College class to tell stories at Oswego Town Rural Cemetery Oct. 27


October 19, 2017

A SUNY Oswego storytelling class will bring the tales of historical figures to life during "A Night at the Oswego Town Rural Cemetery" at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27.

Under the direction of Jonel Langenfeld of the Oswego theatre faculty, costumed performers will recount the stories of college founder Edward Austin Sheldon; Mary Walker, the local women's rights pioneer and only woman to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor; Underground Railroad hero Harriet Tubman; Princess Ka'iulhani, the last princess of Hawaii (and her Oswego connection); and more.

"We are very proud of the students in the storytelling class and their passion for sharing the stories of famous and not-so-famous historical figures residing in this and other cemeteries," said Langenfeld, who teaches the interdisciplinary course. "The students have had a great time researching this area where they are going to school ... they have learned a lot about Oswego, the college, the people, the area and its history."

Admission is free for the event, which is sponsored by the Oswego Town Historical Society and will take place rain or shine. Oswego Town Rural Cemetery is located at 242 Cemetery Road, about a half mile off Route 104 in Fruit Valley west of the campus.

For more information, call (315) 312-2221 or email Langenfeld at or Briana Springsteen at