The silent auction committee members have been diligently seeking support for this year's event. All proceeds this year will go toward a 2015 Capital Campaign to complete restoration work for the society's historic Richardson-Bates House Museum. "This is the historical society's primary fund-raiser," said Lyn Patterson, co-chair for the auction. "It has always been a very important event. This year's success is vital in order to restore this iconic landmark."
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and part of the Washington Square Historic District, the Richardson-Bates House is a rare example of a 19th century Tuscan Villa. "Many repairs to the ornate exterior are needed to preserve the historic integrity of the house" added Patterson. "In addition, full paint of the exterior is needed. It has not been fully painted since 1996." Efforts are being made by the historical society board of trustees to raise the needed funds to complete the restoration project.
A new addition to the silent and live auction portions this year will be an antique appraisal opportunity.Every ticket will include one free antique appraisal by Gerald Petro of Iroquois Auctions of Brewerton, N.Y. Additional appraisals after the first free one will be $5.00 each. Professional auctioneer Ted Sivers will conduct the live auction of special items for bid. A traditional Chinese auction will be featured again with chances to win on a dozen themed-filled gift baskets.
"The evening features a number of valuable items received from generous donors," added co-chair Peg McKinstry."Each year brings a unique variety of things to bid on. Please mark your calendar and bring a friend."
The Oswego County Historical Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the the county's rich historic past. It operates the Richardson-Bates House Museum located 135 E. Third St. in Oswego. The museum is open from April to December on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 1 - 5 p.m and other days by appointment.
Anyone wishing to sponsor or make a donation of quality items in support of the auction, or would like to purchase tickets in advance, may call the museum at 343-1342.