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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.

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.”

Oswego Canal Festival welcomes a parade of boats

The Urger, a New York State Canal tug, will join the fleet at Oswego’s Historic Maritime District on West First Street Pier from Wednesday, Aug. 29 to Saturday, Sept. 1.

Her visit is planned to help kick off the Oswego Canal Festival planned for Labor Day weekend. She will be available for free walk-aboard tours during regular museum hours.

The Oswego Canal Festival runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1 through Monday, Sept. 3.

The public may visit an historic line-up of vessels and enjoy weekend festivities to honor the New York State Barge Canal System.

“The Urger tug is the flagship of the New York State Canal Corporation’s fleet and one of the oldest working vessels in the country,” said Mercedes Niess, executive director of the H. Lee White Marine Museum. “We’re so pleased to have her here to help launch the festival.”

The Urger was built in 1901 as a commercial shipping vessel. Twenty years later, she was sold into the New York State Canal fleet where she hauled machinery, dredges and scows. She was retired in the 1980s only to be returned to service a decade later.

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The Lois McClure, a full-scale replica of a 1860s canal schooner, will visit the Oswego Canal Festival at the Historic Maritime District from Saturday, Sept. 1 through Monday, Sept. 3. Free tours will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

Lois McClure to join Oswego Canal Festival

The Lois McClure, a full-scale replica of a 1860s canal schooner, will visit the Oswego Canal Festival at the Historic Maritime District Saturday, Sept. 1 through Monday, Sept. 3. Free tours will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

The Oswego Canal Festival will be held over Labor Day weekend.

There will be crafts and activities, historic presentations, music, food and more from Saturday, Sept. 1 through Monday, Sept. 3.

Festivities run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Oswego’s Historic Maritime District on West First Street Pier.

The highlight of the festival will be a visit by the Lois McClure, a 1860s canal schooner that will be docked on the pier near the H. Lee White Marine Museum.

“It has been five years since the Lois McClure last visited Oswego and we are all excited about her return,” said Mercedes Niess, the museum’s executive director. “The boat was built by the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum to depict 19th century canal ships that both sailed on open water and moved people and goods through the canal systems. This makes her a perfect fit for our canal festival.”

This historic vessel is making the voyage to commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812.

In addition to Oswego, the Lois McClure will visit the ports of Ottawa and Kingston, Ontario; Montréal, Québec; and Sackets Harbor, before traveling back to Lake Champlain where she will make stops at Essex and Vergennes, Vermont.

Neiss said, “Many ports on their tour either had fortifications significant to the War of 1812 or played an important role in supplying naval ships to the American fleet during the war.”

The Lois McClure will be open for free public tours during festival hours from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Those seeking more information about the Oswego Canal Festival may call the H. Lee White Marine Museum at 342-0480 or visit www.hleewhitemarinemuseum.com.