New Valentine Exhibit opens at Oswego’s Little White School Museum

  • January 22, 2019
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Although it’s main exhibit gallery is still closed for renovation, visitors to Oswego’s little White School Museum can still enjoy a new seasonal exhibit, “Be My Valentine: Greetings from Oswego’s Past,” plus other temporary exhibits in the museum’s Roger Matile Room.

The museum is located at 72 Polk Street (Jackson at Polk) just two blocks from Oswego’s historic downtown business district. Admission is free.

This year’s exhibit features dozens of colorful vintage Valentine cards, many from area family archival collections that have been donated to the museum. Along with vividly colorful two- and three-dimensional Valentine cards, the exhibit also includes other Valentine-related items selected from the museum’s collections, from romantic sheet music to fancy Valentine candy boxes and table decorations that enlivened Valentine parties of the past.

This year’s exhibit, mounted by museum volunteer Stephanie Just, will be open to visitors through the end of February.

In conjunction with the new exhibit, area residents are invited to a free family Valentine craft activity at the museum on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 9-10.

From 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. both days, area residents age 3 and up are invited to drop in and create their own classic homemade Valentines similar to those popular in the 1890s to take home to keep or to give to a friend or family member.

Drop in any time during the activity’s hours to create your instant heirloom Valentine. Children must attend with an adult. Pre-registration is recommended by calling 630-554-2999 to help the museum staff plan ahead, but walk-ins are always welcome.

“Be My Valentine: Greetings from Oswego’s Past” is open during regular museum hours, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free, but donations are always gratefully accepted.

The Little White School Museum is a joint project of the Oswegoland Heritage Association and the Oswegoland Park District.

For more information, call 630-554-2999, send an email to, or visit their web site at