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Monthly Memo: June 2023

06/06/2023 10:27 AM | Anonymous

Monthly Memo for June 2023 includes: a note from the director, do you have any historic items?, OHC in the press, new website, upcoming events, painting restoration. Follow us online @oswegoheritage. To the right, there is a black and white photograph of a steam ferry on the lake in Lake Oswego.

From the desk of your Executive Director: Photo of Kathryn Sinor (OHC Executive Director), Courtney Clements (OHC volunteer), and Jeff Gudman (OHC Board President) at the Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce Community Awards

Congratulations to Courtney Clements, this year's recipient of the C. Herald Campbell Award! This award is gifted to someone who has made important contributions to the Oswego Heritage Council's mission to preserve and promote the history of Lake Oswego. Myself and Board President Jeff Gudman presented the award to Courtney at the Chamber of Commerce's Community Awards event on Tuesday. 

Courtney has been a volunteer at the Heritage House for just over a year, but she jumped right into researching our collection. Some of her accomplishments include: 

  • Transcribing and conducting research on Theresa Truchot’s war time diaries

  • Publishing a new edition of the 1898 diary of Clara and Cora Wilmot with additional research and a new introduction

  • Writing an article entitled Flirting by fruit box: A look at an early 20th century dating app. This article, based on letters written to local resident Lucy Pollard, will be published in the June issue of the Genealogical Forum of Oregon’s Quarterly Bulletin

We could not exist without the incredible work of our volunteers, and we are incredibly humbled that they choose to spend their time contributing to the archival research of our collection. 

If you see Courtney, make sure to congratulate her!!

Thank you,

Kathryn Sinor

Executive Director

Image that reads Do you have historic items you might consider SHARING OR DONATING? Four images are below. First image is a black and white historic photograph of a woman and her child. The mother has a veil over her hair and smiles fondly down at the child. Underneath are the words: Letters, photos... Our collection consists of a wide range of photos and documents. These flesh out the stories of life in Oswego through diverse perspectives. Second photograph is of a framed wedding invitation. The words beneath it read: And so much more! But we also have items, like the Koehler drum, historical clothing, and more! If you aren't sure if your items would be a good fit for us, JUST ASK! Third and fourth photo are both of the Oswego Heritage Council archives and beneath the photos, it reads: Bagged... and tagged! We follow the Smithsonian museum guidelines to properly preserve every item in our care through proper temperature-controlled storage. We also make sure to follow every item so that people can locate them for research purposes. Our goal is to make this system even more accessible. Connect with our archivist today!

Flirting by Fruit Box: An Early 20th Century Dating App by Courtney Clements

Website header with four photographs and the words "Oswego Heritage Council: Preserving our past, enriching our future." From left to right, the black and white historic photographs include: a pregnant woman on a farm looking down at a toddler in overalls with his hand over his face, a group of four men (three white workers and one Chinese worker) with one man holding a cat, a woman in a long coat and large hat standing in a small wooden boat on a lake, and the back of a farmer in a field as he works with a horse.


We have been hard at work behind the scenes to create a new website! This new website will allow guests to better explore our archives, have special members-only content, and better support history sleuths around the world so that they can discover more about the fascinating world of Lake Oswego. 

The banner above is the first glimpse of our new website. We hope that it will prove to be a more useful tool in preserving and promoting the history of Lake Oswego. 

The website launch will happen in the next month! 

Upcoming events: June Chautauqua on Wednesday, June 7th, from 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM at the Springs in Lake Oswego. Join Cece Otto as she performs the debut of Prohibition: 90 Years of Temperance, Temptation, and Song. This all-new album contains more than a dozen songs from the era, performed just as contemporary audiences would have heard them. LO Farmers' Market on Saturday, June 10th, from 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM at Millennium Park Plaza. Find our booth at the region's finest agricultural and food products at the Lake Oswego Farmers' Market. Delight in finding a wide variety of superior produce, meats, seafood, nuts, cheeses, artisan baked goods, jams, jellies, salsas, hummus, nursery items, hot foods, artisan crafts, and more! Summer Open House on Saturday, June 24th, from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM at the Oswego Heritage House. Celebrate summer with OHC! There will be fun and free activities throughout the day to explore Oswego's history. Make your own diary as you discovery 19th century diaries, take a scavenger hunt to explore the exhibits, or just enjoy the sunshine in the garden! There's something for everyone at this event.

First Wednesday Chautauqua with the Oswego Heritage Council. Photo of Cece Otto for her June 7th performance of Prohibition: 90 Years of Temperance, Temptation, and Song. Free to attend from 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM at the Springs in Lake Oswego.

Top photo is of a 19th century painting of the Willamette Falls that has suffered some damage and bottom photo is of the current Willamette Falls. The banner in between the photos reads "Preserve a piece of Lake Oswego History: Donate Today. Learn more at"


For only $1,750, a preservation specialist has agreed to restore the 1893 painting of Willamette Falls, where it will hang in the Heritage House as an important piece of local history. Please consider donating today, as it is only with your support that we can protect these historical treasures.

You can learn more about the history of the artist and its connection to Oswego families HERE in May's Hello LO on Historic Preservation Month.



We would be deeply grateful!

Oswego Heritage House and Museum
398 10th St.
Lake Oswego, OR 97034
(503) 635-6373

Hours of Operation:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Free entrance

The Oswego Heritage Council is a  501 (c)(3)
EIN # 93-0983947

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