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Adult Programs

Passport to Adventure Program

The Little White School Museum is a participating location in the KDRMA (Kane-DuPage Regional Museum Association) Passport to Adventure Program. Stop in to the museum and pick up a passport today! Begin or continue your adventure through local museums, nature centers, galleries and more. Great fun for any age all year long! Passports available daily during regular museum hours. For more information visit the KDRMA Passport to Adventure website. The 2019-2020 program continues through April 30, 2020.

Oswego Heirloom Project

Do you have a treasured family heirloom with its own story to tell? Artifacts tell their own tales while having the power to capture a moment in time. Let your story become a chapter in Oswego’s history! Schedule a time to meet with Little White School Museum Manager, Tina Heidrich to share your unique history and story. Email Tina at cheidrich@littlewhiteschoolmuseum.org to coordinate a time to visit the museum with your heirloom to be photographed and to tell its tale.

Special Exhibit: “Remembering Our Veterans”

Discover the history of Oswego’s fighting men and women through an extensive display of rarely seen military artifacts selected from the museum’s permanent collection, including items used during the Civil War, World Wars I and II, the Korean Conflict, the Vietnam War, Iraq, and Afghanistan. A Wall of Honor will feature photographs of over 200 Army, Navy, Marines, and Air Force personnel from the Oswego area and a special exhibit honors those military personnel with direct Oswego connections who were killed in action from the Civil War through Vietnam. Enjoy special events such as member appreciation, flag retirement and postcards for veterans during this exhibit. All ages are welcome at this free event open daily during regular museum hours. Hosted by the Oswegoland Heritage Association in partnership with the Oswegoland Park District.

November 1 – December 2

Lego® Trains in Action

Toy trains have always been a favorite of kids young and old. Enjoy an exciting display complete with trains, buildings, vehicles and people this holiday season. Open Saturday December 14 and Sunday December 15 during regular museum hours. Hosted by the Oswegoland Heritage Association in partnership with the Oswegoland Park District. All ages welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Free.

December 14 & 15

The History of Toy Trains

Toy trains have fascinated children for over 100 years. From the live steam trains of the 19th century to modern garden railways of the 21st century, find out how toy trains began and how they evolved over the years. Bob Stekl, Little White School Museum Assistant Director, will guide you along the rails of history for an afternoon journey you won’t want to miss. Pre-registration is recommended, but walk in registration the day of the program is welcome. Hosted by the Oswegoland Heritage Association in partnership with the Oswegoland Park District.  Suitable for ages 16+. $5.00 R/N.

Saturday December 21 1:30-2:30pm

Farming on the Illinois Prairie 

We think of the Era of Illinois as “The Prairie State” to be impossibly remote and bucolic. But the farmers who came to this part of Illinois were practical, scientific, literate and above all, hard working. Join Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie Archaeologist and Tribal Liaison Joe Wheeler to discover the people who broke the sod and developed so many of the things we take for granted as part of the modern northeast Illinois landscape, from siloes to “The Corn Belt.” The presentation will focus on the years from 1830 to 1880 when the tallgrass prairie sod disappeared under the sizzle of the breaking plow as Eastern farmers transformed the landscape. Pre-registration is recommended but walk-in registration at the door is welcomed. Hosted by the Oswegoland Heritage Association in partnership with the Oswegoland Park District. Suitable for ages 16+. $5.00 R/N.

Saturday January 25 1:30-2:30pm

Early Industrial Development Along the Fox River

As the Fox River Valley – including Oswego – opened to settlement, industrious pioneers established a variety of water-powered industries from Ottawa to Elgin, influencing early town planning. Pioneer manufactories adapted to changing technology and today, only remnants of the Fox Valley’s industrial roots survive. Discover the details of this development from 1825-1855 with presenter Michael Lambert who will guide you through this historic time in the Fox River Valley. Pre-registration is recommended, but walk in registration the day of the program is welcome. Hosted by the Oswegoland Heritage Association in partnership with the Oswegoland Park District. Suitable for ages 16+. $5.00 R/N.

Saturday February 29 1:30-2:30pm

Special Exhibit: “At Home in Oswego’s Past”

Discover the home life of Owego are residents during the late 19th and 20th centuries through this special exhibit featuring seldom-seen items from the museum’s extensive collections. Designed by museum volunteer Stephanie Just and mounted by museum staff and volunteers, exhibit highlights include photographs, documents, and artifacts ranging from vintage textiles to furniture owned and manufactured in Oswego. All ages are welcome at this free event open daily during regular museum hours. Hosted by the Oswegoland Heritage Association in partnership with the Oswegoland Park District.

March 7– April 5

The Vintage Kitchen Tea

Kitchens are places where families have their meals, children do homework, friends and family congregate and meaningful conversation takes place. Enjoy an afternoon of tea and light refreshments while learning how and why kitchens became such focal points in our homes and how kitchen inventions, décor and styles have changed throughout history. Pre-registration is required. Suitable for ages 16+. $12.00 R/$19.00 N.

Saturday April 18 3:00-4:30pm