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Oswego Museum Dedicating Entire Week to Veterans Salute

Nov 03, 2015 07:48AM ● Published by Steven Jack

Oswego native Lt. John S. Young (left), pilot of the Douglas A-20 Havoc “Miss Pam,” who flew with the 388th Bomb Squadron, 318th Bomb Group in the Pacific Theater, will be among dozens of service men and women honored when the Little White School Museum in Oswego hosts their annual “Remembering our Veterans” exhibit Nov. 8-15, at the museum, 72 Polk Street, Oswego. The exhibit opens with a special member preview Saturday, Nov. 7, and then continues daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The exhibit will be open until 8 p.m. on Nov. 11, Veterans Day. Admission is free, but donations are always gratefully accepted.

Oswego’s Little White School Museum invites all area residents to visit their annual “Remembering our Veterans” special exhibit, expanded this year to a full week at the museum, 72 Polk Street (Jackson at Polk), just two blocks from historic downtown Oswego.

The exhibit will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. this coming Sunday, Nov. 8, through Sunday, Nov. 15. In addition this year, the exhibit will be open until 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 11, Veterans Day.

Admission is free, but donations are always gratefully accepted.

Assistant museum director Bob Stekl said that after last year’s successful event, museum staff decided to extend the annual special exhibit over a full week to give all community residents a chance to attend.

“In addition to the longer hours on Veterans Day, we are also adding a special member preview on Saturday, Nov. 7, from noon to 4 p.m.,” Stekl noted. The preview is open to all members of the Oswegoland Heritage Association and specially invited guests. Memberships will be available for purchase at the museum during the special open house, as well as during the entire run of the exhibit.

The extensive “Remembering Our Veterans” exhibit completely fills the historic building’s Main Room, and includes hundreds of rarely-seen artifacts, photographs, and documents from the museum’s collections with direct connections to Oswegoland residents who served from the Civil War through the current conflicts in the Middle East and Afghanistan. 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 who were killed in action, along with digital photo presentations featuring Oswegoland residents who served in the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War that will run continuously during the week-long exhibit.

For more information, call the museum at 630-554-2999; send an email to info@littlewhiteschoolmuseum.org; or visit the museum web site at www.littlewhiteschoolmuseum.org.
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