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  • 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

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    Then and now

    Can you guess what street this is?
    Hint:
     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

    REGISTER YOUR CAR 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.

    SPONSOR AN AWARD!

    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.

    HOST A BOOTH!

    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.

    REGISTER A BOAT!

    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 www.oswegoheritage.org

    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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  • 03/29/2024 2:41 PM | Anonymous

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    Then & Now

    Can you guess what bridge this is?
    Hint:
     This railroad bridge crosses the Willamette River near the north end of Lake Oswego. 

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

    Circa 1910 photograph of ten men on a half-built railroad bridge in Oswego

    From the desk of your executive director

    I hope you enjoyed the glimpse of spring we were lucky enough to receive! It's settling over the Heritage House in jumps and starts, with daffodils showing their brilliant color and a few pink blossoms poking their heads out. 

    With Spring comes an exciting time of planning for us here at the Heritage House. We have a really exciting 1920s-themed event we'll be promoting soon, along with an upcoming new exhibit and our continued strategic visioning. In short, it's shaping up to a wonderful year! 

    But with all these fun programs to look forward to, I want to take a moment to look back at a few of our Board Members who have paved the way for our success. Mary Puskas, who is retiring from her position but was the Board President when I joined OHC and provided me with invaluable insight as I started my role, and Jeannie McGuire, who will be specially recognized later this year.

    Our team is truly incredible, I can't say it enough. And as we onboard new Board Members who carry a deep passion for historical work and for this community, it's always important to take a moment to give thanks to those who came before us and built the strong foundation that makes growth at the Heritage House now possible. 

    Kathryn Sinor
    Executive Director

    THE OREGONIAN: Discover the hard work it took for one of our Board Members to remove racist language from their home deed

    Did you miss last month's Chautauqua? Preserving your family's history

    DID YOU MISS THE FAMILY ARCHIVISTS' TALK ON PRESERVING YOUR FAMILY'S HISTORY?

    Our presenter, Rachel, recorded her presentation and has shared it with us. A link is available here on our website under the "Earlier This Season" section, along with a list of upcoming Chautauqua presentations so you don't have to miss the next ones! If you have any issues viewing the presentation, please let me know.

    WANT ADDITIONAL RESOURCES? 

    If you're looking for additional resources on how to get started, how to organize family photographs, or other tips and tools to get your family's archives together, feel free to respond to this newsletter. The Family Archivists provided several items to share! 

    Indexing project update. Photo includes a screenshot of part of an excel sheet that lists several items in the OHC archives

    Remember when we talked about creating an index for the public library's history collection? Well, volunteers have been hard at work for the past few months working on an index for OUR collection! Here's a quick behind-the-scenes look:

    Indexing allows us to build a navigable list of what's in a group of items. Instead of researchers digging through thousands of items, the index will allow them to understand at a glance what they'll find.

    The first phase of this process involves volunteers going through our family collections. They include important dates, names, and a general idea of what the item contains. This is an example of a first draft; from these details, we'll build a searchable list for researchers.

    Interested on staying up to date on our projects? Follow us on social media! 

    Upcoming events include the April Chautauqua on Wednesday, April 3rd, Museum closure from April 2nd - 6th, and the Sustainability Fair on Saturday, April 20th.

    April 3 First Wednesday Chautauqua: The Transformation of Modern India by Dr. David Campion. Free to attend from 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM at the Oswego Heritage House

    Oswego Heritage Museum hours: The museum will be closed to the public from 4/2-4/6

    Then & Now

    Top photo is 1910 photograph of ten men on top of a half-built bridge. Bottom photograph is current photo of the railroad bridge.

    Were you able to guess which bridge this photograph featured, c. 1910 to now?

    The 1910 census lists 14 men boarding in Oswego who were working on a bridge. The Southern Pacific Railroad Bridge, now called the Union Pacific Railroad Bridge, features in several historic photographs now on display in our Industry of Early Oswego photo exhibit. As the majestic backdrop of a sternwheeler pushing sawdust barge to the cement plant or visible in the background of a shot of the pipe foundry, this bridge connects us to the past in many ways! 

