Log in

Monthly Memo: July 2023

06/29/2023 10:20 AM | Anonymous

Monthly Memo: July 2023, includes a note from the director, what's in bloom?, new website, upcoming events, Arts Council survey, painting restoration. To the right, a historic photograph from July 4th, 1920 from the Vose Family Collection. A small parade, led by two people on horseback.

From the desk of your Executive Director. With an image of the blooming Rose Garden.

The Historic Rose Garden is in bloom, and so are exciting things at OHC! 

Our new website has launched (more about that below), and some exciting projects are taking root at the Heritage House! 

We have begun Phase One of a multi-year project with the Lake Oswego Public Library. Archivist Mark Browne is leading a team to properly preserve, organize, catalogue, and eventually digitize the library's vast historical collection. The new cataloguing system builds on the one already in place at the library but will make it more effective for people wanting to view the archives from anywhere in the world. 


With this project's completion, you'll be able to browse the library's website and find an online archives of 7,000 photographs -- some of which our team at OHC have never seen before, and most of which are currently unavailable. We will be able to add our own collection to this database, meaning that we are increasing access to two important community hubs for history.

This is one important step on making sure that the history of Lake Oswego is accessible to anyone, anywhere, any time. We are incredibly grateful to be able to do this work and would be unable to provided these services if it wasn't for our wonderful members supporting us!  

Thank you,

Kathryn Sinor
Executive Director

What's in Bloom? Stafford Roses: the roses were planted by LO teacher Dorothy Stafford to inspire her husband, Dr. William Stafford, Oregon's poet laureate, at their home. Peace Roses: Introduced by the breeder Francis Meilland, these roses were smuggled into the US during WWII and named for the great desire of peace. Seven Sisters: Originally planted in the front yard of the Waffles House on Kelock Rd., originally built by author Erma Bombeck. Baccara: Also bred by Francis Meilland, this rose was named after a French card game possibly introduced by Italian soldiers in the late 1400s.

Website banner of new OHC website, featuring four photographs: a pregnant woman on a farm looks down at her toodler, four gentleman and a cat pose at work, a woman in a fur coat and fancy hat stands on a wooden boat on the lake, a farmer with his back to the camera walks behind his horse.


If you haven't gotten the opportunity, go check out our new website! It's at the same URL as the previous one (, but you may notice it has a completely new look. Explore information on exhibits and programs, event pages, and our blog. 

We have an additional feature available just for members! Members can login to the website using the red square at the top right, above the banner, on any page. Use the email address this has been sent to, and if you can't access it, please reset your password. 

Members gain additional access to past exhibits and our quarterly historic journals, which will continue in August. We're excited to provide some new benefits to those who have supported our organization! 

Upcoming events include: Rock Your Ribs on Saturday, July 15th from 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM at the Heritage House. Join us for a fun evening of lively music, good food, and an exciting auction at this year's Rock Your Ribs! This special fundraising event celebrates gathering together on a summer night and eating delicious barbecue with your friends and family -- and what's better than that?! Food by Buster's Texas Style Barbecue and music by the Lakeridge Jazz Band. Car & Boat Show on Sunday, August 27th, from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM at George Rogers Park and Sundeleaf Plaza. Each August, OHC invites car and boat owners from all over the region to showcase their unique cars and boats in Lake Oswego. Last year's show had over 6,000 visitors who had the chance to see over 200 cars and 15 boats at this event. All proceeds from this event go towards helping OHC fulfill its mission. September Chautauqua on Wednesday, September 6th from 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM at the Heritage House. Topic is Korean Folk Songs on Kayageum. Arirang is a representative Korean folk song and there are about 3,600 variations. Doyeon will play several Arirang songs on Kayageum introducing the background story and the lyrics. We will have the opportunity to play Korean drums, too. Please come and join us with this authentic Korean music event!

Rock Your Ribs Fundraiser: Live music & Auction from 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM, Saturday, July 15th.


The Lake Oswego Arts Council wants your feedback!

Please take a few minutes to complete a short survey about the future of public art in Lake Oswego. They want to hear from the people that support OHC, so let's make sure they hear our voice on important topics like: 

What kinds of art?
Where to place it?

This survey closes July 1st. Please provide your feedback here:

City of Lake Oswego Public Art Master Plan Survey


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

Copyright © 2024, Oswego Heritage Council. All rights reserved.

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software