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May 2, 2016

Symposium Concludes with Large Numbers and Focus on Local History


OSWEGO - History buffs gathered at the Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center in the Port City for the sixth annual Oswego International War of 1812 Symposium. From Friday, April 1 to Sunday, April 3, attendees gleaned fresh insights about the campaign and celebrated local history in honor of Oswego County's bicentennial.

"This symposium is a prominent international history event and attracts many top historians from across the U.S., Canada and beyond," said Fort Ontario State Historic Site Superintendent Paul Lear, chairman of the symposium committee. "Through their presentations, the audience heard new and interesting perspectives on the people and events that were either involved in, or affected by, the war.

"This year, we also welcomed our local historians to mark the county's bicentennial. They covered the early years of this area and the establishment of Fort Oswego as well as the impact of the war and how it led to the formation of the county 200 years ago."

Speakers included SUNY Oswego history professor Dr. Richard Weyhing, Oswego County Historian Justin White, Fort Ontario State Historic Site Superintendent Paul Lear, retired Canadian Army Maj. Sandy Antal, retired U.S. Army Maj. Dr. Richard Barbuto, naval historian Dr. Gary M. Gibson, historian Dianne Graves, and military historian Donald Graves.

Participants also engaged with many exhibitors and vendors including living history presenters Bill Bamann and Ted Scofield, Continental Arms Collectors Association, Fort Ontario State Historic Site, Man in the Moon Candies, Old Fort Niagara Association; Oswego County Tourism; Sackets Harbor Battlefield Alliance; New York State Archives Partnership Trust, www.visitoswegony.com; U.S. Army Heritage Center at Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and the U.S. Daughters of the War of 1812, General Jacob Brown Chapter.

The Port of Oswego Authority generously sponsored the luncheon on Saturday. Other supporters were Friends of Fort Ontario; Sackets Harbor Battlefield Alliance; Oswego County Tourism Advisory Council; Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center; New York State Archives Partnership Trust; Pathfinder Bank; Man in the Moon Candies; JP Jewelers; Oswego Elks Lodge #271; Dain-Cullinan Funeral Home, Inc.; J.R. Comerford & Son Heating and Plumbing; Raby's Ace Home Center; SUNY Oswego; Ensign Heritage Group; The Palladium-Times; Oswego County Today; City of Oswego; and the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning.

For more great events and visitor information, contact the Oswego County Tourism Office at 315-349-8322 or go to tourism@oswegocounty.com.

SYMPOSIUM DRAWS LARGE NUMBERS - The Oswego International War of 1812 Symposium marked record attendance at the sixth annual event earlier this month at the Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center. The audience enjoyed various presentations about the war and celebrated local history for Oswego County's bicentennial. Speakers pictured from left are Oswego County Historian Justin White, retired Canadian Army Maj. Sandy Antal, naval historian Dr. Gary M. Gibson, retired U.S. Army Maj. Dr. Richard Barbuto, military historian Donald Graves, historian Dianne Graves, and Fort Ontario State Historic Site Superintendent Paul Lear. For more events and information about local history, contact the Oswego County Tourism Office at 315-349-8322 or go to visitoswegocounty.com.

LOCAL HISTORY FEATURED AT SYMPOSIUM - Dr. Richard Weyhing, history professor at SUNY Oswego, answers questions after his presentation "Before 1812: The Establishment of Fort Oswego and the 'Sixty Year's War' for North America," which examines David Curtis Skaggs' idea of a "Sixty Years' War" that waged for control of North American between 1754 and 1814. The sixth annual Oswego International War of 1812 Symposium was held April 1 to 3 at the Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center in Oswego. For more great events and information about local history, contact the Oswego County Tourism Office at 315-349-8322 or go to visitoswegocounty.com.


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