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May 17, 2017

Bemelmans Walking Tour May 17

On Wednesday, May 17th, at 7:00 p.m., Superintendent Paul Lear will lead a Ludwig Bemelman’s themed walking tour of the Fort Ontario Military Reservation National Register District in Oswego, New York. The tour will assemble at the fort’s main parking lot and visit pointsdescribed by Bemelman’s in his book about his World War I army service in the Medical Corps at Fort Ontario, “My War with the United States.”

After his army discharge Bemelmans became a famous artist and author of children’s books; he is most remembered for a series of books about the adventures of Madeline, a red -haired girl in a Paris orphanage. Bemelman’s died in 1962 and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery. For more information on the walking tour contact Paul Lear at (315) 343-4711.

Fort Ontario State Historic Site is located at the north end of East Fourth Street in the City of Oswego, New York. The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation oversees 180 state parks and 35 historic sites, which are visited by 65 million people annually. A recent study found that New York State Parks generates $1.9 billion in economic activity annually and supports 20,000 jobs. For more information on any of these recreation areas call (518) 474-0456, or visit www.nysparks.com, www.fortontario.com, connect on Facebook, or follow on Twitter.

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