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History of the Fox River on Display at Museum

Mar 08, 2015 10:08PM ● By Steven Jack

This 1907 hand-tinted postcard view looking downstream on the Fox River from Riverview Park at Montgomery illustrates how long the river has been a vital part of the communities along its bank. At 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 14, geographer and historian Michael Chuinard will expand on the history and geology of the river and its valley at the Little White School Museum, 72 Polk Street, Oswego. Admission donation is $5. For more information, call the museum at 630-554-2999.

If you’ve always wondered how the landscape we enjoy today in the Fox River Valley came to be, you won’t want to miss “The Geology and History of the Fox River,” on Saturday, March 14, at Oswego’s Little White School Museum.

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

Starting at 1:30 p.m. when geographer and historian Michael Chuinard will explore the geography and the history of the river and its valley that shaped the lives of the inhabitants living in the region starting with the river’s Ice Age genesis. From the Fox Valley’s occupation by Native American groups to the pioneer era right up to modern times, the river was a major draw for every group of humans who made it their home during the last 15,000 years.

Topics will include the geologic history of the Fox Valley; the stunning Fox River Torrent that created the Fox Valley in the blink of a geological eye; the Native Americans who made the area their home; why early pioneers decided to settle along the river; how dams on the river, industry, and other human activities have affected the Fox Valley; the region’s wildlife; and future threats to the river and its valley.

Admission donation is $5. No preregistration is required. Proceeds will benefit the museum’s operations.

Visitors are invited to tour the community museum before and after Saturday’s program.

Regular museum hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Regular museum admission is free.

For more information, call 630-554-2999, send an email to, or visit the museum web site