###Caption: History Re-enactor, Brittany Patterson to speak at the H. Lee White Marine Museum during Canal Celebration on Saturday, August 6th.
Oswego, N.Y. - The H. Lee White Marine Museum and the Oswego Maritime Foundation will host a fun-filled day focused on the New York State Barge Canal System Saturday, Aug. 6 from noon to 5 p.m. Activities will be centered around Oswego's very own piece of canal history, the museum's renovated 1925 NYS Derrick Boat No. 8. The featured presenter will be Brittany Patterson of Schuylerville, a SUNY Oswego graduate and re-enactor who specializes in the French and Indian War. Her topic will focus on "Women and Children's Dress during the War of 1812." Her talk will be given two times on Saturday at 1:30 and 3:30 pm. "Under the notion of fashion, I will be discussing where and why 1812 era fashion was so different, as well as various aspects of the garments and such," stated Patterson. She will also bring examples of the period dress for the audience to view. "We are thrilled to have Brittany return to Oswego to give these presentations during our Canal Celebration. In addition to working at Fort Ontario, she also worked here at the Marine Museum. Brittany and her fiancé have been a re-enactment couple for several years and have studied the dress and life styles of the period," noted Mercedes Niess, Executive Director of the Museum. Other activities will take place throughout the afternoon and Museum Guides will be available at each site to discuss the canal system and Oswego's rich maritime history. Bring the whole family to enjoy and appreciate New York State's rich Canal history. For more information about this free event, visit the Museum website at http://www.hleewhitemarinemuseum.com/ or call 342-0480. This event is made possible in part by a grant from Stewart Shops Matching Gift Program.