Oswego Heritage Council

The mission of the Oswego Heritage Council is to assure and promote the preservation of Lake Oswego history and culture.

OHC is headquartered at the Heritage House located at 398 10th Street in Lake Oswego.

We invite visitors to stop by and see the historic house and the exhibits on display.

OHC Upcoming Events

Exhibit: Edward Curtis Prints
February 2-March 3, 2016

In the early 1900s photographer Edward Curtis embarked on a project that culminated in a twenty volume publication featuring Native American tribes across the United States entitled The North American Indian. A6 Gallery in Bend, OR has loaned OHC 34 original prints from the volumes and 3 goldtone reproductions. View this exhibit Tuesday-Friday, 10am-4pm and Saturdays 1pm-4pm. Guided tours available on Saturdays. Prints are for sale.

First Wednesday Series
February 3, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

The Surprising Adventures of George Gibbs (1815-73) on the Oregon Frontier

Presented by Dr. Stephen Beckham

Between 1849 and 1861 George Gibbs, heir to one of America's greatest fortunes, lived and worked among the American Indians of Oregon, Washington, and California. A Harvard graduate and classmate of Henry Thoreau, Gibbs was the lawyer who drafted this region's "fishing rights treaties."  He compiled more than 100 Indian vocabularies, published dictionaries of Indian languages, served as secretary to treaty councils (including that at Champoeg in 1851), and was a surveyor and cartographer.  Gibbs's sketches, ink drawings and watercolors illustrated his works and travels.  Gibbs settled in a tower at the Smithsonian in 1861 and over the next decade laid the basis for the Bureau of American Ethnology and served as secretary for the Hudson's Bay Company Claims Commission.  He was the first commissioner of Clatsop County, Collector of Customs in Astoria, and a member of the team surveying the boundary between the United States and Canada.

OHC News

  • The Heritage House will be opening a new exhibit on February 1 featuring Edward Curtis prints. The Heritage House will be open Tuesday-Friday, 10am-4pm and every Saturday during February from 1-4pm. There will be two guided tours on every Saturday in February at 1:30pm and 2:45pm.

  • We have been making some changes around the Heritage House and on the grounds and we wanted to thank the following for their generous donations towards our maintenance: Chuck Maloney for the ceiling work being done, ProGrass for maintaining our landscape and Miller Paint for providing the paint for our ceiling and walls.

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