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New exhibit features local authors at Oswego’s Little White School Museum

The Little White School Museum’s assistant director, Bob Stekl, puts the finishing touches on the museum’s latest special exhibit, “Oswego Writes: Books by Local Authors.”
The Little White School Museum’s assistant director, Bob Stekl, puts the finishing touches on the museum’s latest special exhibit, “Oswego Writes: Books by Local Authors.”

“Oswego Writes: Books by Local Authors,” a new special exhibit at Oswego’s Little White School Museum, features the work by a dozen talented local authors.

Work showcased in the museum ranges from the mysteries written between 1879 and 1912 by “Lawrence L. Lynch,” the pen name of Oswegoan Emily Murdock Van Deventer, to a recently published semi-autobiographical work by 1964 Oswego High School graduate Kris Tilley-Lubbs.

The list of authors includes former Presbyterian pastor James R.E. Craighead, Methodist pastor and theologian Warren Ebinger, two poets, and others with direct Oswego connections.

Paul Baumann, another 1964 OHS graduate, wrote “Collecting Antique Marbles” in 1968, the summer between earning his bachelor’s degree and beginning work on his master’s degree. The first, and still considered one of the best, guides on the topic has gone through four editions, the latest published in 2004.

Kenyon Palmer’s “For Land’s Sake,” published in 1971, recounts his boyhood in Oswego during the early 1900s, which he credits with helping him in his later, successful, real estate development career in the Southwest.

“Beauty in All I See” by Connie Weidert, yet another OHS grad, includes scenic photographs and text that extol the wonders of Yellowstone National Park, while Ingrid Wendt’s poetry has gained a national following. Wendt graduated in OHS’ Class of 1962.

“We’re always looking for books by local authors to add to our collections,” said Bob Stekl, the Little White School Museum’s assistant director. “And we urge local folks who’ve written books to donate a copy to the museum.”

The museum is located at 72 Polk St. (Jackson at Polk), two blocks from historic downtown Oswego. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free, but donations are always 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 or email info@littlewhiteschoolmuseum.org.

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