Experience Oswego’s History with the H. Lee White Marine Museum
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With their busiest season upon them, The H. Lee White Museum and Maritime Center is busy planning fun and interesting events for this summer. They have extended their hours for summer to 10am to 5pm Monday through Sunday, so that visitors can explore what’s inside. The museum has exhibits centered on Oswego’s maritime history, Native American connections to our region, the lighthouses that Oswego has had over the years, and the LT-5, a WWII tugboat and National Historic Landmark.
The museum has a busy summer schedule ahead of them. In July, they have a special event just for kids, the Pirate Days. There are two dates that children can attend this event, Thursday, July 11th and Wednesday, July 24th from 10 am – 12 pm. There is limited space available for this popular event and tickets must be purchased in advance. The Kids’ Pirate Days include a treasure hunt, pirate themed games, and crafts. Children are encouraged to dress as a pirate and be part of the crew for this particular event.
A second event that the H. Lee White Marine Museum has planned for this summer is “Celebrating Oswego’s Waterfront.” This event will take place August 3-4 and will feature The Lois McClure, a schooner that is modeled after two 1862-canal schooners that sunk in Lake Champlain. This vessel will be available for tours during the event.
“When someone asks ‘What is there to do here?’ it is terrific when our residents reply with enthusiasm as to where the museums, great restaurants, where fun shops to visit are located or the best paths to walk and bike ride to see historic buildings and of course the best places to view the sunset,” said Mercedes Niess, executive director of the museum. She encourages the community of Oswego to embrace the town’s cultural heritage and to share it with others when possible.
One of the museum’s biggest attractions is the LT-5, a tugboat that served in the Normandy Invasion during World War II and which later served on both Lake Ontario and Lake Erie. It is one of the last remaining operational U.S. Army transport vessels of this type. They also talk about fishing in Lake Ontario and highlight the last U.S. commercial fishing boat, the Eleanor D. In 2011, they opened up a new exhibit on the history of Oswego’s lighthouse. The exhibit includes a lens from the old lighthouse as well as photographs of the four lighthouses that have stood in Oswego’s harbor.
“Oswego has much to offer,” Neiss said. “Each person can play a role in helping to develop our cultural tourism. Visitors may be so impressed they would stay overnight and continue to ‘Experience Oswego’s History!’”