfinder Bank; Man in the Moon Candies; JP Jewelers; Oswego Elks Lodge #271; Dain-Cullinan Funeral Home, Inc.; J.R. Comerford & Son Heating and Plumbing; Raby’s Ace Home Center; SUNY Oswego; Ensign Heritage Group; the Palladium-Times; Oswego County Today; City of Oswego; and the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning.
For more great events and visitor information, contact the Oswego County Tourism Office at 315-349-8322 or go to www.visitoswegocounty.com