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Oswego’s Little White School Museum fully open to visitors once again

The Little White School Museum, 72 Polk St. in Oswego, is fully open again to visitors after a year and a half of closures and sharply limited hours and visitor capacity because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“In accordance with the updated executive order released by Governor Pritzker on May 17, individuals who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are no longer required to wear a face covering in Oswegoland Park District facilities or while participating in programs (both indoors and outdoors),” said museum manager Tina Heidrich. “Individuals who are over the age of 2, but not fully vaccinated, and able to medically tolerate a face covering are required to cover their nose and mouth with a face covering when in a public place and unable to maintain a 6-foot social distance.”

Although reservations are no longer required, Heidrich said prospective visitors are welcome to make them by calling 630-554-4494.

Museum exhibits recount the story of the Oswegoland area from prehistoric times to the 21st century, using exhibits of artifacts, documents, and multimedia presentations. New at the museum and inspired by steps taken during the recent pandemic limitations are QR Codes at each of the museum gallery’s five video presentations, allowing visitors to take the videos home with them for later viewing.

The presentations cover the Civil War, Oswego’s downtown business district, Oswego’s rich architectural heritage and the iconic Oswego Drag Raceway, plus a 13-minute video history of the community, including stories of some of its outstanding historical personages.

“Many visitors don’t have the time to enjoy all five videos during their tours,” said museum director Roger Matile. “The QR Codes posted at each of the video locations in the gallery allow viewing later on smart phones, tablets, or computers.”

In addition, the videos are all available for viewing on the museum website at On the website front page, click on “Visit” in the upper right and then on “Gallery to Go” to access a list of the museum’s videos, brochure, and other downloadable materials.

The Little White School Museum is a joint project of the nonprofit Oswegoland Heritage Association and the Oswegoland Park District. Museum hours are from 1 to 5:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 4 to 9 p.m. Mondays. The museum is closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted.

For information, call 630-554-2999, email or visit

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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