Learn & Explore Opportunities
- KidCitizen – Connect the past to the present through primary sources and engaging interactive activities for kids of all ages.
- Midewin At Home: #AllInIllinois Webinar Series – Gain information on natural resources & conservation topics with ties to the prairie.
- National Archives – Experience U.S. History through a variety of resources for research, learning or fun.
- Outdoor I Spy Heritage Park– Stroll through the park at the museum and try to see what you can spy with your detective eye!
- Smithsonian Digital Volunteer – Help transcribe historical documents and data while learning and making your mark in history!
- Smithsonian’s History Explorer – Dive into history from daily life to pop culture through through video, activities and more.
- Twisted Timeline – Untangle the historic events listed and match them with the correct year.
- Tour – Historic Downtown – Explore downtown Oswego virtually or by foot.
- Tour – Stonehouse Walking Tour – Discover local stonehouses virtually or by foot.
History from Home – Virtual Visits
- American Battlefield Trust
- Anne Frank House
- Google Arts & Culture
- History of Science Museum
- The Museum of Flight
- National Museum of African American History and Culture
- National Women’s History Museum
- The Olympic Museum
- Smithsonian Museum of American History
Mother’s Day – Make and Preserve Memories
Honoring and celebrating mothers dates back to ancient civilizations; however the Mother’s Day celebrated in the U.S. dates to 1914. Discover more Mother’s Day History and for a special Mother’s Day project to share with any mother, Interview a Mom for Mother’s Day
May Day Basket History
May Day traditions date back to the 19th Century. Historically May Day baskets were filled with flowers, candies or small tokens that were left for someone unknowingly. Tradition says – if you were caught delivering a May Day basket you are supposed to get a kiss! Learn more about May Day Basket History or get directions to make your own May Day Paper Cone!
Earth Day & Oswego’s Environmental Crusader
April 22nd marked the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Local resident and teacher Jim Phillips took action as local legend “The Fox” bringing awareness to rampant pollution in the area. Those actions assisted in the development of U.S. and state environmental protection agencies and helped to make the Fox River a cleaner body of water.
Fun First Facts!
- Do you know when the first traffic light was installed in Oswego? How about the telephone? First business? Discover fun facts and interesting info in our Oswego Firsts Brochure.
Local History Resources
- Kendall County GenWeb (excellent local history site)
- Kendall County Historical Society
- Oswego Public Library
- Aurora Historical Society
- Illinois Trails History and Genealogy
- Batavia Historical Society
- Geneva Historical Society
- Naper Settlement
- St. Charles Heritage Center
- Joliet Area Historical Museum
- History on the Fox