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Home life in Oswego a century ago topic for museum exhibit

Circa 1907, the related Lantz, Minnich, and Haines families sit down to dinner at the Haines’ house on North Adams Street in Oswego. Family dinners and other aspects of home life in the community during the 19th and early 20th centuries will be the focus of “At Home in Oswego’s Past,” an extensive special exhibit at the Little White School Museum.
Circa 1907, the related Lantz, Minnich, and Haines families sit down to dinner at the Haines’ house on North Adams Street in Oswego. Family dinners and other aspects of home life in the community during the 19th and early 20th centuries will be the focus of “At Home in Oswego’s Past,” an extensive special exhibit at the Little White School Museum.

Find out how our great-grandparents lived when Oswego’s Little White School Museum presents “At Home in Oswego’s Past,” a special exhibit that will run from Saturday, March 7, through Sunday, April 5.

The museum is at 72 Polk St., two blocks from Oswego’s historic downtown business district.

Visitors to the exhibit, which will fill the museum’s Roger Matile Room, will discover the home life of Oswego-area residents during the late 19th and early 20th centuries through rarely seen photographs, documents and artifacts from the museum’s extensive collections.

The extensive home life exhibit is being mounted by museum volunteer Stephanie Just, with the assistance of assistant museum director Bob Stekl and museum staffer Sarah Kimes.

“Our series of special exhibits mounted in-house give us a chance to pull a number of our seldom-seen artifacts, documents and photographs out of storage for the community to enjoy,” museum Director Roger Matile said. “And the special traveling exhibits we bring to the community help enhance the story we tell of the Oswego area’s rich history.”

“At Home in Oswego’s Past” will be open daily during regular museum hours, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free, but donations will be gratefully accepted.

The Little White School Museum operates under a joint partnership between the nonprofit Oswegoland Heritage Association and the Oswegoland Park District.

For information about the upcoming programs or about the Little White School Museum, call 630-554-2999, email info@littlewhiteschoolmuseum.org or visit littlewhitechoolmuseum.org.

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