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Little White School Museum

FREE! Journey Stories Poster Exhibit

The Little White School Museum invites you to a special exhibition exploring how the travel and movement of people has shaped the country. The poster exhibit is brought to you courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.

Little White School Musuem
All Ages

January 3 – February 25

NEW! History Happy Hour @ OBC

Ever hear the story about Al Capone’s doctor here in Oswego? Or how about the Oswego connection to the John Dillinger gang? And wasn’t there a bank robbery here? For a sleepy, small town, Oswego has tons of scandalous stories! Join the Little White School Museum staff at Oswego Brewing Co. as we talk about the outrageous ordeals and rousing rumors of Oswego. Admission comes with one beer ticket to enjoy during the lecture. (AJ)

Oswego Brewing Company
Age: 21 and up

21725 | Jan 20 | Th | 6:30-7:30pm | $10(R)/(N)


Mixers and Shakers: Finding Your Bartending Ancestors

Taverns and saloons have been a crucial American institution, and the men behind the bar were the social rock stars of their era. Join genealogist Debra Dudek as she leads you through the pre-prohibition records and resources which will help you add an extra shot of flavor into your research! Pre-registration is recommended however walk-ins will be welcomed, space permitting. (AJ)

Little White School Museum
Age: 16 and up

21726 | Jan 30 | Su | 12:00-1:30pm | $5(R)/(N)


Meet Elizabeth Keckley-Presidential Seamstress

Initially known for the clothes she created for Mary Todd Lincoln (Abraham Lincoln’s wife), Elizabeth Keckley gained a reputation as a first-rate dressmaker while enslaved. For over two and a half years, she used her hands and needle to provide for the seventeen people of her Master’s household. After Elizabeth’s freedom, she eventually started her own business and employed over twenty women, a feat unheard of in those days! This is the life that heritage interpreter Marlene Rivero will bring to the Little White School Museum stage, offering the audience a glimpse into the past with a story deserving our attention. This event is presented in partnership with the Illinois Humanities “Road Scholar” Speakers Bureau. (AJ)

Little White School Museum
All Ages

21733 | Mar 6 | Su | 12:00-1:30pm | $5(R)/(N)