• Volunteer of the Year

    The H. Lee White Maritime Museum at Oswego could not accomplish its initiatives without the generous help of its volunteers.  The Museum, founded in 1982 under the auspices of the Port of Oswego by Mrs. Rosemary Nesbit, has always had a solid corps of dedicated volunteers. Today, the Museum continues to advance and grow its innovative visitor experience through the enhancement of exhibits and educational programming – much of which requires the dedication of volunteers who serve as critical partners to the Museum and the Oswego community.


    Michael Brown, seen here with Executive Director Mercedes Niess, a Museum volunteer and a retired technology teacher and Vietnam War Veteran, was awarded the Museum’s Volunteer of the Year Award through his continuous dedication and over three hundred hours spent assisting the Museum and its projects this past year. Brown, who began volunteering at the Museum in 2013, utilizes his knowledge of maritime history in order give tours to visitors, and his carpentry skills to assist the Museum’s curatorial department and address facilities issues as they arise.


    “What makes volunteering at the Museum unique and rewarding is the appreciation and acknowledgement that all of the volunteers receive from the staff,” said Brown. “Another aspect that I find fulfilling is being able to meet new people by giving tours. Being able to meet people from different areas and having the opportunity to explain the artifacts and exhibits that encompass the history and culture of Oswego is extremely gratifying.”


    One of the best forms of donation is your time and dedication to the maritime history, heritage and culture of Oswego and Lake Ontario through volunteerism. The H. Lee White Maritime Museum at Oswego welcomes any and all support regardless of skill set and interest. If you are interested in being involved with an organization that takes part in the protection and preservation of Oswego’s maritime history please visit and complete the volunteer form, or stop by the Museum, located on the West First Street Pier.  If you have any questions, please call 315-342-0480 to speak with a Museum representative.