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Honor Oswego Veterans at Museum Exhibit

Oct 26, 2016 11:08AM ● Published by Steven Jack

Henry Greene Smith served with the Union cavalry during the Civil War before returning to become the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad’s station master at the Oswego Depot. He will be among hundreds 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. For more information, call the museum at 630-554-2999 or send an email to info@littlewhiteschoolmuseum.org.

An Oswego farm kid who became one of the U.S. Navy’s most-decorated World War II submarine captains. The son of an Oswego attorney who earned the Medal of Honor at age 15. A young Oswego farmer whose ultimate sacrifice is immortalized in stained glass at a landmark Oswego church.

All of these and the service of hundreds of other Oswego area military male and female veterans will be honored at Oswego’s Little White School Museum during their annual “Remembering our Veterans” special exhibit at the museum, 72 Polk Street (Jackson at Polk), just two blocks from historic downtown Oswego.

This year’s exhibit will be held Saturday, Nov. 5 through Sunday, Nov. 13, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, with extended hours on Friday, Nov. 11 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Admission is free, but donations are always gratefully accepted.

Each year’s “Remembering Our Veterans” exhibit completely fills the historic building’s main room, and includes hundreds of rarely-seen artifacts—including dozens of vintage uniforms—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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