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Monthly Memo: October 2023

10/05/2023 9:54 AM | Anonymous
Monthly Memo October 2023: a note from the director, a haunting history, then & now exhibit, upcoming events, from the archives, educator resources. To the right is an image from the 1895 Dena Prosser Funeral of a group of people gathered and marching on the corner of Durham & Church Streetes.

From the desk of your Executive Director. Photo on the right of director Kathryn Sinor and board member Jeannie McGuire.

With sprinkling rain and cooling temperatures, fall is settling over Lake Oswego and bringing with it a new exhibit, new events, and new opportunities at the Heritage House! 

One of the most exciting items of the season is the announcement that the Oswego Heritage Council was recently accepted to participate in the Clackamas County Nonprofit Capacity Building Recovery Assistance Program (CBRA), in partnership with MercyCorps Northwest. This amazing program comes with cash assistance, as well as technical assistance to ensure the Oswego Heritage Council will remain a vibrant and sustainable organization for generations to come. 

After working with OHC Board of Directors and volunteers, we have determined that our capacity building will focus on FINANCE. Our goal is to be increasingly transparent, to build systems that are easy to use, and to engage our wonderful community in the work we do. This program will lead nicely into developing our upcoming strategic vision. 

Through this behind-the-scenes work, we aim to build a pathway forward together so that we can serve the needs of our community and be the best version of our organization that we can possibly be.

Kathryn Sinor
Executive Director

A Haunting History, October 21st and 28th at the Oswego Heritage House. Tickets available online at Historic photograph of clean-up of the Oswego Pioneer Cemetery with overgrown gravestones.


Come one, come all, to catch a glimpse of Oswego as it was in 1905... A time of turbulent changes, growing pains, and a rise in a movement of spirits, seances, and speaking with the dead. 

A Haunting History will feature fear-filled activities to learn more about the culture of death in the early 20th century, refreshments of the most spooky order, a sneak peak at our new exhibit on death & dying, and an Edwardian reenactment of a seance. Guests will discover the tricks of the trade, get a behind the scenes look at these spiritual performances, and discover the strange ways our relationship with death has changed. 

OHC will also be collecting YOUR ghost stories from around Lake Oswego. Want to submit them early? Fill out our form here!

Guests are invited to dress-up and embrace the experience for its unique engagement of history but to recognize that it is a reenactment meant to educate. No spirits will actually be summoned. This event is best for children over the age of 12, but because of the subject matter, please use your best judgment.


Then & Now panels of State Street in Lake Oswego

One of our most popular exhibits, Then & Now, will be leaving the Heritage House this month! Then & Now features historic photographs from around Lake Oswego compared to what it looks like today. It is a great way to understand how our town has developed and to spur conversations on what it might look like 100 years from now. 

Haven't seen the exhibit yet? 

Check it out before it leaves this month!

The museum is open on M, W, Th, and Fri from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM. We are also open on the first Saturdays of the month.

Upcoming events include: October Chautauqua on Wednesday, October 4th at the Heritage House about Margaret Henderson, pioneer entreprenaur. Family Day on Saturday, October 7th from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM at the Heritage House. A Haunting History on Saturday, October 21st & 28th at the Heritage House. Descriptions of events included.

From the archives. To the right is an image of the 1893 painting of Willamette Falls in the Oswego Heritage Council's collection

Remember the 1893 painting of Willamette Falls that we were fundraising for earlier this year? We nearly hit our goal!

$1,200 RAISED OUT OF $1,750

The restoration expert, Sonja, has been hard at work and will return the completed painting by the end of the year. As of this week, the painting has been cleaned, lined, and reattached to its auxiliary support. She is currently working on the filling on the losses and will soon begin the necessary retouching. When we receive the completed work, those who donated will be invited to see it first, where it will hang in the Heritage House.



Then & Now: How has Lake Oswego changed over time? Photo of State Street in Oswego in c. 1905 with a collection of people walking towards a picnic at the lake.

Do you know a teacher? 

We have new resources available on our website for educators teaching local history. There is downloadable curriculum, best for 2nd - 4th graders, to discover the ways in which their local community has changed over time. We are also now accepting applications for free classroom visits with a Then & Now program. Get involved today, and share with the educators in your life!


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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