    Come Visit Our Featured Exhibits!

  • 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.
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    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.

    OSWEGO INDUSTRY

    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!

    LISTEN NOW

    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!

     

    NEW DATE FOR THE WARDROBE WISH LIST! 

    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


  • 01/08/2024 11:37 AM | Anonymous


    Monthly Memo for January 2024 includes: Then & Now segment, a note from the director, OHC in the press, Giving Tuesday update, vote for OHC in the LO Review, Museums for All, upcoming events, and Then & Now segment

    Then & Now

    Stay tuned to the end of the newsletter to see how the site of the new picnic shelter at George Rogers Park compares to the site in 1867!

    The new picnic shelter at George Rogers Park, 2023

    The new picnic shelter at George Rogers Park was installed in 2023.

    From the desk of your Executive Director

    We hope everyone has had a happy and safe holiday season! While we are wrapping up 2023, we are also looking forward to 2024, 2025, and beyond... The OHC Board of Directors is working hard to establish a long-term vision for the Oswego Heritage Council, and we can't plan on the future without you! This plan will encompass the next 3-5 years and allow us to build our organization into a more community-based, forward-thinking museum and archives.

    Keep your eye out for opportunities to get involved, and SAVE THE DATE for our annual member meeting on Saturday, February 17th, at 10:00 AM. We'll be reviewing how we did in 2023, share big plans for 2024, and have a special surprise planned for those in attendance.

    Looking forward to a great new year!

    Kathryn Sinor

    Executive Director

    OHC in the Press: Lake Oswego group undertakes preservation
    of Oregon Iron & Steel Company records

    5 ways to support the Oswego Heritage Council on Giving Tuesday

    Here's how we did during this year's
    Giving Tuesday!

    This year, we launched a Giving Tuesday campaign to encourage people to engage with OHC! If you're wondering how we did, here are our goals and numbers:

    GOAL 1 MEMBERSHIP: With a goal of 20 new or renewed memberships, we got halfway there!

    GOAL 2 SOCIAL MEDIA: With a goal of having 15 new followers on Instagram and Facebook, we just beat that goal by having 16 new followers!

    GOAL 4 ARCHIVAL DONATIONS: While we were not able to complete our entire goal for donations to the Library Project, we're thrilled to announce that the renovation of a recently acquired 1893 painting has been fully funded by donations!

    GOAL 5 VOLUNTEERS: With a goal of 5 new volunteers, we were lucky to bring in 3 new volunteers who are currently working on important projects to help make history more accessible.

    Still want to participate in the giving season?

    Follow us on Facebook or Instagram!

    Donate to Archival Projects Today

    Vote for Oswego Heritage Council for the very best of Lake Oswego

    The Lake Oswego Review and West Linn Tiding papers are hosting a Best of Lake Oswego and West Linn contest! Vote for OHC's nomination today for the Best Place to Bring Out-of-Towners under "Things to Do"!

    Voting period is until 01/24/24, with the top three nominees in each category moving onto the voting round.

    Vote on the LO Review website today!

    Museums for All: an initiation of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Proud participating museum

    Today, the Oswego Heritage Council announced that it has joined Museums for All, a signature access program of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), administered by the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM), to encourage people of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly and build lifelong museum-going habits.

    The program supports those receiving food assistance (SNAP) benefits visiting the Oswego Heritage Council by providing a free museum membership with the presentation of a SNAP Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card. Similar free and reduced admission is available to eligible members of the public at more than 850 museums across the country. Museums for All is part of the Oswego Heritage Council’s broad commitment to seek, include, and welcome all audiences.

    Museums for All helps expand access to museums and also raise public awareness about how museums in the U.S. are reaching their entire communities. More than 850 institutions participate in the initiative, including art museums, children’s museums, science centers, botanical gardens, zoos, history museums, and more. Participating museums are located nationwide, representing all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. Virgin Islands.

