The H. Lee White Marine Museum and the Oswego Railroad Museum are offering “Beginning Model Building Workshops.”
This instructional program is offered in a series of Sunday workshops beginning Feb. 17 from 1 to 3 p.m.
The first workshop is titled, “An Introduction to Model Building,” and will discuss the use of a variety of materials used in the building of a model, as well as safety concerns.
The second session, March 3, “Assembling your Model,” will show participants how to apply paints and decals.
The third session, March 10, “Show and Tell” participants will show their final product, discuss other models and finish with a tour of the Oswego Railroad Museum.
The instructors are longtime model builders from the Oswego Railroad Museum and Association. Participants are encouraged to bring a model to work on.
“This is another great partnership between our two museums,” said Mercedes Niess, executive director of the H. Lee White Marine Museum. “We are pleased to offer the space for this series. We have wanted to offer such programs for a number of years now. This is a great hobby to introduce to young people.”
The series is appropriate for ages 10 to adult. A small fee will be charged for the series.
Those seeking more information or to make reservations may call the marine museum at 342-0480.
The H. Lee White Marine Museum on West First Street Pier in Oswego will host George DeMass, chaplain to the Titanic Historical Society, for a lecture titled “Titanic: Her Story Lives On.”
It is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 4 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Museum. An admission will be charged for the program.
DeMass said the discussion will focus on why Titanic has captivated the public for a century and what will sustain that interest for the next century. “People are always fascinated by things that should never happen,” said DeMass. “We feel we don’t learn enough from the past.”
The speaker recently had the opportunity to interview a great-grandson of Isadore and Ida Straus, legendary victims of the tragedy. He plans to share this experience with those who attend the program, as well as briefly reviewing the national and local commemorative events of 2012, including those he participated in.
This discussion will cap off the Museum’s year-long activities surrounding the anniversary. A temporary exhibit called “Titanic: Commemorating the 100th Anniversary,” which includes pieces of DeMass’ personal collection, will be closing after the presentation.
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.”
The H. Lee White Marine Museum will hosts the Oswego Canal Festival to honor the New York State Barge Canal System.
Festivities run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1 through Monday, Sept. 3 at Oswego’s Historic Maritime District on West First Street Pier.
“The Oswego Canal played an important role in transporting products and people between the canal, the Great Lakes and beyond,” said Mercedes Niess, executive director of the H. Lee White Marine Museum. “Our 1925 Derrick Boat No. 8 served on the canal for 60 years and is now a restored piece of history that helps tell the story.”
Another highlight of the festival will be a visit by the Lois McClure, an 1860s canal schooner that was built by the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum.
The boat depicts 19th century canal ships that both sailed on open water and moved people and goods through the canal systems. This historic vessel is currently making the voyage to commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812.
Niess added, “In addition to the boats, we will have activities, crafts and historic presentations for the whole family to enjoy as we celebrate New York’s rich canal history.”
Visitors can try their hand at washing and ironing clothes “the old-fashioned way,” learn how to make paper jewelry beads, indulge in homemade pies, or participate in making butter with a simple mason jar, said Niess.
In addition, there will be old-time games aboard the Derrick Boat. Children can make paper boats that float and enter a friendly boat race in the museum’s special stainless steel tank.
Historic presentations are scheduled throughout the weekend and museum guides will discuss the canal system and Oswego’s maritime history.
The museum’s other vessels, the LT-5, a National Historic Landmark WWII Tug; the Eleanor D, a historic fishing boat; and the Ontario, the Oswego Maritime Foundation schooner, will be open for viewing.
In addition, the Oswego Maritime Foundation will host a display that highlights youth sailing, fishing, diving and more.
“This event allows us the opportunity to show off our waterfront and highlight our maritime history,” noted Rich Bush, president of the board of trustees for the H. Lee White Marine Museum.
Festival admission is free and the museum will offer reduced admission to visit the main building.
Those seeking more information about the Oswego Canal Festival may call the H. Lee White Marine Museum at 342-0480.