The silent auction committee members have been diligently seeking support for this year's event. All proceeds this year will go towards the operating support 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. A successful evening is necessary in order to maintain 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 were done last year to preserve the historic integrity of the house" added Patterson. "In addition, full paint of the exterior is now needed. It has not been 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 popular addition to the silent and live auction portions was the antique appraisal that started last year and will be included 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 of interest and would like to know more about the history of and the value of it, 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 your own option at the auction."
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 wide variety of valuable items received from generous donors," said Justin White, board president of the historical society."There it 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 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.