###Contacts: Teresa Mitchell, Great Lakes Seaway Trail 315-646-1000 x202 Photo: Randy Patten with some of his dozens of historic military maps.
Sackets Harbor, N.Y. - On Friday, May 6th the Great Lakes Seaway Trail Discovery Center in Sackets Harbor, NY, opens for the spring season with a special exhibit of New York's Historic Military Maps from 1750 to 1820. At 6:30pm that evening living history re-enactor Randy Patten will share his collection of historic maps, accoutrements and artifacts from the French and Indian War. Patten says, "These maps provide a fascinating look into America's history as it occurred in New York State. Several show the local Northern New York area as well as all of New York state and parts of Canada and Pennsylvania, and the waterways that people traveled to establish settlements and forts in such places as Oswego and Youngstown." Over the past 30 years, Patten has traveled to the Library of Congress and as far as Great Britain to obtain color copies of original maps, including some from the collection of King George III. He describes the hand-drawn maps as "works of art." The presentation by the retired New York State Trooper will include a look at French and Indian War artifacts, a British broadsword from a man-of-war used in the War of 1812, and a lesson on historic musket safety. The exhibit of the more than 50 historic maps will be on display Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 5 pm at the Great Lakes Seaway Trail Discovery Center through June 26. The Great Lakes Seaway Trail Discovery Center is located at 401 W. Main Street. Day admission is $4. Evening program admission is $5. For more information on the Discovery Center and the Great Lakes Seaway Trail National Scenic Byway, visit http://www.seawaytrail.com/ or call 315-646-1000.