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December 21, 2009

Oswego County Web Site Features Virtual Tours of Area Museums

Joe Galutz points to the display of prehistoric artifacts found near the Brewerton Blockhouse. (Photo by Jessica Burt.)

Village historian MaryLou Morrow holds her favorite artifact at the Pulaski Historical Society Museum, a mass of melted iron from hardware that was destroyed in a 19th century fire in downtown Pulaski. (Photo by Jessica Burt.)

OSWEGO - The newest addition to Oswego County's tourism Web site features a colorful glimpse at the past through photo tours of area museums. Visitors can get a close-up view of the collections in two of Oswego County's local museums, and more historic sites will soon be added to the collection.

“Oswego County has a rich and compelling history, and the county tourism Web site is a wonderful means of sharing it,” said David Turner, Director of the Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. “The first two museums we explored are the Pulaski Historical Society Museum and the Fort Brewerton Oliver Stevens Blockhouse. Our goal is to develop a photo tour of every museum and historical attraction in the county.”

The photos, research and Web design are developed by County Public Information Officer Jessica Trump Burt. Each tour contains more than 20 photos with descriptions of collections and artifacts inside the museum.

“The virtual tour of the Pulaski Historical Society was so well done we are sure people will want to visit the museum to make an actual tour to view some of the artifacts of Pulaski's history,” said Mary Lou Morrow, Village Historian and museum curator.

The Pulaski site reflects the rich manufacturing and agricultural heritage that evolved along the banks of the Salmon River over the last three centuries. Excerpts from Terry Rossman's “Pulaski: Oswego County's Factory Town” and Morrow's narrative highlight the tour.

Other interesting displays tell the stories of devastating fires that destroyed the village business center during the 19th century, uniforms, posters, and weapons dating back to the Civil War, ladies' fashions, and a number of pieces of original artwork that chronicle village life.

The Fort Brewerton tour is led by museum members Elliot Wood and Joe Galutz. Highlights of the tour are the displays of the fascinating Native American artifacts, weapons and tools found on the fort grounds, and the story of the first white family to settle in Brewerton, the Oliver Stevens family.

Visitors will also learn about the glass factories that were located along the north shore of Oneida Lake, boatbuilding on Oneida Lake, and the military service of local residents in our nation's wars. The museum building is a replica of the 1789 blockhouse and stands near the original earth works of Fort Brewerton.

“The Historical Virtual Photo Tours give the general public a sample of the museums and historic attractions in our area,” said Burt. “Many times people hear about a museum or drive by one, but they don't go in and see it because they don't know what is inside. Now they can get a preview and if they like it, we are hoping they'll take the time to visit in person.”

The photo tours can be found online at www.visitoswegocounty.com/tn/HistoricalSites/PhotoTours.aspx.

The county tourism site also contains a genealogy section with an extensive listing of more than 180 cemeteries and a section on the War of 1812 bicentennial activities.

“We know that people from outside of our area as well as local residents have an interest in tracing their family heritage,” said Turner. “The tourism site contains a wealth of information for people who are interested in genealogy.”

The tourism staff will be contacting remaining museums in the county to schedule a photo session. For information, call 349-8322 or by .

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