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Monthly Memo: June 2024

05/30/2024 12:42 PM | Anonymous

Monthly memo in June 2024 includes: then and now segment, a note from the director, from the arcives, new exhibit opening, online storymap, upcoming events, then and now segment, and a thank you to our sponsors


Then and now

Can you guess what all these women have in common?

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

Three photographs, all black and white. The one on the right is of Clara and Cora Wilmot, twins, looking at each other. The middle one is a young girl dressed as a flapper. And the one to the right is three young women in longer skirts/dresses outside.

From the desk of your executive director

The Oswego Heritage Council wants to offer a warm CONGRATULATIONS to two important people within our organization:

Jeannie McGuire, Board Member Emeritus, was awarded the HRAB Merit Award for Historic Preservation, which will hereafter be named the Jeannie McGuire Historic Preservation Award, for her hard work to save multiple historic properties through the years.

Mark Browne, Archivist for OHC, was awarded the C. Herald Campbell Heritage Champion Award at the Chamber of Commerce's Community Awards on Thursday, for his impressive work in archival preservation across the city.

These two amazing individuals have done wonderful work, not just for us at OHC, but for organizations across the city. If you see them out and about, make sure to offer your congratulations!

Kathryn Sinor
Executive Director

From the archives

We are thrilled to be working with the Oswego Quilters, who recently completed a documentation day for several historic quilts -- including a few from the OHC archives! Very soon, we will be bringing in a part of their organization's archives to preserve and educate about this important slice of history. These quilts, and those that made them, tell so many stories, and we can't wait to share!

If you're excited to learn more, take a listen to an oral history interview that the Oswego Quilters did with one of their members, Emmy Lou Johnson.

OSWEGO QUILTERS: Oral History with Emmy Lou Johnson

New exhibit opening

Join us on Saturday, June 1st, for the opening of
LO in LOve: Love Stories from Early Oswego!

The museum will be open for visitors THIS SATURDAY from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM. Discover love vignettes that are scandalous, romantic, and sometimes doomed from throughout Oswego's history. From the love letters of multiple women in love with the same man to early examples of 20th century wedding dresses to the charming story that explains the simple diary entry "married in a hurry. had to," you'll learn the deeply personal stories from Oswego falling in love.

Front page of the storymap labeled "All My Love to You, Charlie Boy: the Charles Benjamin Hill Love Letters, 1919-1921"

In early April 2020, the Executive Director of the Oswego Heritage Council received a phone call from a resident in First Addition, Lake Oswego, wanting to know if we would like a cache of "vintage letters" she found in her attic. The collection would end up consisting of 306 love letters to Charles Benjamin Hill, a lifelong Oswego resident, from multiple young women he met during his travels.

The letters were organized, scanned, and transcribed as written with misspellings, grammatical errors, and non sequiturs. The Oswego Heritage Council's research team added explanatory footnotes, family histories, and genealogies to provide an understanding of the lives of these women.

This is a condensed version, available online in a storymap format and with excerpts from the people who wrote to him. If you would like to read the full copy, please visit the Heritage House or the Lake Oswego Public Library.


Upcoming events include: June Chautauqua, exhibit opening, and Bootlegger's Ball

First Wednesday Chautauqua. Ask the Ancients: Astonishing Advice for Daily Dilemmas by Dr. Sylvia Gray on June 5th, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM at the Heritage House

The Bootlegger's Ball: a 1920s inspired event of music, dancing, dining, and our original speakeasy soiree. The poster is in art deco style.

Then and now

Three photographs, all black and white. The one on the right is of Clara and Cora Wilmot, twins, looking at each other. The middle one is a young girl dressed as a flapper. And the one to the right is three young women in longer skirts/dresses outside.

Were you able to guess what all these women have in common?

These photographs were all taken in 1920s Oswego, specifically between the years 1921-1925! The left photograph features Cora and Clara Wilmot, twins who labeled the photograph "45 year old flappers!" The middle photograph is Leah Davidson in 1925, and the final photograph is Rosella Woodward (middle) with two of her friends in 1921.

This month, we are highlighting fashion and scenery from this era for inspiration for our June 29th event, the Bootlegger's Ball! This is a fundraising event for both the Oswego Heritage Council and the West Linn Historical Society, and donations will benefit both historical organizations. There will be a silent auction, live jazz band, prohibition-style drinks, the optional speakeasy show featuring burlesque professionals, and other opportunities to give.


Thank you to our sponsors

Aase Besson

Veva Goehler

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