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Monthly Memo: November 2023

11/01/2023 2:34 PM | Anonymous

Monthly Memo for November 2023 includes: A note from the director, new exhibit, OHC in the press, upcoming events, from the archive, free teacher / student membership, educator resources, and thanks to our sponsors! Photo to the right is of Lulu Magone with unbound, long hair from 1915 and a caption that reads: Before she cut her hair for the first time. The Magones are featured in our new exhibit.


From the desk of your executive director. Photo to the right of Kathryn and a volunteer dressed in 1905 attire.

The Oswego Heritage House has been busy! 

We have just launched our new exhibit, "THE GOOD DEATH," which explores our changing relationship to death through the eyes of Oswego's early families. Our membership changes have gone live on our website. The Chautauqua lecture series is in full swing, and the Holiday Marketplace is planned. We have some new programming opportunities for classrooms and are beginning to plan out some exciting events for the upcoming year! 

In short, we want to thank you for your support, whether that be through a membership, showing up to an event, or expressing interest in what we do. We wouldn't have been able to accomplish all that we have without our amazing supporters, and in this month of being thankful, we can't help but highlight you all! 

Stay tuned for more exciting developments as we head into the last two months of 2023. 

Kathryn Sinor
Executive Director

The Good Death: Dying through the eyes of Oswego's early families. Photo of Dena Prosser's funeral procession in 1890s

What does it mean to have "A Good Death"?

Families in early Oswego dealt with the cycle of life on an intimate level, as had every generation prior to them. Birth was at home, as was the gruesome process of dying and death, but the difficulty was ameliorated by community involvement.  Following a few key families in Oswego, this exhibit traces the changing customs around death and explores complex questions about grieving, dying, and how we treat our dead. 

Join us for the official opening of the exhibit, including an introduction on caring for family photos with The Family Archivists! 

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM 
398 10th St., Lake Oswego, Oregon

LO REVIEW: Lake Oswego's evolving relationship with death

First Wednesday Chautauqua: Whistle Punks and Misery Whips: Logging the Williamette Valley, 1850 to 1960 by Dr. Stephen Beckham

From the archives. Photo to the right of Dr. Mark Browne giving a presentation at the Lake Oswego Public Library

Archivist Mark Browne has a new area of interest: Elizabeth Lord and Edith Schryver, the first women in the Pacific Northwest to own and operate their own landscape architecture firm. He's given several presentations to organizations about their contributions to the area, including a few Lake Oswego gardens that are still in existence today. 

If you're interested in his presentation, don't worry! It's coming soon to a Chautauqua lecture near you. In the meantime, learn more about these incredible women on the Lord & Schryver Conservatory website here.

FREE MEMBERSHIP LEVEL for teachers and students!

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!


Thanks to our sponsors

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

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Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

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