    Want to learn more? Visit the Museums for All Website.

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


    The 1909 School presents Wardrobe Wish List on Saturday, January 20, 2024, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM by Kay Demlow

    George Rogers Park, picnic shelter, 2023

    George Rogers Park, picnic shelter (2023)

    Charcoal shed on the north side of Green Street, 1867

    Charcoal shed on the north side of Green Street

    The iron furnace is on the far right, inside the building with the chimney. This detail of photo was provided by Carleton Watkins, 1867. Thanks to Susanna Kuo for sharing!


  • 12/04/2023 10:53 AM | Anonymous

    Monthly memo for december 2023 includes: a note from the Director, Giving Tuesday, Vote for the next mini exhibit, update on LOPL project, upcoming events, from the archives, and for educators. The photo to the right is of the Turnell Bros Grocery in circa 1920, opposite present day Lakewood Center for the Arts

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    from the desk of your executive director

    We were saddened to receive news on the loss of Bill Warner, someone who was passionate and committed to the preservation of Lake Oswego history, supported endless community endeavors, and left such a positive impact throughout his life. Because of Bill Warner, we were able to make Lake Oswego history more accessible than ever, and we are all the better for his presence. 

    To quote Dr. Stephen Beckham, "Bill Warner was a marvelous positive thinker and a man committed to his community. He was a stalwart for years in support of the Oswego Heritage Council. He was ever ready to serve on a committee and share his wise advice. He was a businessman who shared his time and resources for the benefit of all of us who live here. He will be missed." 

    We hope to honor his memory at the Heritage House and are incredibly grateful to have known him. 

    Kathryn Sinor
    Executive Director


    5 ways to support the Oswego Heritage Council on Giving Tuesday

    There's still time to support Oswego Heritage for Giving Tuesday! 

    Join as a member or renew your membership between now and December 28th for the chance to win a gift certificate to the OHC Gift Shop, where you can find some incredible gifts for the holiday season! 

    If you want to support us in other ways, consider: 

    • Following us on social media 
    • Visiting the museum with your friends or family
    • Signing up to volunteer
    • Donating directly to archival project
    Donate to Archival Projects Today!


    Vote for the next photo exhibit in the meeting space

    Vote NOW for the theme of our next photo exhibit. This mini-exhibit will pull from historic photographs within our collection and be set-up in our community meeting space.

    Possible themes include:

    ⛏ Industry (logging, railroad, iron)

     ‍♀️ Recreational activities

      Agriculture

      Around town (businesses, houses, streets, etc.)

    VOTE TODAY!


    The library project, the next stage, indexing historical collections to allow easy navigation

    A brief update on our project with the Lake Oswego Public Library on their historical collection!

    This incredible partnership has allowed OHC to work with new volunteers on organizing and cataloguing thousands of photographs, documents, and more. With the bulk of the preservation work accomplished, we are now in our next stage: INDEXING.

    Indexing allows us to build a navigable list of what's in a group of items. Instead of researchers digging through thousands of photographs, the index will allow them to understand at a glance what they'll find. This incredibly useful tool means that the LOPL historical collection will soon be easier to navigate!

    AND THAT'S NOT ALL...

    Once we're done with the LOPL collection, we'll be working on our own! These indexes will be available on our website so that you can see, in depth, the items we have in our archives. A great tool for researchers and the curious alike!

    Upcoming events include the holiday market, historical fashion workshop, and February Chautauqua

    The museum will be closed to the public: 

    December 7th and 8th

    December 27th through January 1st

    January 3rd through 5th

    We apologize for the inconvenience and look forward to seeing you in the new year!

    Oswego Heritage Council Holiday Marketplace on Wednesday, December 6 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM at the Oswego Heritage House


    From the archives

    The peg from Oswego's peg tree has come home! 

    The Peg Tree is the survivor of a stand of fir trees that once lined Furnace Street down to the Iron Company Furnace. The magnificent row provided a natural park but was mostly cut down by order of the county road supervisor in the late 1800s.

