Arts, Culture, and Humanities

OSWEGO HERITAGE COUNCIL INC

  • Lake Oswego, OR
  • oswegoheritage.org

Mission Statement

To assure and promote the preservation of our history and culture.

Main Programs

  1. Historic Home Tours
  2. Historic Speakers Night
  3. Oral History Project
  4. Collector Car and Classic Boat Show
  5. Museum
  6. Museum

ruling year

1995

Executive Director since 2016

Self-reported

Nancy Niland

Keywords

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Heritage House

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Also Known As

Oswego Heritage House

EIN

93-0983947

 Number

7106261184

Physical Address

398 10th

Lake Oswego, OR 97034

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

History Museums (A54)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Headquarters of the Oswego Heritage Council is the Oswego Heritage House and Museum. The purchase and restoration of this city landmark has required a large capital investment and thousands of volunteer hours; the mortgage has been paid in full. Our beautiful Colonial building was built in the 1920’s and we are working to bring it and the grounds back to their original glory. When the restoration is complete we intend to place the property on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Heritage House exhibits and stores safely in a vault many artifacts from Lake Oswego’s history. The Heritage House is open to visitors to view historic displays, do research and tour the grounds. In addition the Heritage House is available for educational outreach programs in conjunction with our local schools and provides an educational facility for field trips. The Oswego Heritage Council is working with schools to collect oral histories from our long-time residents, and we present a monthly series of adult seminars discussing the colorful history of our state. Our living history actors attend many functions throughout the metro area. Oswego Heritage House provides meeting and gathering spaces for events exposing attendees to Lake Oswego’s rich history.
In May of each year we provide a glimpse of our past through a Historic Home Tour. August brings our two-day Collector Car and Classic Boat Show in Lake Oswego. The exhibitors come from all over the Pacific Northwest. Our nearly 5000 visitors are able to view over 300 collector cars in George Rogers Park, over 40 classic boats on Oswego Lake, wooden cruisers and PT 658 on the Willamette River at Foothills Park. WWII vets have flown in from all over the country to ride on PT 658. Our work on this Show has been important for our community and for the tourism industry of our fine town. Cultural and heritage experiences are important factors in attracting travelers to visit Lake Oswego. We support our regional artists in November with an annual art sale. We publish a quarterly Journal and annually install bronze plaques identifying historic sites and features in the city. We have published two books on Oswego’s history, Iron Wood & Water, a retrospective on the local iron industry, and Cooking up Oswego Memories, our historic cookbook. The Council has helped write walking tour maps, heritage tree maps, and helped push for the restoration of the Iron Furnace.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Historic Home Tours

HISTORIC HOME TOUR- TO KEEP HISTORIC HOMES IN THE PUBLIC EYE IN A DESIRE TO PREVENT THEIR REMOVAL FOR NEW STRUCTURES.

Category

Historic Preservation & Conservation

Population(s) Served

Adults

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Budget

4756.00

Program 2

Historic Speakers Night

MONTHLY PROGRAMS TO BRING TO RSIDENTS OF THE COMMUNITY SPEAKERS ON HISTORICAL SUBJECTS OF INTEREST TO THE COMMUNITY QUARTERLY NEWS LETTER, PLACING PLAQUES AT HISTORICAL STRUCTURES MAINTAIN A FACILITY TO FURNISH A SMALL MEETING ROOM TO LOCAL EVENTS

Category

Historic Preservation & Conservation

Population(s) Served

Adults

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

None

Budget

16142.00

Program 3

Oral History Project

ORAL HISTORY PROJECT- TO INTERVIEW ELDERLY RESIDENTS OF LAKE OSWEGO TO RECORD AN PRESERVE HISTORY AS TOLD BY THE INDIVIDUALS THAT LIVED IT.

Category

Historic Preservation & Conservation

Population(s) Served

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Adults

None

Budget

1439.00

Program 4

Collector Car and Classic Boat Show

ANTIQUE CAR SHOW- SHOW IS FREE TO THE PUBLIC

Category

Historic Preservation & Conservation

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Adults

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Budget

10628.00

Program 5

Museum

Not available

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

None

Budget

Program 6

Museum

Not available

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

None

Budget

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Headquarters of the Oswego Heritage Council is the Oswego Heritage House and Museum. The purchase and restoration of this city landmark has required a large capital investment and thousands of volunteer hours; the mortgage has been paid in full. Our beautiful Colonial building was built in the 1920’s and we are working to bring it and the grounds back to their original glory. When the restoration is complete we intend to place the property on the National Register of Historic Places.
    The Heritage House exhibits and stores safely in a vault many artifacts from Lake Oswego’s history. The Heritage House is open to visitors to view historic displays, do research and tour the grounds. In addition the Heritage House is available for educational outreach programs in conjunction with our local schools and provides an educational facility for field trips. The Oswego Heritage Council is working with schools to collect oral histories from our long-time residents, and we present a monthly series of adult seminars discussing the colorful history of our state. Our living history actors attend many functions throughout the metro area. Oswego Heritage House provides meeting and gathering spaces for events exposing attendees to Lake Oswego’s rich history.
    In May of each year we provide a glimpse of our past through a Historic Home Tour. August brings our two-day Collector Car and Classic Boat Show in Lake Oswego. The exhibitors come from all over the Pacific Northwest. Our nearly 5000 visitors are able to view over 300 collector cars in George Rogers Park, over 40 classic boats on Oswego Lake, wooden cruisers and PT 658 on the Willamette River at Foothills Park. WWII vets have flown in from all over the country to ride on PT 658. Our work on this Show has been important for our community and for the tourism industry of our fine town. Cultural and heritage experiences are important factors in attracting travelers to visit Lake Oswego. We support our regional artists in November with an annual art sale. We publish a quarterly Journal and annually install bronze plaques identifying historic sites and features in the city. We have published two books on Oswego’s history, Iron Wood & Water, a retrospective on the local iron industry, and Cooking up Oswego Memories, our historic cookbook. The Council has helped write walking tour maps, heritage tree maps, and helped push for the restoration of the Iron Furnace.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Our Board of Directors has a com mittment to put our house on the national register and to preserve the history of our community for future generations.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Our organization has here since 1970. OUr beautiful headquarters is almost 100 years old. The mortgage was paid off in 1999. We will be here for generations to come
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Our budget committee keeps close tabs on our progress
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    We dont have the house on the national historic register yet.
    We paid off our mortgage

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OSWEGO HERITAGE COUNCIL, INC.
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OSWEGO HERITAGE COUNCIL INC

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Executive Director

Nancy Niland

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Candee Jones

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