Guides to lead Oswego museum’s downtown history walk

Stroll back in time to discover the businesses and industry that once dotted the landscape of Oswego’s downtown and nearby areas when the Little White School Museum, the Oswegoland Heritage Association, and the Oswegoland Park District host a fascinating history walk for people age 16 and older at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 15.

During “Oswego History Walk - Business and Industry,” heritage association board members Ted Clauser and Linda Heap Dean and museum assistant Shawna Sullivan will help participants trace the spaces and places that served the community, and learn about the people behind them. From cigar factories to livery stables to farm implement and automobile dealers, Oswego’s downtown and nearby areas were home to a wide variety of businesses of the past. Participants may even learn whether there is a business from yesteryear still thriving today.

Attendees should be able to comfortably walk for about an hour, and be prepared to be part of the conversation. The walk will be outdoors.

Advance registration is required and costs $5 per person; space is limited. To register, call the park district at 630-554-1010 or visit and reference program #20634.

The walk will begin at the Little White School Museum, 72 Polk St., Oswego. This is the same walk that was presented July 18.

The Little White School Museum is a joint project of the Oswegoland Heritage Association and the Oswegoland Park District. Regular museum hours are Thursdays and Fridays from 1 to 5:30 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; and Mondays from 4 to 9 p.m. The museum is closed to visitors on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

For information on the museum, call 630-554-2999 or email