Oswego, N.Y. - The first stop for the Great Shipwrecks of NY's Great Lakes traveling exhibit is in Oswego, NY, at the Tyler Art Gallery in Penfield Hall Library at SUNY Oswego. The exhibit developed for the 2014 Great New York State Fair and updated for this installation will be on display through January 22, 2015. Exhibit hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday, including Martin Luther Day. Admission and parking are free. The public is welcome.

Exhibit components include interpretive panels highlighting shipwrecks in Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, Lake Champlain, the Finger Lakes, Lake George and the St. Lawrence River; videos; and a newly-built replica of the ‘turtle ship' Radeau that sunk in Lake Champlain.

Freshwater science technology including a remotely-operated underwater vehicle and a Great Lakes Research Consortium in-water sensing buoy; water recreation equipment; and national Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers information on slowing the spread of aquatic invasive species are also part of the exhibit.

‘This Great Shipwrecks exhibit offers students and the greater community a distinctive learning experience focused on New York's unique maritime history,' says SUNY Oswego Provost Dr. Lorrie Clemo, who serves as Vice-Chair of the New York Sea Grant Board of Governors.

‘Capturing the fascinating maritime heritage of New York State in this exhibit is proving to be a great way to encourage interest in education, underwater science innovation, and waterfront tourism as an economic engine for our coastal communities,' says exhibit coordinator Dave White, New York Sea Grant Coastal Recreation and Tourism Specialist and associate director of the Great Lakes Research Consortium.

Sponsors of the Great Shipwrecks at the Tyler Art Gallery exhibit are SUNY Oswego, the Great Lakes Research Consortium, the Great Lakes Seaway Trail, and New York Sea Grant.

New York Sea Grant coordinated the exhibit development in partnership with the Great New York State Fair, Great Lakes Research Consortium, and Great Lakes Seaway Trail. Lake Champlain Sea Grant, the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, H. Lee White Marine Museum, National Aquatics Services, Mexico Cub Scouts and others participated in the State Fair exhibit. Federal funding for The Great Shipwrecks exhibit was secured through a Great Lakes Seaway Trail National Scenic Byway grant.

Tyler Art Gallery, a teaching gallery regularly used by art classes and a training base for the museum studies program students, is open to the public on the second floor of Penfield Hall. Learn more at www.nyseagrant.org/shipwreck.



Dave White, NY Sea Grant, SUNY Oswego, 315-312-3042, 402-3926
Publicist Kara Lynn Dunn, 315-465-7578, karalynn@gisco.net