H. Lee White Maritime Museum Presents Second Annual “Waterfront Open House” May 20

The H. Lee White Maritime Museum is proud to present Oswego’s second annual “Waterfront Open House” to be held along the west pier in the Historic Maritime District on Saturday, May 20th from 11–4 pm. The main purpose of this event is to help promote fun activities on Oswego’s waterfront and kickoff National Safe Boating Week.

This free event will allow families to visit the Museum, experience a dragon boat up close, get the feel of sitting in a kayak, try out a virtual boat training simulator provided by the U.S. Power Squadron and check out small sailing craft that are part of the museum’s sailing program. These are just a few of the opportunities visitors will find at this event.

After a long winter the Museum’s vessels will be open for visitation. In recognition of the start of the 200th anniversary of the New York State Canal, a new exhibit titled “Derrick Boat 8: Service on the New York State Canal” will be unveiled as well as a new National Register information sign for this historic canal boat. The sign is provided by the William G. Pomeroy Foundation.

New this year, will be flare demonstrations conducted by the Sodus Bay Maritime Captains’ Association and weather permitting, boat trips to the Oswego Lighthouse will be offered for a separate fee.

Search and rescue demonstrations will be conducted by the U.S. Coast Guard Oswego station using their 45 foot rescue boat. The Oswego Fire Department’s Fire/Rescue vessel “Marine One” will be on hand as well. “Wear It! Oswego” personal flotation device information will be available at the Oswego Fire Department’s display. This program allows the public to borrow life vests for fishing in Oswego’s waters. Paddle Safety information will also be on location during the event.

The USCG Auxiliary mascot “Coastie” will be on hand for photo opportunities with children and visitors of all ages. In addition, the Auxiliary will offer free vessel examinations in the public lot near the USCG boat house.

“Oswego has the good fortune to be surrounded by water, whether it is a Great Lake, a spectacular harbor or a fish-filled river, which is also part of the greater New York State Canal system. This is a great opportunity to learn and experience all the waterfront has to offer. We call it a putting your toe in the water and see what you might like to do to have fun but didn’t know where to start opportunity,” noted Mercedes Niess, Executive Director of the Maritime Museum.

There will be displays for each partner organization as well as demonstration opportunities and information on upcoming water related events. Members of the Sea Scouts will be on hand to talk about youth opportunities through their scouting program. Visitors will have an opportunity learn more about the Oswego Lighthouse Restoration project.

This event is a partnership of the Maritime Museum, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S.C.G. Auxiliary, Oswego Expeditions, Oswego Dragon Boat Club, Oswego Police and Fire Departments, the U.S. Power Squadron and the Sodus Bay Maritime Captains’ Association.

The Museum and Treasure Chest Gift Shop are open every day from 1-5 pm with expanded hours July and August from 10-5 pm. For more information contact: 315-342-0480 or visit www.hlwmm.org.