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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.

June 13, 2011 Report

The Memorial Day ceremony was well attended with over 88 people in attendance. We had Captain Spears from Fort Drum as our guest speaker. I would like to thank cemetery superintendent John Knopp and his crew for having the cemetery in good shape, it has not been easy with all the rain we have had. We will be putting up the Oswego Town race car driver’s pictures again because people have been asking about it. Our next meeting is June 15th at 6:00 PM and we are asking people to bring in historical items to show and tell.