    The Peg Tree provided a gathering place for the residents of early Oswego. Hanging a lantern from a wooden peg to provide lighting, community members set up roughhewn benches and conducted business under the branches. Adam Randolph Shipley provided religious instruction at the site from 1852 onwards, and the Oswego Grange #175 would be built there in 1890, serving as a school during the week, a meeting place on Saturdays, and a Methodist Church on Sundays. The Peg Tree has seen generations of Oswego history and remains growing today.

    The original peg that hung in the Peg Tree will soon be on permanent display in the Oswego Heritage Museum. 

    resources list for educators includes free membership, classroom visits, and local history primary sources

    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!

    EDUCATOR RESOURCES


  • 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.

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    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! 

    SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4TH 
    10:00 AM - 2:00 PM 
    OSWEGO HERITAGE HOUSE 
    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!

    EDUCATOR RESOURCES

    Thanks to our sponsors



  • 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.
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    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 www.oswegoheritage.org. Historic photograph of clean-up of the Oswego Pioneer Cemetery with overgrown gravestones.

    JOIN US FOR
    A SPOOKY NIGHT OF
    HISTORY & HAUNTINGS!

    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.

    GET YOUR TICKETS TODAY!

    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.

    WANT TO LEARN MORE?

    DISCOVER THE PAINTING'S HISTORY AND DONATE

    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!

    EDUCATOR RESOURCES


  • 09/01/2023 9:34 AM | Anonymous

    Monthly Memo for September 2023: a note from the Director, museum hours, LO Review c. 1930s, upcoming events, from the archives, membership changes. Photo to the right of winner of an award at the Car and Boat Show with her cream-colored Thunderbird. Follow us online @oswegoheritage

    From the desk of your Executive Director. Photo to the right of a crowd of people walking around the Car and Boat Show

    Thank you to all those who attended the 2023 Collector Car & Classic Boat Show! We had an amazing turnout of volunteers and guests, as well as wonderful support from the Car & Boat Show Committee. The Car & Boat Show is the largest event that OHC hosts and is one of our major fundraisers. Because of the support that goes into the show, we are able to fund new exhibits, archival projects, and education programs. 

    Did you have a favorite car at the show? 

    You'll be able to see photos from the event soon on our website, including winners of the sponsor trophies and more information about the booths, sponsors, and participants that made it out to the event. 

    We'll see you next year on August 25, 2024, for another great show! 

    Kathryn Sinor
    Executive Director

    Oswego Heritage Museum hours: the museum is closed from September 6-12. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope you visit soon! Contact www.oswegoheritage.org, @oswegoheritage, 503.635.6373

    We will be open for Chautauqua on Wednesday, Sept. 6th, and rental events, but the museum's normal hours will be closed for a few days. Staff will be attending conferences in order to better the Heritage House's community engagement, educational programs, and exhibit protocol. We look forward to sharing what we've learned!

    Circa 1930s+ LO Review, approximately 150 bound copies. Thank you to Carissa Barrett, Mark Browne, Brian Monihan, Pamplin Media Group. "The Diary of the Town" Two photos: one of shelves filled with bound copies of the newspapers on their side and one of Carissa Barrett showing off the piles with a flourish of her hand.

    Something exciting has recently come into the possession of the Heritage House: approximately 150 bound copies of the LO Review, which Archivist Mark Browne calls "the diary of the town." These historic newspapers chronicle a changing Lake Oswego and will be available for research by request. 

    We would not have been able to accept this donation from Pamplin Media Group without the support of Carissa Barrett, the Technology/Adult Services Librarian at the Lake Oswego Public Library. Carissa is a fervent supporter of the history of Lake Oswego, having contributed to the creation of the Barrett Family Archive Room at the Oswego Heritage House. 

    THANK YOU! 

    This project has been made possible thanks to
    invaluable community members like you! 

