Looking for uniquely Oswego gifts this holiday season? The Little White School Museum, 72 Polk Street, Oswego, might have just what you’re looking for.
The selection of Oswego-themed gifts begins with the Oswegoland Heritage Association’s main annual fundraiser, Cat’s Meow architectural miniatures of historic Oswego buildings. This year’s offering features the landmark Church of the Good Shepherd United Methodist at the corner of Washington and Madison Streets.
Each building front facade is rendered architecturally accurate, and measures approximately 6 x 4 inches. A brief building history is included on the reverse of each miniature. Buildings are available at $20 each. Proceeds from the annual fundraiser benefit the heritage association and the Little White School Museum’s collections.
Past buildings still available for sale in the series are the Korte-Zentmyer Building (My Sister’s Lil Donut Shoppe), the Hoze-Cherry-Campbell House, the Chapman House, the Crothers-Jolly-Denney House, the Dairy Hut, the Schwartz House (Tripp Insurance), the A.O. Parke Building (American Male & Company), the Durand House (The Village Grind), Oswego Fire Barn (Oswego Cyclery), the Knapp Building (Masonic Hall-Oswego Family Restaurant building), the Rank Building (former Oswego Library and Ledger-Sentinel offices), the Schickler Building (The Marmalade Tree and barber shop), the iconic “Welcome to Oswego” sign, and the Little White School Museum.
Also available at the museum store is a selection of fine Oswego-marked stoneware from the Great Bay Pottery Company, North Hampton, N.H., in a variety of styles and shapes.
A variety of books, pamphlets, and booklets on Oswegoland history are also available, from the 192-page hardbound “150 Years Along the Fox” sesquicentennial history of Oswego Township, to “By Trace and Trail,” the history of early 19th Century stagecoach travel through Kendall County. Also available for environmentalists on your Christmas or other winter holiday gift list are books and videos about the Oswego area’s home-grown environmental crusader, “The Fox,” including his autobiography, “Raising Kane” and "Go Fox: Fight Pollution!" bumper stickers.
The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.
For more information, call the museum at 630-554-2999, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit littlewhiteschoolmuseum.org.