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October ‘History on Tap’ Highlights Oswego Market House

by Clarence Jones

The History and Future of the Oswego Market House: A Journey Through Time

Located in the port city of Oswego, New York, the Oswego Market House is a historic building that has played a significant role in the city’s development and culture. On Wednesday, October 4, 2023, Oswego City Historian Mark Slosek will lead a discussion on the history and future of this illustrious building as part of the “History on Tap” program.

Constructed between 1835 and 1837, the Market House was modeled after the Phillip Hooker-designed Market House in Albany, New York. Built in the federal architectural style, it became a prominent landmark in Oswego and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. Over the years, the building has witnessed various transformations and has been an integral part of the community’s social scene.

Most recently, the Market House served as Old City Hall, a popular destination for dining, entertainment, and live music. However, in September 2022, the building underwent new ownership, as developer Ed Alberts acquired it. Alberts has put together an ambitious plan to renovate and re-develop the Market House into a multi-purpose establishment, featuring a restaurant, a micro-brewery, and upscale apartments on the upper floors.

During the “History on Tap” program, Mark Slosek will present an engaging and informative PowerPoint program that explores the rich history of the Oswego Market House. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about its past uses and significance within the community, including its recent role as Old City Hall. Furthermore, representatives from developer Ed Alberts’ team will join the discussion to provide insights into the proposed redevelopment plans for the building. This discussion promises to bridge the gap between the building’s interesting past and its exciting future.

Mark Slosek, a retired school administrator and former history teacher, brings his expertise and passion for Oswego’s history to the forefront. With 39 years of experience in public education, including three decades at Fulton Junior High School, Slosek is well-equipped to delve into the narrative of the Oswego Market House.

The “History on Tap” program will take place at 7 p.m. in the Riverview Room at G.S. Steamers Restaurant, located in the Clarion Inn at 70 E. First St., Oswego. The event is open to the public, and admission is free. For those interested in attending or seeking more information about the program, they can contact Fort Ontario State Historic Site Office Manager Caroline Lamie at 315-343-4711 or caroline.lamie@parks.ny.gov. Updates and additional program information are also available on the Friends of Fort Ontario Facebook page.

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, which oversees more than 250 parks, historic sites, recreational trails, golf courses, and boat launches, seeks to promote and preserve the state’s rich heritage. With over 78 million visitors annually, these recreational areas contribute significantly to the state’s tourism industry. For more information on any of these areas, visitors can visit www.parks.ny.gov, download the free NYS Parks Explorer mobile app, or call 518-474-0456. Regular updates and engagement opportunities can also be found on their social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

The Oswego Market House holds within its walls the stories of generations past and the promise of a vibrant future. As Oswego City Historian Mark Slosek takes us on a journey through time at the upcoming “History on Tap” program, attendees will be able to appreciate the significance of this iconic building and its ongoing role in shaping the city’s cultural fabric.

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