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Oswego-Themed Gifts Available at Museum

Nov 23, 2015 07:09AM ● By Steven Jack

Cutline: The facades of four more historic downtown Oswego buildings have been created in miniature and are now available for sale at Oswego’s Little White School Museum. The Dairy Hut, the Schwartz House (Tripp Insurance), the A.O. Parke Building (American Male & Company), and the Durrand House (The Village Grind) are the latest in the Oswegoland Heritage Association’s Oswego’s Main Street Series, and are priced at $20 each. Museum hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. For more information call 630-554-2999.

Looking for a truly unique Oswego-themed gift for friends and relatives? The latest entries in the Oswegoland Heritage Association’s Oswego’s Main Street Series miniature wooden replicas of historic Oswego buildings are now available at the museum store.

Produced by Cats Meow of Wooster, Ohio, the first three buildings in the series last year were the Rank and Schlicker buildings in downtown Oswego and the Little White School Museum, plus the classic “Welcome to Oswegoland” sign sponsored by the Oswego Women’s Civic Club.

This year the heritage association is offering the Tripp Insurance, Village Grind, and American Male & Company buildings, all located on North Main Street near the Oswego Public Library, plus the Dairy Hut on South Main. The original group of three buildings and the Oswegoland sign are also still available.

The front facades of the buildings are depicted architecturally accurate and measure approximately 6 x 4 inches each, with the building’s history on the reverse. Buildings are available at $20 each.

Also available at the museum store this holiday season are 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 history of stagecoach and mail routes through Oswego Township, is available at $10 per copy. Also available are monographs on Waubonsie Creek 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.

The museum store is open during regular museum hours, 9-4 Monday - Saturday and noon to 4 Sunday. The museum will be closed Thanksgiving Day, but will reopen Friday, Nov. 27, at 9 a.m. For more information, call 630-554-2999, send an email, or visit their web site at