April 9, 2010
Contact: Kelly Cardwell
Oriskany Battlefield SHS: Over many years generations have remembered the sacrifice of the men and women who fought on the Oriskany battlefield by erecting monuments and signs. Starting in the 19th century many American historians, social groups and historical associations began interpreting the Battle of Oriskany as a major American victory. Was this truly the case or has the public's view of the battle been influenced by the way the battlefield was later memorialized? Do these markers and memorials allow all sides of the story to be told, or have viewpoints of the battle become slanted to favor one side? These and other questions will be discussed in "Remembering the Battle of Oriskany" at Oriskany Battlefield State Historic Site on Saturday April 17th.
Join one of two special programs led by a ranger from Fort Stanwix National Monument to learn more about how the site has been memorialized over the years, and how these memorials have influenced the viewpoints and memories of one of the bloodiest battles of the American Revolution. The program will be offered at 1:00 and 2:00 p.m. Both programs will start at the battlefield parking lot. We recommend that participants wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather.
Oriskany Battlefield State Historic Site is currently open 7 days a week from dawn to dusk; the site's parking lot is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission to the site is free. For more information about upcoming events please call Fort Stanwix National Monument at (315)338-7730. Park Rangers from Fort Stanwix offer programs about this site and Steuben Memorial State Historic Site. Please visit the Fort Stanwix web page at www.nps.gov/fost for additional information and up-to-date news about park and site events.
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