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 begins May 1.
Special Exhibit: “Picturing Oswegoland”
View hundreds of historic photographic images of the village, its residents, and the surrounding area. The exhibit’s images will range from professional portraits to commercial picture postcards, to family snapshots, all drawn from the museum’s collection of more than 10,000 historic photographic prints and negatives. The exhibit will include Ambrotypes, Daguerreotypes, images created from glass negatives, and other photographic images. The exhibit, open daily during regular museum hours, is hosted by the Oswegoland Heritage Association in partnership with the Oswegoland Park District. Suitable for all ages. Children must be accompanied by and adult. Free.
August 1-September 1
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.
Unlocking the Secrets of Your Family Tree
Looking to delve into your past but not sure where to start? Oswegoland Hertiage Association board member Tina Beaird will help you discover the foundation and methodology behind successful genealogical research. Learn how to start tracing your family history using documents and keepsakes you have in your attic and around your house! 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)
The Vintage Kitchen Tea
Kitchens are places where families have their meals, children do homework, friends and family congregate and meaningful conversation happen. 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)
Turtle Rock – An Oswego Historic Treasure
Turtle Rock, the stone and timber home at the west end of the Oswego Bridge, has been an Oswego landmark for a century and a half. Built as a barn and commercial building, it was remodeled into a private residence and tea room in 1929 using material salvaged from the former Parker gristmill. How did Turtle Rock acquire its name? How is it connected to “The Fox”, Oswego’s homegrown ecological crusader? For these answers and more, join current owner John Brodemus for an engaging presentation on the history of Turtle Rock. 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)
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. Interested in volunteering? Email Tina Heidrich at email@example.com.
Oswego Township Cemetery on South Main Street
Thursday October 3 (Rain Date Friday October 4) 7:00pm-9:00pm
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
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)