Spring into the Museum for Preservation Month!

24 Apr

I hope you know by now that the Webster Museum is one special place to visit any time of the year. But May is a particularly good time to stop by, as the museum celebrates Preservation Month.

They’re kicking off the month with a special presentation on Sunday, May 1 by nationally-known shipwreck expert Jim Kennard. Over the past 35 years, Kennard has located more than 200 shipwrecks in the Great Lakes and other major bodies of water using side scan sonar systems that he developed.

Kennard will take everyone along his personal journey and his underwater explorations of Lake Ontario, sharing stories he’s gathered while researching and locating the most historically significant shipwrecks of our Great Lakes. These include the 1780 British warship HMS Ontario and the sloop Washington lost in 1803.

Kennard has also authored a book, Shipwrecks of Lake Ontario: A Journey of Discovery, which will be available for purchase. He’s been featured in local publications as well as National Geographic, National and local news stations, the Discovery Channel and most recently National Geographic’s “Drain the Oceans” series on the American Revolution.

Jim will share stories gathered over those 50 years while researching and locating the most historically significant shipwrecks in our Great Lakes. These include the 1780 British warship HMS Ontario and the sloop Washington lost in 1803.

Jim’s groundbreaking book SHIPWRECKS OF LAKE ONTARIO – A JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY, which includes Jim’s explorations as well as those of his shipwreck colleagues, will be available for sale at the presentation. Jim will sign copies as requested.

The presentation will take place at the Harmony House, 58 East Main St., on Sunday May 1 beginning at 2 p.m. The presentation is free of charge but donations will be gratefully accepted.


The annual History and a Cup series also returns in May, on Wednesdays May 4, 11 and 18 at noon. This year’s series features presentations by former residents of West Webster. They’ll all take place at the museum, 18 Lapham Park.

On Sunday May 15 at 2 p.m., both the West Webster Firehouse on Gravel Rd. and the Webster Museum will host a West Webster reunion. Following that, at 3 p.m. at the museum, a panel of former West Webster residents will share their memories of growing up in the hamlet.  

Looking ahead to June … starting on Thursday June 2, donations will be accepted for the September Barn Sale. They may be left in the barn at 394 Phillips Road.

Then (this is gong to be fun) make sure to stop by the West Webster Cemetery on Sunday June 19 from 2 to 4 p.m. for a historical tour, featuring men and women portraying former West Webster residents. More to come about this as well.

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