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Oswego Museum Needs Photos of Local Veterans

Oct 09, 2016 04:07PM ● Published by Steven Jack

Oswego native Stan Young, a World War II paratrooper, will be one of the veterans recognized on the “Wall of Honor” during the Little White School Museum’s “Remembering our Veterans” exhibit, Saturday through Tuesday, Nov. 5-13. Local residents’ formal and candid military photographs are being sought for inclusion in the annual special exhibit at the museum, 72 Polk Street, Oswego. Donation of original photos 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 of Oswegoland residents who served in the nation’s military forces for addition to the “Wall of Honor” during their annual “Remembering our Veterans” exhibit.

This year’s exhibit will be held 
Saturday, Nov. 5 through Sunday, Nov. 13, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, at the museum, 72 Polk Street (Jackson at Polk Street), just two blocks from historic downtown Oswego.

Assistant museum director Bob Stekl said the museum is seeking candid snapshots and slides taken during residents’ military service as well as formal military portraits for exhibit during the event.

“We prefer the donation of original photos,” Stekl said, adding that the museum will also accept digital contributions by email. He noted that the museum can often scan original photos while owners wait if they bring them in during regular archives and research area hours. Digital submissions should be scanned at no less than 300 dpi, and may be emailed to

“We also urge those donating photos to include as much information about the military veteran’s service as possible,” Stekl added. Typical information would include which arm and unit the veteran served in, dates of service, places served, and ranks and awards earned, Stekl added.

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,” with photographs recognizing the service of local military personnel.

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

Admission is free, but donations are always gratefully accepted.
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