Oswego Canal Festival features U.S. Navy National Museum exhibit

The H. Lee White Marine Museum welcomes the traveling exhibit, “War of 1812: A Nation Forged By War,” now through Sept. 30. The display will be featured along with the Lois McClure during the Oswego Canal Festival over Labor Day weekend.

The H. Lee White Marine Museum is hosting a traveling mini-exhibit, “War of 1812: A Nation Forged By War,” from the National Museum of the United States Navy.

Now through Sunday, Sept. 30, the exhibit is on display in New York State Canal Derrick Boat No. 8 on West First Street Pier in Oswego.

“We are very fortunate to be able to present this display highlighting our county’s maritime history,” said Mercedes Niess, executive director of the H. Lee White Marine Museum. “Lake Ontario has played an integral role in U.S. and New York State history. It was significant during the War of 1812 as British and American forces battled for control of the lake and, by extension, the war.”

The temporary exhibit illustrates the role that military forces from the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and U.S. Revenue Cutter Service played in securing European recognition of the U. S. as a truly independent nation.

Visitors will learn the heroic stories of ocean and Great Lakes battles as well as those that took place on land from Louisiana to Canada. Each panel contains a QR code with more details for those with smart phones.

Niess added, “This is really great timing as we continue our bicentennial commemoration of the War of 1812 with the Lois McClure at the Oswego Canal Festival.”

The Oswego Canal Festival runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1 through Monday, Sept. 3 in Oswego’s Historic Maritime District on West First Street Pier.

“We encourage the public to come out and enjoy the festivities,” said Niess. “We’ll have a parade of boats along the pier and people can take walk-aboard tours. We’ll also have music, baked goods, crafts, games and more.”

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