Thanks largely to volunteer led efforts, immense progress has been made in the restoration of the Oswego West Pierhead Lighthouse on Lake Ontario in Oswego, New York.
Last year alone, 32 different volunteers made an amazing 31 trips out to the lighthouse and worked an amazing 780 hours. A significant portion of the workers and hours were the result of the adoption of the lighthouse as a community outreach project of the track team of the State University of New York at Oswego. In addition to work on site at the lighthouse, volunteers added about another 150 hours on lighthouse components and related on-shore projects.
The first floor, the kitchen, and radio room have been restored, and other rooms are close to completion, and some furnishings have been acquired. Some doors have been replaced, the lantern and signal room have also been brought up to par, and the station is getting close to being able to host visitors in 2016.
However, there are still critical projects that need to be done, many of which can only be done by professional contractors. Since acquiring the lighthouse in 2009, the City has received a $225,000 grant to pay for the removal of asbestos and large swaths of lead paint. The work to date has been done under the leadership of the Lighthouse Committee from the H. Lee White Maritime Museum.
The City of Oswego hopes that a $100,000 grant request submitted to the State of New York will be approved to help pay for the next phase of the restoration: to restore the steel exterior walls of the lighthouse and the steel roof.
This story appeared in the
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