Little White School Museum announces LEGO train exhibit, kids activity, new hours

For years, toy trains have been favorites of kids of all ages. So kids, young and old alike, are encouraged to make reservations to visit the Little White School Museum in Oswego in April to enjoy some serious toy train entertainment.

If toy trains have delighted and entertained for decades, so have LEGO products, a news release stated. The two will combine at the museum on Saturday and Sunday, April 10 and 11, with “LEGO Trains in Action.” From noon to 4 p.m. both days, visitors can enjoy Joe Ellenbecker’s fascinating display complete with LEGO-based trains, buildings, vehicles and people. See if you can spot any familiar Oswego buildings on his LEGO layout.

An individual reservation is required for each visitor by calling 630-554-4494 or visiting the museum website at littlewhiteschoolmuseum.org, and clicking on “Special Exhibit – April 10 & 11” in the right sidebar. All children must be accompanied by an adult, and visits will be limited to 20 minutes. The Oswegoland Park District expects all visitors to wear face masks and practice social distancing.

Visitors should plan to enter through the museum’s main entrance at 72 Polk St.

All ages are welcome to the free, family-friendly event, hosted by the Oswegoland Heritage Association in partnership with the Oswegoland Park District. Email cheidrich@littlewhiteschoolmuseum.org or phone 630-554-4494 for more information.

‘Build. Snap. Share.’ activity

Love to build with building blocks and more?

The folks down at Oswego’s Little White School Museum would like to see the original creations of all ages for their special “Build. Snap. Share.” program, now through the participation deadline of April 5.

To take part, area residents of all ages are invited to use their wooden cubes, LEGO blocks or other favorite building block to construct their creations at home, snap a photo of their masterpieces, and then share them with the museum and the entire community.

The fee is $5 for Oswegoland Park District residents and $7 for nonresidents. Submissions will be judged and shared through various channels – live at the Little White School Museum and online.

Additional details for the hands-on program will be sent via email upon registration for program #19810. Register by calling 630-554-4494, emailing cheidrich@littlewhiteschoolmuseum.org, or visiting the Oswegoland Park District website at www.oswegolandparkdistrict.org.

New hours

The museum now is open by reservation Thursdays and Fridays from 1 to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; and Mondays from 4 to 9 p.m. The museum will be closed to visitors on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Admission is free.

Advance reservations may be made by calling 630-554-4494, visiting the museum website at littlewhiteschoolmuseum.org, using the QR code at the building’s main entrance, or emailing cheidrich@littlewhiteschoolmuseum.org. Walk-in reservations also are usually available, depending on the number of visitors already in the building.

About the museum

The Little White School Museum was completed in 1850 as a Methodist-Episcopal Church. The congregation dissolved in 1913, and the Oswego School District bought the building in 1915 for use as a one-room school. After additions and modifications to the building over the years, it housed classes for the last time and was closed in 1964. Restoration on the building, coordinated by the Oswegoland Heritage Association with assistance of the Oswegoland Park District, began in 1977.

A community museum gallery opened in 1983, and a research and archives area opened in 1995. Restoration was completed in 2002. Today, the museum houses a museum and archival collection numbering nearly 32,000 photographs, maps, documents and artifacts, as well as featuring an award-winning gallery with exhibits telling the Oswego area’s story from prehistoric times to the 21st century.