Historical Society

Dr. Mary Walker

This month marks the centennial of the death of Oswego Town’s own Dr. Mary Walker (1832 – 1919), who earned distinction as the first and only woman to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Click Here to see the complete article from Oswego County News Now.

March, 2016 Report

Overseer of the Poor Reocrds 1818-1847 For Oswego Town –A Gift from the Town of Hannibal

Our Intern Janelle, Is Working On The Historical Society Website And Has Indexed Obituaries In Three Volumes.

Working On Grants For The New Museum

First Meeting For The Hist. Society Is Wed. March 16 6;30 Pm At The New Museum. 
Topic; Beginning A Museum 

George DeMass, Historian

October 12, 2015 Report

The next Oswego Town Historical meeting will be October 21, 2015 at 6:30 PM.  The topic is Ontario Orchards  50th Anniversary ,the presenters will be Dennis & June Ouellette.

A cemetery walk will be Friday October 30th at 6:00 PM in Rural Cemetery. A SUNY OSWEGO College class will portray people buried there.

VETERAN’S DAY Program will be Saturday,  November 7 at 10 am at town hall.

Three volunteers, Pat Shortsleeve, Earl Engle and George DeMass washed and cleaned the Dr. Mary Walker Statue on Saturday Oct. 10th. 

George DeMass, Historian

August 10, 2015 Report

Participation in the Sheldon Institute at Oswego Town Rural Cemetery, specifically at Dr. Mary’s grave.
Conducted 4 hr. tour of Walker sites Sat. Aug. 8 at request of Oswego County Hist. Soc.

Acquisitions:
From Norman Simmons estate: Norman’s Eagle Scout badge and sash c. mid 1930’s.

From the Benjamin B. Place family –letter written by Samuel Place first Place in Oswego Town, 1832.

George DeMass, Historian

March 9, 2015 Report

March 9, 2015 Report

Michael, the college intern, continues to work with the Walker archives. 

The new historical marker for Rural Cemetery has arrived and will be placed and dedicated at the site in May 2015.

The 2015 program for the OTHS begins March 18 6:30 pm with a presentation by Reuel Todd of the Todd Cider and Vinegar Mill in Oswego Center.

Granddaughter of George King a merchant in Fruit Valley has given some family paper items and pictures for the archives

George DeMass
Historian

February 9, 2015 Report

Michael Heagerty, a junior at SUNY Oswego, is the intern for the Spring. He will earn 3 credits on completion of the term. He is presently cataloging and indexing the Dr. Mary Walker archives on a spread sheet, available for research.

The historical marker for Rural Cemetery will be delivered in about three weeks. A program for its placement will be held in early May 2015.

The book, TOWN OF OSWEGO, is still selling, especially at river’s end book store.

OSWEGO TOWN HISTORICAL SOCIETY
The 2015 season of meetings will begin March 18 Wednesday 6:30 pm with Sheriff Todd presenting Todd’s Cider and Vinegar Mill.
The program brochure will be available by March 1.

LOCAL HISTORY ON TAP will begin Tuesday, March 3, 7pm at GS Steamers Bar and Grill. The topic will be OSWEGO AND THE HOLOCAUST. The program is a time for discussion about the topic.

November 10, 2014 Report

The Veterans Day program was held Sat. and was well attended including four WW II veterans. The next and last event for 2014 will be the Open House, Sat. Dec. 6 12- 2pm The Concinnity singers will be singing carols

2015 meetings and events will begin in March.

As Town Historian. I am working on the following:

Ecumenical Memorial Service for the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s death this will be held in Oswego City.

A seminar on women’s and social justice issues in conjunction with SUNY Oswego to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Dr. Walker receiving the Medal of Honor. 

A program LOCAL HISTORY ON TAP at a local bar possibly at Alex’s

August 11, 2014 Report

The Town Historian attended the one day seminar sponsored by the Northern Region of the NYS Historical Assoc. on May 2 in Hogansburg, NY. The seminar dealt with pests that get into archives and making archives to local teachers for classroom activities. 

The Pomeroy foundation has awarded a grant of $1050 to the Town Historical Society for an historical marker to be placed at Oswego Town Rural Cemetery stating that it is the resting place for two Medal of Honor recipients, Dr. Mary Edwards Walker and James Lee. 

The Arcadia book TOWN OF OSWEGO will be ready for proof reading by the first week of June and will be published Aug. 11. 

The May meeting of OTHS will be Wed. May 21, 6:30 pm. The program will be on the Perry Inn on top of Perry Hill and will be presented by present residents, Dr. and Mrs. Michael Nupuf.
The house is two hundred years old this year, 2014.

The annual Memorial Day service will be held at Oswego Town Rural Monday MAY 26th 10 AM the national day of memorial. 
Special honor and attention will be given to Medal of Honor recipient James Lee of the Kearsage and Alabama battle occurring 150 years ago this June

May 12, 2014 Report

The Town Historian attended the one day seminar sponsored by the Northern Region of the NYS Historical Assoc. on May 2 in Hogansburg, NY. The seminar dealt with pests that get into archives and making archives to local teachers for classroom activities. 

The Pomeroy foundation has awarded a grant of $1050 to the Town Historical Society for an historical marker to be placed at Oswego Town Rural Cemetery stating that it is the resting place for two Medal of Honor recipients, Dr. Mary Edwards Walker and James Lee. 

The Arcadia book TOWN OF OSWEGO will be ready for proof reading by the first week of June and will be published Aug. 11. 

The May meeting of OTHS will be Wed. May 21, 6:30 pm. The program will be on the Perry Inn on top of Perry Hill and will be presented by present residents, Dr. and Mrs. Michael Nupuf.
The house is two hundred years old this year, 2014.

The annual Memorial Day service will be held at Oswego Town Rural Monday MAY 26th 10 AM the national day of memorial. 
Special honor and attention will be given to Medal of Honor recipient James Lee of the Kearsage and Alabama battle occurring 150 years ago this June

April 14, 2014 Report

Accessions: two hymn books of Frank L. Simmons of S W. Oswego a contemporary book on AVON, INC. a postcard picture of Cobblestone Schoolhouse, southside view Old Home Day costume by Carolyn Leach Dennis and her grandmother, Mrs. Sheldon’s coat.

A grant has been requested from the Pomeroy Foundation for an historical marker for Rural Cemetery, informing the public of the resting place of two Medal of Honor recipients.