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Oswego Museum Announces New and Updated Historical Resources

May 31, 2015 06:36PM ● By Steven Jack

Oswego’s Little White School Museum has announced new and updated resources on the museum web site for the safe preservation and storage of family heirlooms, as well as recently-updated newspaper transcription files that cover the community’s history from the 1840s through 1969, To access the resources, visit the museum web site,, and click on “Historic Oswego” in the left sidebar. On the resulting page, click on either “Preservation” or “Oswego News,” and then click on the related titles to download the PDF files to your computer. For more information, email or call 630-554-2999.

Have you ever wondered about the best ways to preserve and store heirloom photographs, textiles, and documents?

Oswego’s Little White School Museum has recently added and updated a variety of resources on their web page to help those who are trying to figure out the best and safest ways to preserve everything from vintage family photos and negatives to antique textiles.

In addition, the museum’s web page offers a treasure trove of Oswego and Kendall County history culled from the pages of area newspapers from the 1840s through 1969.

When it comes to preserving your great-grandmother’s wedding dress or your grandfather’s graduation certificate or a priceless photo of your parents on their first date, a bewildering number of choices are available. The documents, in PDF format, on the museum’s web page offer the best practices used by museum professionals and top family historians to safely preserve, store, and display fragile and one-of-a-kind documents, photos, and other materials.

“When it comes to preserving family heirlooms, good-faith decisions can sometimes lead to the destruction of the very items people try to save,” noted museum director Roger Matile. “The resources we’re offering, mostly based on Oswegoland Heritage Association Board Member Tina Beaird's recent workshop on the subject, offer hints for preserving a variety of materials safely, in ways that can be reversed if necessary.”

In addition, the documents provide information on firms that offer a variety of safe storage materials, from acid-free boxes and folders to archivally-safe photo storage pages.

In addition to those resources, the museum’s web page also provides a rich vein of research for anyone interested in the early history of Oswego and the surrounding area in a series of transcription files available for download, also in PDF format. The material in the files was transcribed by museum director Matile over several years from microfilm copies of the Ottawa Free Trader, the Kendall County Courier, the Kendall County Free Press, the Kendall County Record, and the Oswego Ledger and includes news about local happenings from crime to weddings, and county, state, and national news with a direct impact on the Oswego area. The files are periodically updated.

To access both sets of downloadable documents, go to the museum’s web site,, and click on “Historic Oswego” in the left sidebar. On the resulting page, click on either “Preservation” or “Oswego News,” and then click on the related files to download the PDF files to your computer.

In order to read the files, users will need a copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available for free download on the Adobe web site. Macintosh users can also read the files using the Preview utility.

The Little White School Museum is a cooperative project of the non-profit Oswegoland Heritage Association and the Oswegoland Park District. Regular hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. The museum’s research and archives are open Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to noon.

For more information on the museum’s historical and preservation resources, send an email or call the museum at 630-554-2999.