HLWMM History Lecture Series – June 4, 2022 – Oswego County Today

Model of the National Historic Landmark USA LT-5, Major Elisha K. Henson, by William Emerson, Rochester NY.

History lecture series returns in commemoration of D-Day invasion

The H. Lee White Maritime Museum in Oswego is pleased to announce the return of its History Lecture Series for the 2022 season beginning Saturday, June 4e at 1:30 p.m. with master model maker William Emerson. Throughout 2020-21, Emerson built a model of the HLWMM National Historic Landmark World War II tug LT-5 currently on display, providing the most accurate depiction of its wartime appearance. It will feature the history of LT-5, its role in the Normandy invasion, as well as its own experiences recreating an iconic piece of national history.

Mr. Emerson is a retired technical manager who lives in Rochester, New York. His early interest in warships was encouraged by his father, who worked closely with Admiral Hyman Rickover in the development of the first atomic submarines. His models are researched using plans, photographs and even ship’s logs from institutes such as the National Archives and the Naval History and Heritage Center. His work has appeared in some twenty publications, including the annual Warshipthe magazine international warship, and a variety of ship modeling magazines. Five of his models have appeared on the covers of magazines such as ship model builder and Scale ship modeler. Not including the LT-5, fourteen of Mr. Emerson’s designs are in museums across the country, including the Naval Academy Museum (Annapolis, MD), the National Museum of the US Navy (Washington, DC), the National Naval Aviation Museum (Pensacola, Florida), the National Civil War Naval Museum (Columbus, GA.) and the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum.

The H. Lee White Maritime Museum History Lecture Series is a free program, open to the public. The Maritime Museum and Treasure Chest Gift Shop is open daily from 1 to 5 p.m. (10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in July and August) and is located on West First Street Pier in Oswego’s historic maritime district. For more information about this program or other Museum programs, contact the Museum at (315) 342-0480, or visit hlwmm.org.

Angela C. Hale