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July 15, 2005

Oswego Museums to Offer Passport

OSWEGO -- Four museums and a historic site in the City of Oswego have introduced an admission passport to encourage tourists to visit all museum locations in the city. The Fort Ontario State Historic Site, H. Lee White Marine Museum, Richardson-Bates House Museum, and Safe Haven Museum now offer a passport for adults and children.

"Our coalition of historical museums successfully staged the Holiday Shop in December, which offered gift items from each of our museums. The passport concept was a natural step in the museums working together and promoting each other," said Mercedes Niess, associate director of the H. Lee White Marine Museum.

Passports cost $10 for adults and $5 for children and are good for one free visit at any site until Dec. 31. The passport offers free admission to each museum and a one-day membership in the Friends of Fort Ontario, entitling the passport holder to a free admission to the fort.

Fort Ontario State Historic Site is located at 1 E. Fourth St. The fort, first built by the British in 1755, is celebrating its 250th anniversary this year. The H. Lee White Marine Museum, spotlighting local maritime history, is located at the 1 W. First St. pier in the Oswego Historic Maritime District. The Richardson-Bates House Museum is a Victorian mansion with five period rooms and exhibits on Oswego County history. Located at 135 E. Third St., the museum is also the home of the Oswego County Historical Society. Safe Haven Museum, which depicts the story of America's only shelter for refugees who escaped the Holocaust during World War II, is located at 2 E. Seventh St. on the grounds of Fort Ontario.

Design and printing of the passport was donated by Oswego Printing.

Passports may be purchased at any museum, Fort Ontario State Historic Site or the Greater Oswego Chamber of Commerce at 44 E. Bridge St. in Oswego.

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