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Little White School Museum

Oswego History Tour – Schools

Schools play important roles in the life of any community – and not just an educational one. They are often social gathering places for communities – sporting events, arts and cultural events, parent/teacher meetings, and so many other examples. Join us to explore the “in town” schools in Oswego’s history and help us tell their stories. Wear good walking shoes and be prepared to be part of the conversation. The tour will begin and end at the Little White School Museum and last for about an hour and a half. (AJ)

Little White School Museum
All Ages

22820 | Aug 28 | Su | 12:00-1:30pm | $5(R)/(N)

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Oswego Heritage Tour – German

Do you “Sprechen sie Deutsch”? Did you know that German settlers developed a lot of Oswego? Hop on the bus for our first Heritage Tour and learn about some of our town’s most prominent German settlers. We will discuss their careers, real estate empires, community service and their lasting imprint on our town. This bus/walking tour will begin at the Little White Museum and last about an hour. This tour is part of an Eagle Scout project for Alexander Harrison, Troop 889. (AJ)

Little White School Museum
All Ages

23444 | Sep 25 | Su | 12:00-1:00pm | $7(R)/(N)
23445 | Sep 25 | Su | 1:30-2:30pm | $7(R)/(N)

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Oswego History Tour – Legacy Farms

We’ve seen the barns in towns, so now it’s time to venture out into the real farmland. Join members of the Oswegoland Heritage Association as we visit three area family farms with deep roots in the Oswego community. Learn how generations have cultivated the land and made it their home. This is a bus tour so pre-registration is required as space is limited. The event begins and ends at the Little White School Museum and lasts about an hour and a half. (AJ)

Little White School Museum
All Ages
Oswego Heritage Association

23281 | Sep 24 | Sa | 11:00am-12:30pm | $7(R)/(N)
23282 | Sep 24 | Sa | 1:00-2:30pm | $7(R)/(N)

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The Illinois Midland Railway Lecture

Did you know northern Illinois is home to “The World’s Shortest Railroad?” Built in 1914, the Illinois Midland Railway connected two small towns barely two miles apart: Newark and Millington. Originally planned to a 120-mile railroad across northern Illinois, financial issues resulted in just 1.962 miles of rickety track being built. That didn’t stop the local townspeople from using the railroad, though! Join the Oswegoland Heritage Association and author Jeff Kehoe as he discusses this amazing story and learn what ultimately happened to these tiny train tracks. (AJ)

Little White School Museum
All Ages
Oswego Heritage Association

23439 | Sep 10 | Sa | 1:00-2:00pm | $5(R)/(N)

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The Music of World War I

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/Plattsburg Movement with Britain’s Battle of the Somme, the appearance of the tank, and the British Shell Crisis. (AJ)

Virtual
All Ages
Oswego Heritage Association

23446 | Nov 12 | Sa | 2:00-3:00pm | $5(R)/(N)

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Try-It Illinois

Interested in discovering your family history but don’t know where to start? “Try-It Illinois” is an annual Illinois State Library-sponsored event where hundreds of genealogical databases are available free to try. It runs every fall, from October 1 until November 30, giving family historians unprecedented access to genealogy and history sites. Join Oswegoland Heritage Association board member Tina Beaird as she walk you through how you can use these sites to trace your family tree at this virtual event. (AJ)

Virtual
All Ages
Oswego Heritage Association

23440 | Oct 13 | Th | 7:00-8:30pm | $5(R)/(N)

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FREE! – Oswego German Heritage Jubilee

Come learn and celebrate our German heritage at this free family fun event. Bring the family to explore German culture and all it means to Oswego’s historical roots. Enjoy food, games, music and learn about Oktoberfest and its origins. The Little White School Museum proudly supports this event as part of an Eagle Scout project for Alexander Harrison, Troop 889. (AJ)

Little White School Museum
All Ages

Sep 25 | Sa | 11:30am-2:00pm

FREE! – School Reunion – Music Department

We warmly welcome former students and faculty who participated in OHS and OEHS music programs like band and choir to join us at the Little White School Museum to reconnect and reminisce as you explore our Back to School museum exhibit. Bring your instruments and your voice for this interactive reunion! (AJ)

Little White School Museum
All Ages

Oct 16 | Su | 11:00am-3:00pm

FREE! – School Reunion – Athletics

Calling all former jocks! We welcome former students and faculty who participated in OHS and OEHS sports programs to join us as we reconnect and reminisce about your time in local sports. Bring your lettermen’s jacket and any memorabilia you have to share with others. This will be a reunion you don’t want to miss! (AJ)

Little White School Museum
All Ages

Oct 23 | Sa | 11:00am-3:00pm

FREE! – Oswego Christmas Walk

While enjoying the downtown festivities, make your way to the museum for holiday music brought to you by area Junior High choirs. Warm up in the historic Roger Matile Room and stroll through the award-winning museum gallery to complete your visit to this beloved community event.

Little White School Museum
All Ages

Dec 2 | Fri

Exhibits

Back to School

Did you attend Oswego High School or Oswego East? Want to relive some of your glory days as you step back into the past while learning about the history of schools in our area? This special exhibit focuses on some of the schools that have been in Oswego, starting in 1837, going all the way to present-day. School is back in session this fall at the Little White School Museum!

August 27 – October 24

Remembering Our Veterans Special Exhibit

Discover the history of Oswego’s fighting men and women through an extensive display of rarely seen military artifacts, including items used during the Civil War up to present day military operations. Suitable for all ages.  Admission is free.

November 10 – 27