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Monthly Memo: February 2024

02/03/2024 9:40 AM | Anonymous
Monthly memo for February 2024 includes: Then & Now segment, a note from the director, new photo exhibit, OHC in the press, annual meeting invite, podcast interview, upcoming events, then & now segment, and sponsor. There is a photo to the right of Lake Oswego during the ice storm of 1962.

Then & Now

Can you guess this Lake Oswego street, c. 1890?

Stay tuned to the end of the newsletter to find out!

A circa 1890 street in Lake Oswego. The street is mostly mud with tracks on it. There is a coach being pulled by a horse and several people around.

From the desk of your Executive Director

We hope everyone has stayed safe during the January ice storm! While the Heritage House remained untouched, in large part due to Board Member Scott Havens taking care of dangerous tree limbs two weeks before the storm, things got a little too close for comfort when a large tree fell across A Avenue -- and directly in front of the house. We know that not everyone was lucky, and the amount of damage to houses, businesses, and the community is something weighing heavy in Lake Oswego. 

On social media, we had shared some photos of the big storm that passed through Lake Oswego in 1962, which sparked some great conversation about where people were, what they were doing, and what came from the storm. It was a good reminder of the power these storms have to hurt a community -- and how important it is to come together afterwards. The power of history! 

In February, we're moving forward with our Annual Member Meeting on Saturday, Feb. 17th, and hope you'll join us! We will be unveiling one incredible piece of Lake Oswego history, freshly mounted by Chrisman Framing. Can you guess the item in the photo before its big reveal? 

Stay safe out there, and enjoy the glimpses of sunny weather this weekend is bringing! 

Kathryn Sinor
Executive Director

New photo exhibit of Oswego Industry. Includes an image of a group of men in front of lumber and a farmer in a field.


The theme for our new photo exhibit was chosen by museum supporters like you! Touching on some of the major industries in Oswego during the 19th and 20th centuries, OSWEGO INDUSTRY will allow guests to explore what work was prevalent in a growing community. This photo exhibit will be in our meeting space area and will be on display through 2024, beginning in mid-February. 

We hope you'll check it out!

OHC in the Press: Lake Oswego heritage council joins initiative to increase museum access

Annual Meeting: 17 February, 2024 from 10-11:00 AM. Join OHC for a morning of community, history, and vision.

Join us on Saturday, February 17th, from 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM for our annual meeting! Discover how the Oswego Heritage Council did in 2023, learn more about our archival projects, and engage with your fellow community members at this event. 

There will be treats and coffee available for a brief social hour, beginning at 9:30 AM. A special unveiling will occur at the conclusion of the meeting. 

Vintage photo of the Heritage House with the words "Now Streaming: Listen to our interview with Preservation Oaks, a history podcast about museums, to learn more about OHC!"

Go behind-the-scenes with Oswego Heritage Council in an interview between our Executive Director, Kathryn, and the host of Preservation Oaks, Sean.

Preservation Oaks highlights Museums, Cultural and Heritage Institutions, Historical and Genealogical Societies, and history focused Media Creators across the United States. In this episode, discover more about one of Lake Oswego's historical gems!


Upcoming events include February Chautauqua, Annual Member Meeting, and Wardrobe Wishlist

First Wednesday Chautauqua on February 7th. The History and Mystery of Magic with David Charvet. Free to attend from 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM at the Springs in Lake Oswego

Interested in more magic? Attend West Linn Historical Society's CONJURING VAUDEVILLE!



FEBRUARY 24TH, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM 

The 1909 School presents Wardrobe Wish List. Event flyer for Kay Demlow's event with the Heritage House

Then & Now

A circa 1890 street in Lake Oswego. The street is mostly mud, with tracks through it from wagons and coaches. A coach being pulled by a horse is visible, and several people are around.

Can you see the similarities to the Lake Oswego street, from 1890 to today?

The street was A avenue (E view toward the river and between 1st and 2nd Street)!

An image of A Avenue in Lake Oswego, with a view toward the river and between 1st and 2nd Streets.

Thank you to our sponsors

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

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