The silent auction committee members have been diligently seeking support for this year's event. All proceeds this year will go toward the operating support for the society's historic Richardson-Bates House Museum. "This is the historical society's primary fund-raiser," said Mary Kay Stone, co-chair for the auction. "It has always been a very important event. A successful evening is necessary in order to maintain this iconic landmark and its collections."
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 were completed during the last two years to preserve the historic integrity of the house, as it had not been painted since 1996" added Stone. "Due to the progress that was made, we learned there are many more needs to address to maintain the museum building and its services to the community." Efforts are regularly being made by the historical society board of trustees to raise the needed funds to complete additional restoration projects on the interior.
A popular addition to the silent and live auction portions has been the antique appraisal and it will be featured once again. Every admission ticket will include one free antique appraisal by Gerald Petro of Iroquois Auctions in Brewerton, N.Y. Additional appraisals after the first free one will be $5.00 each. "Anyone who enjoys antiques and has something unique that they have always been curious about and would like to know more will have that opportunity," added Jennifer Mays, co-chair of the auction."If you enjoy the popular TV shows that feature appraisals, you will definitely enjoy having that experience at the auction."
Professional auctioneer Ted Sivers will also conduct the live auction of special items. Among the many unique donations for bid will include a watercolor painting by the late Evgenijis Kaskin, who was a well-known artist that resided in Mexico, N.Y. During his long career of creating art, his watercolor paintings were predominantly of recognizable scenes throughout Oswego County. As a result of that he made a unique documentation of the architecture throughout the county in the late 20th century.
A traditional Chinese auction will be featured again with chances to win any of a dozen themed-filled gift baskets.
"The evening features a wide variety of valuable items received from generous donors," said Justin White, board president of the historical society."There is truly something for everyone to bid on and enjoy, all while supporting the museum. 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 to help cover the cost of the event, 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.