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Monthly Memo: August 2023

08/01/2023 1:11 PM | Anonymous

Monthly memo for August 2023, featuring: a note from the director, car & boat show news, ongoing project, upcoming events, from the archives, membership changes. Follow us online @oswegoheritage. Picture to the right of five young women from circa 1950 in bathing suits, about to jump into Lake Oswego.

From the desk of your Executive Director... Image to the right of Kathryn at the Fourth of July parade with Board Member Tom O'Connor, holding a banner for the upcoming Car & Boat Show.

Thank you to all those who attended our annual fundraiser, Rock Your Ribs! Despite the hot weather, we had a great turnout and raised more than $8,000 for special archives projects and general operations to keep the Heritage House flourishing. The Lakeridge High School Jazz Band did an amazing job with stellar music, and we couldn't have done much of the behind-the-scenes work without NCL's mother-daughter teams volunteering and our wonderful Board of Directors. 

If you weren't able to make it to the festivities, there are other ways to support the Oswego Heritage House that we hope you'll consider: 

  • Tell your friends about our organization! You are our best resource. If you like what we do, your friends and family might get just as excited about it! 
  • Attend our annual Car & Boat Show on August 27th! 
  • Consider buying a raffle ticket at August 9th's Summer Concert! OHC will receive a portion of the cost. 
  • Leave a review on Google Reviews or other similar sites! The more engagement we get, the more people are likely to hear about us.

Thank you,

Kathryn Sinor
Executive Director

This year's Collector Car & Classic Boat Show poster for Sunday, August 27, 2023. Presented by Jaguar Land Rover Portland. Orange background with a large image of a vintage car's taillights on the left and an antique wooden boat's stern on the right. Collector cars from 9 am to 3 pm at George Rogers Park, Lake Oswego. Venue sponsor City of Lake Oswego. Classic Boats from 9 am to 3 pm at Sundeleaf Plaza, Lake Oswego. Venue sponsor Kaer Property Group.

We need volunteers! Interested? Please sign-up with the link below! Car & Boat Show Committee. Image to the left is of National Charity League volunteers from last year at the Oswego Heritage Council's booth.

There are many opportunities to get involved on Sunday, August 27th! We need help in the following areas: 

  • Setting up and tearing down 
  • Assisting at the OHC booth 
  • Registration
  • Raffle prizes 
  • And more!

If you've got a free day and are looking to give back to a local non-profit, volunteering for this massive community event is a great place to do so! Once you sign-up as a volunteer, our Car & Boat Show Committee will get back to you ASAP.



Ongoing project: a partnership with the Lake Oswego Public Library. First image is of Archivist Mark Browne training library volunteers in the meeting room of the Heritage House. Second image is of our archives, boxes of properly stored materials. Third image is of the team working in the Library's history section, cataloguing objects.

Have you seen our volunteers hard at work upstairs at the Lake Oswego Public Library? Been wondering what they're up to? 

OHC Archivist Mark Browne has trained several library volunteers in the important work of cataloguing, archiving, storing, and organizing LOPL's historical collection. This extensive work will make it easier to locate items within the library's collection, with the end goal to digitize both the LOPL historical collection AND the OHC historical collection. New photos, documents, and other artifacts will be brought to the light for the first time in our town's history.

Working together, we are able to build on past work by both organizations to create a new, thriving historical hub in Lake Oswego! This will be a resource that will be accessible to anyone, anywhere.


This project has been made possible thanks to the generous
donations of invaluable community members like you! 

Upcoming events: LO Summer Concert on Wednesday August 9th from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM at Westlake Park. The Car & Boat Show on Sunday, August 27th from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM at George Rogers Park, Sundeleaf Plaza. The September Chautauqua on Wednesday, September 6th from 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM at the Heritage House featuring Korean folk songs on Gayageum.

First Wednesday Chautauqua poster for presentation by Doyeon Lim on Arirang: Korean folk songs on Kayageum.

From the archives. Image is of a group from Mary's Woods at Gaiety Hollow.

This July, OHC Archivist Mark Browne led a group from Mary's Woods to Gaiety Hollow, the home, garden, and studio of Elizabeth Lord and Edith Schryver, the first all-female landscape architecture firm in the Pacific Northwest. Lord and Schyver designed over 200 landscapes and gardens in the region between 1929 and 1969. These influential landscape architects operated across the Pacific Northwest, with some of their gardens still surviving in Lake Oswego today!

Recent acquisitions. Image is of an American Flyer 1921-1922 wind-up locomotive set.

If you remember our "Children of Oswego" exhibit from a few years ago, you aren't the only one! We recently received a donation from someone who attended that exhibit and wanted to add to our collection. The donation is an American Flyer 1921-1922 wind-up locomotive set, and we're so grateful to add it to our archives. You'll see it on display soon! 

If YOU have something you are considering donating, please fill out this form. We'd love to reach out and discuss more with you. 

Membership changes coming your way!

If your membership renewal is coming due, you'll soon notice some changes: simplified tiered levels that have new benefits. We hope that these new levels will provide better opportunities to engage with the exciting work being down at the Heritage House and takes into consideration the feedback received on our membership survey earlier this year.

It is a way to show our appreciation of your support every time you hit "renew." These changes will be on our website in September but will not affect our current members until their next renewal.

Thank you!


Jaguar Land Rover Portland

Active Water SportsBill & Barbara Warner Kaer Property Group

Oregon's Mt. Hood Territory    Ron Erickson

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)
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