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Oswegoland Heritage Association

History

When the Oswego School District announced plans to sell the historic Little White School in 1975, a grassroots group of local citizens established the Oswegoland Heritage Association in 1976. with the goal of saving and restoring the building and opening a community museum and archives in it. The Heritage Association is a 501(c)3 non profit organization.

Restoration work on the building continued from 1977-2002 using a combination of volunteer labor, donations, and financial assistance from the Oswegoland Park District.

Today, the Little White School Museum is a model of a private/public partnership. While the Oswegoland Heritage Association is responsible for overseeing any remaining restoration projects and for maintaining and preserving the artifact and archival collections, the Oswegoland Park District owns and maintains the building, provides logistical support, and provides personnel to maintain the museum’s seven days a week schedule.

Mission

The mission of the Oswegoland Heritage Association is to collect, preserve, and interpret the cultural history of the geographical area defined by the boundaries of School District 308.

Board of Directors

The Oswegoland Heritage Association is governed by a nine-member board of directors. They meet regularly on the last Thursday of each month at 7:30pm at the museum. Three directors are elected for three-year terms during each year’s annual meeting, held on the last Thursday of May.

Current Board

  • Judy Wheeler, president
  • Bob Stekl, treasurer and asst. museum director
  • Roger Matile, museum director
  • Tina Beaird
  • Mary Church
  • Fred Mitchell
  • Ted Clauser
  • Cathi Mundsinger
Open Board Member Position
The Oswegoland Heritage Association is seeking a new member of their board of directors. The nine-member volunteer board meets the last Thursday of each month at the museum. Board terms are three years, with one-third of the nine-member board elected at each year’s annual meeting, held the last Thursday in May. The new board member will fill out the unexpired term of board member Ken Donart, who recently resigned. Donart’s term is set to expire in May 2020. Board positions are filled by unpaid volunteers. To be eligible board members must be members of the OHA, at least 18 years of age, and have a strong interest in local history. The board of directors meets on the last Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the museum, 72 Polk Street, Oswego. Interested Oswego area residents are invited to submit a letter of application to the Oswegoland Heritage Association Board of Directors at Box 23, Oswego, IL 60543. The letter should provide a short biography and indicate why the writer is interested in joining the board of directors. Letters may also be dropped off at the museum during regular museum hours 10am-5pm Monday-Saturday  and 12pm-5pm Sunday.

 

Membership

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