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Oswego Museum Seeking Photos, Memorabilia of Area Service Members

Oct 10, 2014 09:01AM ● By Steven Jack

Cutline: 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 (Photo courtesy of the Little White School Museum)

Oswego’s Little White School Museum is seeking photos and memorabilia connected to Oswegoland residents who served in the nation’s military forces for exhibit during their annual “Remembering our Veterans” salute, set for Saturday through Tuesday, Nov. 8-11, at the museum, 72 Polk Street (Jackson at Polk Street), in Oswego.

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

“We prefer if donors give us the 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 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. Each Veterans Day, the museum mounts an extensive temporary exhibit, drawing items from its collections that are rarely seen. In addition, each year’s exhibit features a “Wall of Honor” with photos of military personnel with local connections.

This year, for the first time, a separate exhibit will feature military personnel from the Civil War through Vietnam with local connections who were killed in action.

Hours for “Remembering our Veterans” this year will be 
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8. Hours Sunday, which will feature a special open house for all area veterans, will be noon to 4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday hours will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission is free.

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