Oswego County Historical Society To Host Annual Meeting Presentation

The Oswego County Historical Society will host an Annual Meeting on Monday, May 14th at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of the Oswego Public Library at 120 East Second Street, Oswego. Following a brief business meeting, Dr. Paul Stewart will give an encore presentation entitled “Restoring History and the Swits Conde Estate: An Architectural Detective Story.” Pictured is a late 19th century image of the Swits Conde estate known as Mon Repos. The mansion once stood at West Fifth and Seneca Streets and was demolished in 1913. The event is free and open to the public. (Courtesy of the Oswego County Historical Society)

OSWEGO — The Annual Meeting Presentation for the Oswego County Historical Society will be held on Monday, May 14 at 7:00 pm in the Community Room of the Oswego Public Library at 120 East Second Street in Oswego. During the membership meeting, board president Justin White will present an annual report of the projects and events of the year. Presentation of new trustees will be presented, as well.

“The Annual Meeting is an important part of our organization. We welcome all members and interested parties to attend and participate,” said White. “So much has been accomplished over the last year and we look forward to sharing that with our members and the community.”

Following the business meeting, Oswego resident Dr. Paul Stewart will give an encore presentation of his program entitled “Restoring History and the Swits Conde Estate: An Architectural Detective Story” This lecture was presented last year with much interest. The visual presentation will feature many photographs from the society’s collection related to the Conde family and estate. The program will also highlight Dr. Stewart’s journey along with partner Steve Phillips in the restoration of the residence of Swits Conde’s oldest son Swits Churchill Conde, which was part of the family estate known as Mon Repos.

“The story of Swits Conde as one the leading industrialist in 19th century Oswego, along with that of his wife Apama and their children is a fascinating one,” said Justin White, president of the Oswego County Historical Society. “The historical society is fortunate to have a substantial collection of photographs and memorabilia donated by direct descendants of the Conde family, which documents the grandeur of their estate known as Mon Repos.”

The Conde’s had the most lavish house warming party ever given in Oswego on June 7, 1883. Many society notables from New York City arrived by train to attend. Mon Repos was considered one of the finest private residences in all of New York State at the time it was finished. In the 19th century, Swits Conde and his family were local celebrities both in Oswego and in New York City, where they also had a home.

“Mon Repos was demolished in 1913, and now several early-20th homes occupy the site on West Fifth Street, between Seneca and Schuyler,” said White. “Today the restored Queen Anne style home of Swits Churchill Conde and the caretaker’s cottage are all that is left of this remarkable estate.”

The meeting is free and open to the public. Prospective members are also encouraged to attend to help support the society continue to preserve the area’s rich local history. The Oswego County Historical Society is a non-profit organization founded in 1896 and dedicated to the collection, promotion and interpretation of the historical resources of the county. The Richardson-Bates House Museum is open for tours Thursday through Saturday from 1 – 5 pm and other times by appointment. For more information contact the museum at 343-1342.