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Membership

Membership Levels

Friend: $20 one-year membership includes three newsletters each year; one free admission to an OHA program, a 20% discount at the museum store.

Sponsor: $75 (or more) one-year membership includes all the benefits of Friend membership.

Business/Organization: $150 one-year membership includes all the benefits of a Sponsor membership, plus recognition in three consecutive newsletters as a patron and benefactor of the Oswegoland Heritage Association.

Lifetime Gold: $1,000 lifetime membership includes all the benefits of the Sponsor membership, a free copy of 150 Years Along the Fox: The History of Oswego Township, Illinois, a 192-page hardcovered book; plus a special permanent membership card and framed Lifetime Gold membership certificate.

To join or renew your membership, print and complete the membership form and mail to: Oswegoland Heritage Association, P.O. Box 23, Oswego, IL 60543

For a gift membership, send your name, address, and phone number, along with the name and address of the person you wish to gift with the membership, and a check for the appropriate amount to the above address.


The Oswegoland Heritage Association was established to protect and preserve the history and heritage of the Oswegoland area. It is essential to study and preserve our own local history because:

  • It aids in community building. People who share a history—even different sides of the same story—can discover the understanding, insight, and respect needed to build a common future.
  • It provides context and inspiration. Sometimes a historical perspective on where we have been lets us see more clearly our progress towards where we would like to be.
  • It helps us explore who we are. History gives each generation a means to discover the people and events that speak most clearly to the problems of their own time and helps them prepare for their own futures.
  • It enables us to extend and sharpen memory. Memory often fails. Even eyewitnesses often don’t get it right. Each of us brings our own distinctive life experiences to building our accounts of the past. History asks that we weigh others’ accounts of what happened, what those events meant, and can help us move to more productive discussions about the future.