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Oswego Museum Seeking Artifacts from Local Veterans

Oct 06, 2015 12:11PM ● Published by Steven Jack

Oswego’s Little White School Museum is seeking local residents’ military photographs and memorabilia for their annual “Remembering our Veterans” exhibit, set for Saturday through Tuesday, Nov. 8-11, at the museum, 72 Polk Street, Oswego. Donation of original items is preferred, but the museum can scan original photos for return to their owners. For more information, call the museum at 630-554-2999 or send an email to

Oswego’s Little White School Museum is seeking photos and memorabilia of Oswegoland residents who served in the nation’s military forces for exhibit during their annual “Remembering our Veterans” salute.

This year’s exhibit will be held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7 through Sunday, Nov. 15, at the museum, 72 Polk Street (Jackson at Polk Street), in Oswego.

Assistant museum director Bob Stekl said the museum is especially seeking candid snapshots and slides taken during residents’ military service along with formal military portraits for exhibit during the event, along with uniforms, documents related to their military service, and other related items.

“We prefer the donation of actual items,” Stekl said. “But in the case of photos and slides, we can usually scan the original and give it back to the owner the same day, if they bring them in during our regular archives and research hours.”

The museum’s archives and research area is open Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to noon.

The museum has a growing collection of military photos, uniforms, documents, and other materials from the Civil War up through the current wars in the Middle East and Afghanistan.

The extensive “Remembering Our Veterans” exhibit, which completely fills the museum’s Main Room, is mounted during each year’s Veterans Day observance. It draws hundreds of rarely-seen artifacts, photographs, and documents from the museum’s collections. In addition, each year’s exhibit features a “Wall of Honor” recognizing the service of local military personnel.

This year’s exhibit will again feature a special section devoted to Oswegoland military personnel from the Civil War through Vietnam killed in action.
Admission is free.

For more information, call the museum at 
630-554-2999; send an email to; or visit the museum web site at
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