Historical Society to Host Lecture on History of the Oswego Yacht Club

The Oswego County Historical Society will host its next lecture entitled “History of the Oswego Yacht Club” on Sunday, June 24th at 1:30 p.m in the community room of the Oswego Public Library at 120 East Second Street, Oswego. Pictured is an image of the second Oswego Yacht Club building on Lake Street, which was completed in 1919. Today it is known as the McCrobie Civic Center. Two large wings were added to the original clubhouse structure in 1950. It is now called the McCrobie Civic Center and owned by the city of Oswego. (Photo courtesy of the Oswego County Historical Society)

OSWEGO — The Oswego County Historical Society will host its next lecture entitled “History of the Oswego Yacht Club” on Sunday, June 24th at 1:30 p.m. in the community room of the Oswego Public Library at 120 East Second St., Oswego.

“The Oswego Yacht Club has a fascinating legacy of boating and sailing in Oswego,” said Justin White, president of the Oswego County Historical Society. “This was a popular recreational pastime in Oswego in the latter part of the 19th century.” The Oswego Yacht Club was organized in 1881 and incorporated in 1883, making it the oldest club on the American side of Lake Ontario. The club took a downturn around the Great Depression, and was dormant for many years. Presently the club has a very active presence in the community, hosting weekly fleet races in Oswego on Wednesday evenings in the summer and sponsoring partnerships such as the Oswego County Hospice Regatta every June. 

“This year marks the return of the Lake Yacht Racing Association (LYRA) Annual Regatta to Oswego for the first time since 1928,” added White. “In an effort to help promote this historic event taking place from July 31 – August 5, the historical society wanted to highlight the yacht club’s unique history.”

The Oswego Yacht Club was one of the original founding members of the LYRA in 1884. The club hosted many of the regattas in the early years in Oswego. The lecture is being co-sponsored by the H. Lee White Marine Museum, which interprets the maritime and waterfront heritage of Oswego.

This lecture is part of a series presented throughout the year. The event is free and open to the public with donations accepted. The Oswego County Historical Society is a non-profit organization founded in 1896 and is dedicated to the collection, promotion and interpretation of the historical resources of the county. From April to December the museum is open Thursday through Saturday from 1 – 5 p.m. and other days by appointment. For more information contact the museum at 343-1342.