LOGO small


Find us at

Oswego's West First Street Pier


PO Box 101

Oswego, NY 13126 





 ADULTS - $7.00

TEENS  - $3.00

12& under - FREE

Hours of Operation

 Monday - Sunday 1-5pm

 July & August, 10-5pm

 Historic Vessels open Mid-May - Sep 30

(weather pending)


facebook logo3TwitterLogo

















 Programming 2014




History Lecture Series- Marie Strong presents "Elizabeth Shepard"-

The H. Lee White Maritime Museum is pleased to host New Haven town historian, Marie Strong, who will present the first history lecture of the year on Saturday, March 22, 2014, at 1:30 pm. Marie will be speaking about prominent New Haven resident, Elizabeth Shepard. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Elizabeth Shepard was born in New Haven, November 6, 1830 and lived on a farm with her parents. Elizabeth developed a passion for astronomy. Elizabeth’s son, C. Sidney Shepard, had an observatory tower built on the estate for her pleasure. In 1956, the telescope was donated to SUNY Oswego where it was housed in a retractable observatory near Romney Field parking lot until 2013. The old observatory is scheduled to be torn down sometime in the near future. The telescope is currently on display in Pontiac Hall in the Museum’s main building.

March is Women’s History month and in recognition of Elizabeth Shepard‘s contributions to her community, Mrs. Strong will discuss Elizabeth’s life.

Marie Strong was born in New Haven, New York. Former historian, Nancy Searles, mentored her for twenty-three years. In 2004, she became the town historian for New Haven. Strong’s father sang with Mr. Shepard in the singing group Quartet, similar to a barbershop quartet. He was employed to maintain the family’s fleet of automobiles. Marie’s three brothers looked after the Shepard Estate after Elizabeth’s death.

John Rusho, adjunct professor at SUNY Oswego Department of Physics, will be on hand to discuss this type of telescope. Rusho has maintained the telescope for the last several years.

Saturday, March 22, 1:30 pm




History Lecture Series –

Saturday, April 12, 1:30pm

Speaker, Steven Wapen, will present  "Battle Island—July 3, 1756; Victory of Draw on the Oswego River"


On July 3, 1756, lead elements of a British convoy of 350 bateaux, led by Capt. John Bradstreet, heading south on the Oswego river was ambushed 8 miles south of Oswego by French & Indian raiders.  Bradstreet and his battoemen beat off repeated attacks and actually turned the tide by counter-attacking and forcing a French withdrawal from the battle scene.  However, Battle Island represented a rare military success for the British during the dark summer of 1756 when, less than 6 weeks later, Oswego finally fell to the French.  Why did the French attack Bradstreet’s empty bateaux convoy on its return trip to Schenectady, rather than the full one heading to Oswego only a few days earlier?  Were Capt. Bradstreet and his battoemen rewarded by the British army for their accomplishments on the Oswego River?  And what became of Capt. Louis Coulon de Villiers, Commander of the French ambush, after the 3 hour battle?  Finally, was Battle Island a clear British victory or a draw—and by what standards?  These and other interesting questions will be addressed by Mr. Wapen.


Admission: FREE

         Read more about this event on Facebook HERE




        Lighthouse Movie Night "Lightkeeper"
            May 1, 6:30 PM

        Trustees' Reception- invite only: Exhibit Unveiling

          Friday, May 16th, Time TBA

          Seasonal Opening of Vessels- FREE WEEKEND

          Saturday and Sunday, May 17, 18


           Volunteer Kickoff

          Thursday, May 29th, 5:30 PM



               History Lecture Series: Dan Ferens "WWII- Stalag 17 a P.O.W Story"

               Saturday, June 7th, 1:30 PM

               WWII Exhibit unveiled in LT-5, WWII Re-enactors

               Saturday, June 7th, 10:00-5:00 PM

               CNY Lighthouse Challenge

               Saturday, June 21 and Sunday, June 22 9:00 AM- 5:00 PM

              Saling Lessons Begin

              Saturday, June 21 and Sunday, 22

             For more information about the sailing lessons click HERE

              H. Lee White Marine Museum Art Gallery- Don Gillespie maritime art 

              All of June


             Annual Benefit Drawing Starts

             Date TBA            





             Kid's Pirate Days

             Thursday, July 10 & Wednesday, July 23 10:00 AM- 12:00 PM

           See last year's pictures of the event HERE

           Harborfest- tall ships, United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Boating Safety

            Thursday, July 24 to Sunday July 27th


          H. Lee White Marine Museum Art Gallery- Don Gillespie Maritime Art

          All of July

         Boat Building
        July 11-13

        For photos of previous year's projects click HERE

       Sailing Lessons

        All of July

       For more information about the sailing lesson click HERE



        War of 1812: The Great Rope play at Fort Ontario: An award winning play written by local historian and theater professor Rosemary Nesbitt, adapted and directed by SUNY Prof. Jonel Langenfeld. The play will take place at Fort Ontario parade grounds at 6 pm. For more information see our website or Fort Ontario's website www.fortontario.com

        Saturday, August 2: 6 PM


        Tales of the Haunted Harbor

        Friday, August 23, 7:30 PM
        Rain Date 8/24


        H. Lee White Marine Museum Art Gallery- Don Gillespie Maritime Art

        All of August


        Sailing Lessons

        All of August

       For more information about sailing lessons click HERE




       Museum Picnic

      Friday, September 12, 6:00 PM

      History Lecture Series: George DeMass presents "Our Indigenous Neighbors: Their Journey"

     Saturday, September 13, 1:30 PM



               Star Gazing with John Rusho

              Friday, October 3, 7:00 PM with a Rain Date of Saturday, October 4


              Lighthouse Auction

              Saturday, October 25, 10:00 AM- 5:00 PM




  Volunteer Appreciation Reception

    Wednesday, November 12, Time TBA


 Gingerbread Craft Workshop

  Sunday, November 16, 2:00- 3:00 PM




       Christmas at Sea Open House- Santa at 2 PM

         Sunday, December 14 1-4:30 PM


         Holiday History Shoppe

         TBA- Thursday- Saturday


            Volunteer Christmas Party

           Thursday, December 11, 5:30 PM






H. Lee White Maritime Museum


West First Street Pier   PO Box 101   Oswego, New York 13126   315/342-0480  info@hleewhitemarinemuseum.com

Copyright © 2014 H Lee White Marine Museum    All Rights Reserved