    List of upcoming events, including September Chautauqua, LO Farmers' Market, Stafford Hamlet Family Fest, and Centenarian Celebration

    September 6, Wednesday, First Wednesday Chautauqua, Oswego Heritage Council. Arirang: Korean Folk Songs on Kayageum by Doyeon Lim. Free to attend, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM, Oswego Heritage House, refreshments at 5:00 PM. Photo of historic Korean painting of a woman playing the kayageum.

    From the archives... Black and white photo of five young people on a car, c. 1920s

    OHC volunteers have been hard at work scanning and cataloguing over 2,000 photographs as part of our new Vose Family Collection. These photographs chronicle a prominent family through 20th century Oswego. While the family has kept the original photographs, Sharon Gustafson has allowed us to make scans of the historic photographs for our archives.

    THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTRIBUTION TO HISTORY! 

    Do you have photographs or documents you've considered donating but don't want to let go of yet? We can do the same for you! Preserve a small piece of history by keeping a copy of your historic photographs or documents in our archives. 

    If YOU have something you would like scanned and preserved, please fill out this form. We'd love to reach out and discuss more with you. 

    Membership changes coming your way!

    If your membership renewal is coming due, you'll soon notice some changes: simplified tiered levels that have new benefits. We hope that these new levels will provide better opportunities to engage with the exciting work being down at the Heritage House and takes into consideration the feedback received on our membership survey earlier this year.

    It is a way to show our appreciation of your support every time you hit "renew." These changes will be on our website this month but will not affect our current members until their next renewal.

    Thank you!

  • 08/18/2023 1:43 PM | Anonymous

    JOIN US SUNDAY, AUGUST 27th FOR THIS YEAR'S 
    COLLECTOR CAR & CLASSIC BOAT SHOW! 

    Expect 200 cars, 20 boats, and fun exhibitor booths to keep you and your family entertained. The weather's scheduled to be great, the vehicles will be unique, and the community that you'll find at the event can't be beat.

    9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    George Rogers Park
    Sundeleaf Plaza

    Proceeds from the event support fulfill the mission of the Oswego Heritage Council to preserve and promote the history of Lake Oswego. 

    FIND OUT MORE ON OUR WEBSITE


  • 08/01/2023 1:11 PM | Anonymous

    Monthly memo for August 2023, featuring: a note from the director, car & boat show news, ongoing project, upcoming events, from the archives, membership changes. Follow us online @oswegoheritage. Picture to the right of five young women from circa 1950 in bathing suits, about to jump into Lake Oswego.

    From the desk of your Executive Director... Image to the right of Kathryn at the Fourth of July parade with Board Member Tom O'Connor, holding a banner for the upcoming Car & Boat Show.

    Thank you to all those who attended our annual fundraiser, Rock Your Ribs! Despite the hot weather, we had a great turnout and raised more than $8,000 for special archives projects and general operations to keep the Heritage House flourishing. The Lakeridge High School Jazz Band did an amazing job with stellar music, and we couldn't have done much of the behind-the-scenes work without NCL's mother-daughter teams volunteering and our wonderful Board of Directors. 

    If you weren't able to make it to the festivities, there are other ways to support the Oswego Heritage House that we hope you'll consider: 

    • Tell your friends about our organization! You are our best resource. If you like what we do, your friends and family might get just as excited about it! 
    • Attend our annual Car & Boat Show on August 27th! 
    • Consider buying a raffle ticket at August 9th's Summer Concert! OHC will receive a portion of the cost. 
    • Leave a review on Google Reviews or other similar sites! The more engagement we get, the more people are likely to hear about us.

    Thank you,

    Kathryn Sinor
    Executive Director

    This year's Collector Car & Classic Boat Show poster for Sunday, August 27, 2023. Presented by Jaguar Land Rover Portland. Orange background with a large image of a vintage car's taillights on the left and an antique wooden boat's stern on the right. Collector cars from 9 am to 3 pm at George Rogers Park, Lake Oswego. Venue sponsor City of Lake Oswego. Classic Boats from 9 am to 3 pm at Sundeleaf Plaza, Lake Oswego. Venue sponsor Kaer Property Group.


