• 2018 Waterfront Open House

    The H. Lee White Maritime Museum is proud to present Oswego's third annual "Waterfront Open House" to be held along the west pier in the Historic Maritime District on Saturday, May 20th from 1-4 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.



    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 floatation 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.


    "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.