• History Lecture Series 2019

    The H. Lee White Maritime Museum at Oswego is pleased to present “The U.S. Life-Saving Service in Oswego” as its first installment to the 2019 History Lecture Series featuring Ted Panayotoff, coauthor of Lighthouses & Life-Saving at Oswego and former chairman of the City of Oswego’s Lighthouse Development Committee.


    The lecture will feature a brief historical overview of the U.S. Life-Saving Service in Oswego which, as a predecessor of the U.S. Coast Guard, had a presence in Oswego between 1876 and 1915.  Further, Panayotoff will dive further into the people, places, and events of the Life-Saving Service making use of images from Lighthouses & Life Saving at Oswego and other collections near and far.  As a former resident of Oswego, Ted was instrumental in the Maritime Museum’s efforts to begin restoring and providing public access to the Oswego West Pierhead Lighthouse.  He now resides in South Carolina with his wife Jo, but they’re often back in Oswego to visit family and friends.  


    As part of Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series, Lighthouses & Life-Saving at Oswego features both iconic images of Oswego as well as those never-before-seen; presenting a unique visual journey of the maritime services between 1822 and today.  The book will be available for purchase at the Treasure Chest Gift Shop that day, and the lecture includes a book signing, as well as a question and answer session for the interested public.  


    Panayotoff stated that “Working on this book was a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the maritime history of Oswego, and the excellent photographs will make a great tool for future students of the subject.” Michael R. Pittavino, coauthor of the book further stated that “this lecture will provide deeper context into the heroic lives of those who served in this often forgotten service.”


    This lecture will take place at the Maritime Museum, on the West First Street Pier, on Saturday, April 13th at 1:30 pm.  The event is FREE and open to the public. For more information about this program, or other Museum activities, visit or contact the Museum at (315) 342-0480.