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SUNY Oswego students to lead cemetery tour Oct. 28

Stories of local legends and spirits will return with a live performance when SUNY Oswego’s storytelling class presents the 8th annual Oswego Town Rural Cemetery: Ghost and History Storytelling Tour at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2023.

Costumed storytellers bring the tales of local historical figures to life in this family-friendly event. Performers will recount the stories of university founder Dr. Edward Austin Sheldon; Dr. Mary Walker, the local women’s rights pioneer and only woman to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor; Underground Railroad hero Harriet Tubman; Queen Lili’uokalni Kamaka’eha (and her Oswego connection to Walker); Saint Marianne Cope; Chief Pontiac; Dr. Richard Shineman; Audrey Munson (considered to be the “first supermodel”) and many more.

Admission is free and sponsored by the Oswego Town Historical Society and the SUNY Oswego Theatre and History Departments.

2 to 3 p.m. – The first act will take place separately from the walking tour under a tent, in a separate part of the cemetery. You will enjoy stories by beloved people not actually buried in the Oswego Rural Cemetery, but who have had a huge impact on the town and city of Oswego, SUNY Oswego and other parts of the United States.

3:15 to 6:30 p.m. – The second act will be the walking tour portion of the show and will feature such people as Mary Walker and James Lee, both recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor. It will be split into two groups.

Tickets sell out quickly, organizers strongly encourage reserving early. When tickets are gone, they are gone. To reserve a ticket, go to: 

There are 200 tickets available, with 100 slots each for the walking tour portion of the show. Proceeds will help support the Oswego Town Historical Society.

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