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 assistant Amy Dahn to share your unique history and story. Email Amy at firstname.lastname@example.org to coordinate a time to visit the museum with your heirloom to be photographed and to tell its tale. Additional details will be sent via email once an appointment has been scheduled.
Meet the Author – Charles Billington
Take time this summer to cool off and enjoy an engaging book chat by local history authors. Each month this summer a different author and topic will be presented. An opportunity for book signing and questions will follow the presentation. Come for one or come for all! Pre-registration is recommended but walk-in registration is welcomed. $5.00 (R)/ $8.00 (N).
Sunday August 12 1:30-2:30pm – Charles Billington, author of Wrigley Field’s Last World Series shares the story of the 1945 Chicago Cubs historic season. (ages 12+)
Pandemic 1918! Influenza During the Great War
An estimated 100 million people worldwide were infected with the flu between 1918-1919. More than thirty percent of Americans were estimated to have contracted the Spanish Influenza and 650,000 people lost their lives. Explore the timeline of the outbreak and hear tales of how the U.S. Army, Navy and civilian population centers tried desperately to combat the disease. Discover resources for tracing your influenza victims through newspapers, government records, medical journals, hospital registers and more. 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).
Cities of the Dead
Cemeteries have traditionally been known by the nickname “Cities of the Dead”. A reflection of the living world, cemeteries appear worldwide and can be park-like or sprawling. Discover local history, burial customs and tombstone symbolism at the Oswego Township Cemetery. Bring a blanket and wear comfortable shoes. NOTE: The program will be held at the Oswego Township Cemetery 467 Main Street, Oswego. Pre-registration is required. Suitable for ages 13+. $12.00 (R)/$19.00 (N).
Explore the Night Sky
The night sky is full of treasures just waiting for you to explore! Join us along with a representative from the Fox Valley Astronomical Society for our very own “star party” at the Montgomery Campus of the Oswego Public Library District (1111 Reading Drive, Montgomery)! We will take a journey to the sky to investigate constellations, planets and star clusters. Enjoy a presentation, followed by an opportunity for outdoor viewing. In the event of inclement weather, the presentation will still be held. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration through the Oswegoland Park District is recommended, but walk-in registration, space permitting, will be available. Presented in partnership with the Oswego Public Library District. Free. PLEASE NOTE OFFSITE LOCATION: Montgomery Campus – Oswego Public Library District.
Oswego Cemetery Walk
During this popular annual event, small groups will be guided through the cemetery to visit with the “ghosts” of early Oswego residents and pioneers at their gravesites. No registration is required. Arrive anytime during the event. Be sure to bring a flashlight, wear comfortable shoes, and expect moderate walking. Tours will leave every 5-10 minutes during the duration of the event. Participants should park on Main Street and use the South Entrance to the cemetery. Presented in partnership with the Oswegoland Heritage Association.
October Date and Time TBA – check oswegolandparkdistrict.org for additional information.
Digitizing Your Personal Photos
Do you have a large collection of personal photographs that you would like to scan into your computer but do not know where to start? Learn how to digitize your photographs, organize them into computer files and add important information for future generations. Pre-registration is required. Suitable for ages 16+. $5.00 (R)/$7.00 (N)
Whodunit? Murder in a Nutshell
Frances Glessner Lee is regarded as the mother of forensic science. During the 1940’s she hand-crafted meticulously detailed miniature death scenes, which she called the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death, to aid police in honing their skills in crime scene investigation. In this special program YOU become the detective as audience members join Bill Tyre of the Glessner House Museum to unravel clues using descriptions, photographs and scene diagrams to determine – was it suicide, accidental death or murder? Pre-registration is recommended. Seats are limited. Walk-in registration at the door will be accepted if space allows. Suitable for ages 16+. $12.00 (R)/$15.00 (N)
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 daily events such as member appreciation, flag retirement and Postcards for Veterans during this exhibit. All ages are welcome at this free event! Hosted by the Oswegoland Heritage Association in partnership with the Oswegoland Park District.
November 3-11, 10:00am-5:00pm
Music of the First World War
World War One has been called the most musical of all wars. This discussion compares/contrasts the British and American experiences of the important year of 1916 through contemporary sheet music-in the case of the U.S., the Punitive Raid on Mexico, reaction to Edith Cavell’s shooting, opposition to America’s involvement, and the Preparedness Movement/Plasttsburg Movement with Britain’s Battle of the Somme, the appearance of the tank, and the British Shell Crisis. Pre-registration is recommended, but walk-in registration at the door is welcome. NOTE: The program will be held at the Oswego Campus – Oswego Public Library District, 32 West Jefferson Street, Oswego.Hosted by the Oswegoland Heritage Association in partnership with the Oswego Public Library District and Oswegoland Park District. Suitable for ages 16+. Free.
Postcards for Veterans
Create a postcard to brighten the day of a veteran during the Remembering Our Veterans exhibit. Supplies will be provided and postcards will be mailed following the program. Stop by between 10am and 5pm to create your postcard. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is recommended, but walk-in registration at the door is welcome. Hosted by the Oswegoland Heritage Association in partnership with the Oswegoland Park District. Free.
Meet Mr. Lincoln!
Spend the afternoon with Abraham Lincoln one of the nation’s most beloved and esteemed historical figures. Mr. Lincoln (portrayed by Kevin Wood) will share his insight into the turbulent years from 1854-1865 when the United States was nearly torn apart by the prevailing issues of the time. After the presentation Mr. Lincoln will be available for questions, conversation and photographs. Children 7 and up accompanied by an adult are welcome. Pre-registration is recommended. Space is limited. Walk-in registration at the door will be accepted if space allows. $5.00(R) / $7.00(N).
Art of Meditation
Join us in a relaxing setting while learning how to calm the mind and develop inner peace. We will work to eliminate stress and tension common in everyday life by using breathing and relaxation to aid in meditation. Class will teach you to treat your mind, body, and soul through the use of the beneficial techniques of meditation that are sure to become a part of your life forever. Feel free to bring a mat or blanket to class. Program information and registration through the Oswegoland Park District.
Step inside one of Oswego’s most historic buildings and enjoy the ambiance of stained glass windows, wood panel floors, and soft candlelight as you take part in a relaxing evening yoga practice. Find new energy through breath-work and deep stretches guaranteed to give you a more restful night’s sleep, ready to calmly take on the week ahead. Modifications given as needed, class is appropriate for all levels. Please bring a yoga mat to class. Program information and registration through the Oswegoland Park District.
Yoga Flow and Stretch
A class for new moms & moms-to-be. Enjoy modified poses and gentle stretching that will allow your body to prepare for or recover from childbirth. Use breath, body, and mind awareness for deep relaxation and added energy. All levels of pregnancy and postnatal recovery welcome. Please bring a mat to class. Program information and registration through the Oswegoland Park District.
Focus on form and proper alignment in this class designed to unite body and mind in a meditative yoga practice. Iyengar inspired – Integration of props to accommodate for all levels and body types. If you are looking for a supplement to your usual fitness routine, are suffering from an injury, or chronic condition then this is the class for you! Class is appropriate for all levels. Please bring a yoga mat to class. Program information and registration through the Oswegoland Park District.