Historic Fort Ontario

World War I

Madeline Festival

Madeline Festival

The 3rd annual Madeline Festival will be held on Saturday June 1, celebrating the connection that Oswego and Fort Ontario have with Ludwig Bemelmans, author of the beloved Madeline book series.

The event features kite flying, period games, crafts, a children’s parade, an art exhibit, Madeline book readings, a play, food booths and free admission to Fort Ontario.


Fort Ontario Conference on History and Archeology

Fort Ontario Conference on History and Archeology

“Reflections on the Great War, 1914-1918” is this year’s theme for the Fort Ontario Conference on History and Archeology. Most of the presentations will center on World War I, but there is a variety of topics.

Saturday Speakers

  • Paul Lear – Fort Ontario in the War of 1917
  • George A. Bray III – Bradstreet’s 1758 Raid on Fort Frontenac
  • Rene Chartrand –  Canadian Army Uniforms and Equipment 1914-1918
  • Timothy J. Abel, PhD – Lake Ontario’s Forgotten War of 1812 Naval Shipyard
  • Brian Leigh Dunnigan – Historic Links in the Waterways of the Early Great Lakes
  • Dianne Graves – John McCrae, The Armistice and the Remembrance Poppy
  • Donald E. Graves – The Daily Life of the Canadian Soldier on the Western Front, 1915-1918, and Those Who Waited at Home for Him

Sunday’s Bus Tour will take guests to sites of the War of 1812: Oswego, Great Sandy and the Great Cable Carry route.

Pre-registration and payment required

  • Saturday 4/21 registration, including lunch and breaks – $35
  • Sunday 4/22 Bus tour including lunch – $35
  • Both Days – $60

To register, call the fort at 315-343-4711.

Or Register Online here

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