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Oswego-Themed Gifts on Sale at Museum

Mar 27, 2016 08:05PM ● By Steven Jack

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 or souvenir for visiting or out of town 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 Little White School Museum store.

Produced by Cats Meow of Wooster, Ohio, the organization’s major fundraiser began in 2014 with the first three entries in the series, the Rank and Schlicker buildings in downtown Oswego, the Little White School Museum, plus the Oswego Woman’s Civic Club’s classic “Welcome to Oswegoland” sign.

Last fall, the heritage association added the Tripp Insurance, The Village Grind, and the American Male & Company buildings, all located on North Main Street near the Oswego Public Library, plus the Dairy Hut on South Main to the collection.

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. Buildings are available at $20 each. Proceeds benefit the heritage association and the Little White School Museum’s efforts to protect and preserve Oswegoland history.

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 history of stagecoach and mail routes through Oswego Township, is available at $10 per copy. 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 Bictentennial Commission on topics ranging from Indians to architecture to the Fox River.

The museum store is open during regular museum hours, 9-4 Monday through Saturday and noon to 4 Sunday.

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