New museum exhibits pays tribute to Oswego Drag Raceway

Little White School Museum assistant Emily Dutton makes a last-minute adjustment on one of the display panels for “SUNDAY! SUNDAY! SUNDAY!”, a new temporary exhibit available through September, featuring the Oswego Drag Raceway at the museum, 72 Polk St.

Oswego’s Little White School Museum is showcasing a new temporary exhibit titled “SUNDAY! SUNDAY! SUNDAY!” until the end of September. Admission is free.

This exhibit revives the exciting history of the Oswego Drag Raceway, which drew crowds three times the village’s population to the quarter-mile strip on the Wally Smith farm on U.S. Route 34 in the mid-1950s.

Its title was inspired by energetic radio commercials on “Top 40″ AM stations. These ads, featuring announcer Jan Gabriel, promoted the Oswego Drag Raceway where famous drag racers would attend, according to a news release from the museum.

The exhibit includes a variety of drag raceway memorabilia including trophies, drag racing magazines featuring the Oswego Drag Raceway, photos of dragsters and drag racers and memorabilia from pit passes to tee shirts, according to the release.

It was mounted by museum manager Anne Jordan with the help of museum assistant Emily Dutton, according to the release.

“We’re always seeking more drag raceway memorabilia,” said museum director Roger Matile in the release. “The drag raceway had a huge impact on the Oswegoland area for a quarter of a century, and we’re trying to keep a little of its history alive. We’re hoping visitors also take in the drag raceway exhibit in the museum gallery when they stop by as well.”

Museum admission is free. Regular hours are from 2 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 4 to 9 p.m. Monday. The museum is closed to visitors on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The museum is located at 72 Polk St.

For more information, call the museum at 630-554-2999, email info@littlewhiteschoolmuseum or visit littlewhiteschoolmuseum.org.