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Woods Joins AmeriCorps Team at Fort Ontario

OSWEGO, NY – Preparations are under way at Fort Ontario State Historic Site for the 2012 programming season as Steven Woods will soon join the garrison through the Oswego County AmeriCorps program.

With more than 12 years of experience with museums and historic sites, Woods will bring a wealth of information, imagination, and enthusiasm to the site.

Ian Mumpton (left) and Steve Woods of the AmeriCorps program hone their Hanger skills in preparation for the 2012 season at Fort Ontario.  The fort will open for its 257th year on May 19 and close October 14.
Ian Mumpton (left) and Steve Woods of the AmeriCorps program hone their Hanger skills in preparation for the 2012 season at Fort Ontario. The fort will open for its 257th year on May 19 and close October 14.

Woods will join continuing AmeriCorps member Ian Mumpton in creating historical public programming designed to make history come alive for all ages and encourage youth to become more physically active.

Mumpton and Woods have been working together to offer exciting new programs at the fort on topics such as 18th century close quarters combat, historical espionage, and siege warfare.

“We’re working on some great new material to work into daily interpretation,” said Mumpton, “We are especially looking forward our June 30-July1 French and Indian war event. Visitors should look forward to some programming that they’ve never seen before, including an 18th century prize-fight with mock sword, halberd, tomahawk, and bayonet.”

In addition to public programming, the pair are expanding last season’s extremely popular Fort Ontario Summer Youth Program, where youth between the ages of 8 and 16 participated in historical sports, games, military drill, martial arts, and other activities designed to teach them about what life was like throughout the 250 years that Fort Ontario has existed.

While registration for the program doesn’t open until mid-May, “We are already getting calls asking if it’s going to be available this year,” said Mumpton, “I’m happy to say that yes it is, and better than ever.”

“I’m excited to be working at the fort again this season,” said Woods, “It’s a great team and a truly unique opportunity to develop new programming for the site.”

“Ian Mumpton and Steve Woods are a dynamic history duo, it will be like having Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig on the Fort Ontario team; they produce great material and will inspire local youth to get involved in history and become more physically active,” said Paul Lear, superintendent at Fort Ontario, “I’m very pleased that Steve will be joining us this season, and we’re thankful to Oswego County AmeriCorps and the Friends of Fort Ontario for making this possible. With all the work that our staff has been putting in, and Governor’s Cuomo’s plans to make infrastructure improvements at Fort Ontario and other State Parks facilities, this is going to
be an exciting season at the fort.”

Fort Ontario is located on East Fourth Street in Oswego.

For information about upcoming events, visit www.fortontario.comor call 315-343-4711.