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 firstname.lastname@example.org to coordinate a time to visit the museum with your heirloom to be photographed and to tell its tale.
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.
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.
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.