Category Archives: New York

The 2013 Oswego War of 1812 Symposium

The 2013 Oswego War of 1812 Symposium will be held at the Lake Ontario Conference and Event Center in Oswego, New York on April 5 – 7, 2013. Please visit the Fort Ontario web site for the registration form. Continue reading

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War of 1812 Symposium Returns to the Port City

The Oswego War of 1812 Symposium returns to the Port City for its third year. It runs from Friday, April 5 to Sunday, April 7 at the Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center, 26 East First Street, Oswego. The event continues the bicentennial commemoration of the historic war that firmly established America’s independence from Great Britain and confirmed its national identity.

Fort Ontario State Historic Site Superintendent Paul Lear is the chairman of the Oswego War of 1812 Symposium Bicentennial Steering Committee and will emcee the event.

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Oswego: Its People, Places and Events

John O’C. Conway is one of Oswego’s “favorite sons”. He was born on July 26, 1911 in Troy, New York. His parents were Daniel H. Conway and Ellen O’Connor Conway. She was the youngest of 9 children in a family from Oswego and was homesick. While John was an infant, the Conway’s moved back to Oswego.

John’s father was a businessman. His enterprises included a knitting factory that was located on Bridge Street. He also served as Mayor of Oswego in the 1930’s, as a Republican. Conway Terrace, a housing development on the City’s east side, was named after him. Continue reading

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Notes from the Port of Oswego Authority. 13. The Port Arrives in ’55!

State Senator Henry A. Wise, (Watertown), shockingly blocked the original Oswego Port Authority Bill from being voted on in 1954, greatly arousing the ire of Oswegonians.  He was chastised widely in the local press and during the fall election.  After … Continue reading

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Notes from the Port of Oswego Authority. Birth of the Port, Part III

As 1954 dawned, Oswego and Albany were ready, apparently, for the legislation that would establish the new Oswego Port Authority.  A completely new OswegoCity government was installed, with a new mayor, Robert Iles, and an all-new Council who supported the … Continue reading

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Notes from the Port of Oswego Authority. Birth of the POA, Stage 2

In 1953, ideas about forming Port Authorities were percolating in Albany and the St. Lawrence Seaway seemed to be moving forward, but Oswego was distracted by a variety of more parochial interests.  Only Operation Oswego, led by attorney Hosmer Culkin, … Continue reading

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Notes from the Port of Oswego Authority. Birth of the POA, Stage One

Formally initiated on April 14, 1923, the Oswego Harbor and Dock Commission (HDC) held its last meeting on July 1, 1955, five days before the new Oswego Port Authority held its first, formal   meeting on July 6.  During its 32 … Continue reading

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