A SUNY Oswego storytelling class will bring the stories of historical figures to life during âA Night at the Rural Cemetery in the Town of Oswegoâ at 6pm on Friday, October 27th.
Under the direction of Jonel Langenfeld of Oswego Theater School, costumed student performers will tell the stories of university founder Edward Austin Sheldon; Mary Walker, the local women’s rights pioneer and the only woman to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor; Harriet Tubman, heroine of the Underground Railroad; Princess Ka’iulhani, the last Princess of Hawaii (and her connection Oswego); and more.
“We are very proud of the students of the storytelling class and their passion for sharing the stories of famous and less famous historical figures residing in this cemetery and others,” said Langenfeld, who teaches the interdisciplinary course. “The students had a great time researching this area where they go to school … they learned a lot about Oswego, the college, the people, the area and its history.”
Admission is free to the event, which is sponsored by the Oswego Town Historical Society and will take place rain or shine. The Oswego Town Rural Cemetery is located at 242 Cemetery Road, approximately half a mile from Route 104 in Fruit Valley, west of the campus.