    We need volunteers! Interested? Please sign-up with the link below! Car & Boat Show Committee. Image to the left is of National Charity League volunteers from last year at the Oswego Heritage Council's booth.

    There are many opportunities to get involved on Sunday, August 27th! We need help in the following areas: 

    • Setting up and tearing down 
    • Assisting at the OHC booth 
    • Registration
    • Raffle prizes 
    • And more!

    If you've got a free day and are looking to give back to a local non-profit, volunteering for this massive community event is a great place to do so! Once you sign-up as a volunteer, our Car & Boat Show Committee will get back to you ASAP.

    WE HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

    VOLUNTEER AT THE CAR & BOAT SHOW!

    Ongoing project: a partnership with the Lake Oswego Public Library. First image is of Archivist Mark Browne training library volunteers in the meeting room of the Heritage House. Second image is of our archives, boxes of properly stored materials. Third image is of the team working in the Library's history section, cataloguing objects.

    Have you seen our volunteers hard at work upstairs at the Lake Oswego Public Library? Been wondering what they're up to? 

    OHC Archivist Mark Browne has trained several library volunteers in the important work of cataloguing, archiving, storing, and organizing LOPL's historical collection. This extensive work will make it easier to locate items within the library's collection, with the end goal to digitize both the LOPL historical collection AND the OHC historical collection. New photos, documents, and other artifacts will be brought to the light for the first time in our town's history.

    Working together, we are able to build on past work by both organizations to create a new, thriving historical hub in Lake Oswego! This will be a resource that will be accessible to anyone, anywhere.

    THANK YOU! 

    This project has been made possible thanks to the generous
    donations of invaluable community members like you! 

    Upcoming events: LO Summer Concert on Wednesday August 9th from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM at Westlake Park. The Car & Boat Show on Sunday, August 27th from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM at George Rogers Park, Sundeleaf Plaza. The September Chautauqua on Wednesday, September 6th from 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM at the Heritage House featuring Korean folk songs on Gayageum.


    First Wednesday Chautauqua poster for presentation by Doyeon Lim on Arirang: Korean folk songs on Kayageum.

    From the archives. Image is of a group from Mary's Woods at Gaiety Hollow.

    This July, OHC Archivist Mark Browne led a group from Mary's Woods to Gaiety Hollow, the home, garden, and studio of Elizabeth Lord and Edith Schryver, the first all-female landscape architecture firm in the Pacific Northwest. Lord and Schyver designed over 200 landscapes and gardens in the region between 1929 and 1969. These influential landscape architects operated across the Pacific Northwest, with some of their gardens still surviving in Lake Oswego today!

    Recent acquisitions. Image is of an American Flyer 1921-1922 wind-up locomotive set.

    If you remember our "Children of Oswego" exhibit from a few years ago, you aren't the only one! We recently received a donation from someone who attended that exhibit and wanted to add to our collection. The donation is an American Flyer 1921-1922 wind-up locomotive set, and we're so grateful to add it to our archives. You'll see it on display soon! 

    If YOU have something you are considering donating, please fill out this form. We'd love to reach out and discuss more with you. 

    Membership changes coming your way!

    If your membership renewal is coming due, you'll soon notice some changes: simplified tiered levels that have new benefits. We hope that these new levels will provide better opportunities to engage with the exciting work being down at the Heritage House and takes into consideration the feedback received on our membership survey earlier this year.

    It is a way to show our appreciation of your support every time you hit "renew." These changes will be on our website in September but will not affect our current members until their next renewal.

    Thank you!

    THANK YOU TO THESE SPONSORS
    FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF 
    OUR ANNUAL CAR & BOAT SHOW
     

    Jaguar Land Rover Portland

    Active Water SportsBill & Barbara Warner Kaer Property Group

    Oregon's Mt. Hood Territory    Ron Erickson

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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)
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