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Oswego Museum Offering Holiday Gifts

Nov 21, 2016 07:09PM ● Published by Steven Jack

Among the unique Oswego-themed gifts and souvenirs available at the Little White School Museum store is a selection of hand-thrown pottery by the Great Bay Pottery Co., North Hampton, N.H. Regular museum hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the museum will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 24-25, and Sunday, Nov. 27. The museum will be open during regular hours on Saturday, Nov. 26, and will resume regular hours on Monday, Nov. 28. For more information, call 630-554-2999 during regular hours or email

If you visit downtown Oswego on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 26, looking for unique Oswego-themed gifts or souvenirs for family and friends, don’t forget to stop by the Little White School Museum.

The museum is located at 72 Polk Street (Jackson at Polk), just two blocks from Oswego’s historic downtown business district.

Topping the museum’s holiday gift ideas are two new offerings in the museum’s line of architectural miniatures produced by Cats Meow of Wooster, Ohio. The Oswego Public Library and Millrace Cyclery--formerly Oswego Fire Station One—are now on sale as the organization’s major annual fundraiser.

The front facade of each building is an architecturally accurate representation, and measures approximately 6 x 4 inches, with a brief building history on the reverse.

Available with this year’s new buildings are ten other building replicas, priced at $20 each: the Rank and Schlicker buildings, the Little White School Museum, the Oswego Woman’s Civic Club’s classic “Welcome to Oswegoland” sign, the Tripp Insurance building (Schwartz House), The Village Grind (Durand House), the Dairy Hut, and the American Male & Company building (Parke Building).

Also available at the museum store is a selection of fine Oswego marked stoneware from the Great Bay Pottery Co., North Hampton, N.H., along with books and pamphlets on Oswegoland history, and books and videos featuring the Oswego area’s home-grown environmental crusader, “The Fox.”

Copies of “Oswego Township,” a 128 page pictorial history containing dozens of historic photos from the museum’s collections are $20 each. “150 Years Along the Fox: The History of Oswego Township, Illinois,” a 192 page hardbound volume is available at $35 per copy.

“By Trace and Trail,” a stagecoach and mail route monograph, is available at $10. Also available are monographs on the histories of Waubonsie Creek, the Oswego Fire Protection District, and the Oswego School District at $1 each as well as “A Taste of the Region: Recipes from the Illinois Lincoln Highway National Scenic Byway,” by David Allen Badger with recipes representing four historic Oswego buildings including the Little White School Museum. Also on sale is a selection of historical monographs on Kendall County historical topics originally begun by the Kendall County Bicentennial Commission on topics ranging from Indians to architecture to the Fox River.

The museum is open during 9-4 Monday through Saturday and noon to 4 Sunday. The museum will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 24-25, and Sunday, Nov. 27 for the Thanksgiving holiday.
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