# # #Contacts: Teresa Mitchell, Great Lakes Seaway Trail, 315-646-1000; Elizabeth A. Kahl, Safe Haven, Inc., 315-342-3003, email@example.com Photo Captions: SafeHavenSigningIn,jpg: Refugees sign in at Fort Ontario in Oswego, NY in 1944 Visitors4_150.jpg: First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt visited the "Safe Haven" refugees with camp director Joseph Smart. Learn their story on August 20 at the Great Lakes Seaway Trail Discovery Center in Sackets Harbor, NY.
Sackets Harbor, NY - Sixty-five years ago 982 people arrived at Fort Ontario in Oswego, NY. They would stay the next 18 months at the only World War II refugee camp on U.S. soil. On August 20th at 6pm in Sackets Harbor, NY, Safe Haven, Inc. President Elizabeth A. Kahl will share the story of those 982 "guests" of President Franklin D. Roosevelt from August 1944 to February 1946. The program is part of the 2009 Great Lakes Seaway Trail Experience Series at the Great Lakes Seaway Trail Discovery Center. Kahl, who has served on the board of the nonprofit that administers the Safe Haven Museum and Education Center in Oswego since 1999, says, "The maelstrom that was World War II had millions of fugitives fleeing for their lives in Europe. A continent away, Oswego, New York on the shores of Lake Ontario was to play a unique role in history as the small community who gave 982 people shelter and hope." First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt is among those who visited the refugees at the fort. The $5 admission to the August 20th program benefits the Seaway Trail Foundation and its educational programming. National Grid, Key Bank Foundation, Town of Hounsfield, New York State Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Seaway Trail Foundation, volunteers, and the Dive the Seaway Trail Project are sponsors of the 2009 Great Lakes Seaway Trail Experience Series. The Safe Haven Museum and Education Center is easily reached by driving along the Great Lakes Seaway Trail byway. For more information on this byway that is one of America's Byways and a National Recreation Trail, visit www.seawaytrail.com or call 315-646-1000.