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May 13, 2013 Report

The Town Historian spoke at the Sunrise Rotary on Dr. Mary Walker.

ARCADIA Publishing accepted the Town Historian’s proposal for a book on the town of Oswego and Dr. Mary. It will include 180-220 pictures and descriptive texts. The book should be ready by Christmas 2013.

The next Hist. Society meeting will be Wed. May 15th 6:30 pm. The topic will be the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.

The annual Memorial Day serivce at Oswego town Rural will be Monday May 27th. 10 am with the Rev. Rick Siviers as guest speaker.

Plans are being formed for a ceremony Mon. July 1 at the Oswego Co. monument at Gettysburg to comemmorate the 150th anniversary of the battle. 

The plans are being done by our Town Historian one of the few surviving members of the centennial committee fifty years ago.

March 11, 2013 Report

As Town Historian I will represent the Town at the ceremony for Dr. Mary Walker sponsored by the Medal of Honor Grove this Thurs. March 14, 2013 near Valley Forge, PA.

I will speak at the N. Y . State Library in April for a book review A MEDAL FOR MARY by Polly Craig

Justin White, Co. Historian and I will do a presentation on Dr. Mary at the N Y State Conference for Historians in Syracuse in April

The first meeting 2013 of the Oswego Town Hist. Soc. will be Wed. March 20 6:30 pm It will be an Open House to view the newly compiled volumes on local history and to discover what the Society offers. The 2013 program brochure will be available.

February 11, 2013 Report

Seven inquiries have come to the Town Historian’s desk in the last month—inquires that include Dr. Mary, the amusement park across from Rudy’s, burials at Rural Cemetery and info. on Mentro and Russell Streets near the college–roads no longer in existence.

One large acquisition: a chair from Dr. Mary’s Bunker Hill home from the auction in the 1920’s purchased by Harger Woodworth Sr. and given to the Hist. Society by Harger Woodworth Jr.

A Historical Society program brochure is being produced with topics for the 2013 season.

The first meeting will be Wed. March 20 6:30 pm. It will be an open house to”show off” the compiled archival material for research. Some items of Dr. Jerome Coe a prominent Syracuse physician and Oswego Town Civil War vet will also be on display

August 13, 2012 Report

Two new books featuring Dr. Mary Walker are now added to our library of books. 

A Medal For Dr. Mary donated and written by Polly Craig of Georgia. 

Medal of Honor 150 Years of the Courage and Sacrifice; an article on Dr. Mary Walker is featured in this magazine. 

Our next historical society event will be a candlelight cemetery walk at Rural Cemetery on Saturday September 8, 2012 at 6 PM, this will be honoring War of 1812 Veterans.

June 11, 2012 Report

The Memorial Day was very rainy, but 35 attended including 2 World War II Veterans. We had positive comments regarding how nice the cemetery and garage were.

Some personal items of Dr. Mary Walker are on display at Richardson-Bates House.

Tim DeSacia has designed a safety protection guard for in front of the Walker Statue.

I am taking our boxed archived records and putting them in 3 ring binders for ease if anyone is doing research.

Our next historical meeting is June 20th at 6pm, town hall and the topic will be dairy, much and fruit farming in the town.

March 12, 2012 Report

The Walker statue in front of town hall is geo-cached as well as her grave at Rural Cemetery. 

Plans for the dedication are proceeding. 

Posters are being made for publicity. 

A reception for dignitaries will be held at the Richardson-Bates House Friday evening 7 pm. Some of Dr. Walker’s personal effects including the Medal of Honor will be on display. 

342 A Bus Shuttle service courtesy of Allen Chase of Chase Enterprises has been acquired gratis for the event. 

The March meeting of the Historical . Society is this Sat. March 17, 10 am. The topic is TITANIC–100 YEARS LATER.

A new display ‘Houses of Rt. 104 West’ is being prepared for the bulletin board. Some of the pictures show 104 when it was dirt.

February 13, 2012 Report

Plans for the statue dedication are proceeding on schedule. 

Sharon BuMann, the sculptor, has informed us of “patina” problems. She will remedy that. It is a foundry issue. 

The first meeting of the Historical Society will be Sat. February 18th , 10 am at the Town Hall. Topic of discussion is Nathaniel Laird, the oldest person to have lived in Oswego Town. He died in 1894 at age 111. His great-grandson is Norman Simmons of Fruit Valley. 

A brochure listing the 2012 events for the Society will be distributed. 

Dr. Walker’s second book, UNMASKED, is very rare. Just recently, three copies have appeared on a book site. I did secure one for my collection and eventually give that to our Archives here. 

I have been invited by the 150th. Anniversary committee of St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church in Oswego to share at the three Masses sometime in May about Dr. Walker and the Civil War.

January 9, 2012 Report

I will be working with the Town of Minetto Historian Cathy Mulcahey to help us with plans for the 200th anniversary of West Fifth St. Rd in 2013. 

The Oswego City Public Library is looking for evidence that Gerritt Smith visited Oswego City. Dr. Mary Walker wrote an article to the Palladium Times in 1907 saying that Mr. Smith visited her father’s farm on Bunker Hill in the Town of Oswego when she was a small girl.

September 12, 2011 Report

The 3rd Annual Cemetery Walk in Oswego Town Rural Cemetery was held Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011 at 10AM. The walk was contained to Old Acre, the oldest part of the cemetery founded in 1820.

19 people and 15 geese joined the tour. This was sponsored by the Oswego Town Historical Society. Four of our oldest members were in attendance Nancy Thompson Ravas, Thelma Campbell Smith, Norman Simmons and Chuck Sabin.

I will be attending a workshop at the Manlius Town Hall Thursday, Sept 15th on digitalizing pictures and records. 

The regular September meeting of the Oswego Town Historical Society will be Wed Sept. 21st, 6pm at the Town Hall.

Mr. Tim Nekritz from SUNY Oswego will talk about the early years of the college and its founder, Dr. Edwin Austin Sheldon.

July 11, 2011 Report

Accessions:

Airplane watch tower guide WWII for tower on Heald Hill from Harger Woodworth

Photos and memorabilia of Dr. Mary Walker from Byron Worden estate given by Ted Sivers 

Ice Cream Social in the park Tues. July 12, 2011 6 pm Mexico Brass performing.