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Monthly Memo: May 2024

05/03/2024 2:26 PM | Anonymous

Monthly memo for May 2024 features then and now segment, a note from the director, ohc in the press, car and boat show open, guess the next exhibit, upcoming events, then and now segment, and thank you to our sponsors. photograph next to words of a letter


Then and now

Can you guess what street this is?
 This photograph was taken circa 1908 from the upper stories of the 1893 Oswego School.

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

1908 photograph of old town Oswego, which has a few (mostly white) buildings amid a field and trees.

From the desk of your Executive Director. Photograph of the director smiling next to a poster at the Oregon Heritage Conference

Last month, I had the joy of presenting a poster at the 2024 Oregon Heritage Conference about our work with Lake Oswego Public Library. These conferences allow us to share Lake Oswego history and the hard work our community does to preserve it on a much broader scale, connecting to other professionals in the field so that we can constantly work to improve our own organization. I'm looking forward to sharing where some of the fresh ideas lead! 

April was also a big month in other ways: the 1893 painting that was restored thanks to donations from supporters like you has returned to the Heritage House! It is now on full display. If you'd like to read more about the story, please see the LO Review article below. 

As we shift into spring, and inevitably into summer, you'll be seeing several events, opportunities, and even a new exhibit at the museum. Keep an eye out for these developments, as we'll share them with you first! 

Kathryn Sinor
Executive Director

Oswego Heritage Council presents 2024 Collector Car & Classic Boat Show. Save the date for August 25, 9 o'clock. Register your spot online today


Our vehicle display area at George Rogers Park is limited, so sign up your car or motorcycle now to secure your place at this outstanding community event attended by enthusiasts from throughout the region. Our show is exceptional because it’s not a strictly judged show but rather a fun and unique event for families and enthusiasts.


Choose a favorite car and present them with an award during the show's ceremony! Sponsorship opportunities range in level of support, but all donations benefit the Oswego Heritage Council's mission to preserve and promote the history of Lake Oswego.


Know a business that would benefit from having a booth at the show? Vendor booths will be amongst the action, reaching the thousands of visitors that attend the show.


We need more boats! If you or someone you know has a boat that they're interested in displaying, we'd love to have you at Sundeleaf Plaza. Classic boat registration is free, although additional cleaning fees may be present if coming from outside the lake.

Guess the next exhibit!

Last week, we posted this hint on social media to guess the next exhibit! We'll be revealing the name and opening date of our exhibit soon, but if you'd like to guess in the meantime, see if you can fill in the blanks! 

Need some more help? Here's another hint of the subject matter, from an excerpt of a letter that connects to one of our highlighted stories:

". . . you know this is Leap Year and you had better be careful, or some girl will claim you as their 'Sweetie' ‘cause you’re an awfully nice boy."

Want to keep up to date on what we post? Follow us on Facebook or Instagram @oswegoheritage!

Upcoming events feature May Chautauqua, First Saturday, and Pints from the Past

First Wednesday Chautauqua, All My Love to You, Charlie Boy: A Story from the OHC Archives

Family Days on First Saturdays at the Oswego Heritage Council icon, with the Heritage House in the background. Other text says: Join us at the Oswego Heritage House for fun activities and history every first Saturday of the month! Free to attend from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM. Learn more at

Then and now

1908 photograph of old town Oswego, which has a few (mostly white) buildings amid a field and trees.

Were you able to guess which street this photograph featured, circa 1908?

This is 1908 Old Town Oswego! The building on the left with a pole in the front is the LO Post Office (the Prosser Store), and the building behind the tree is the Odd Fellows Building. The photo was taken looking east from the steps or upper stories of the Oswego School on State Street, now the Lakewood Center for the Arts.

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