Oswego museum crafts

Banish those winter blahs and get into the Valentine's Day spirit from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 8-9, when the Little White School Museum hosts “Victorian Valentines,” a free, family make and take craft activity.

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

Valentine traditions are wide-ranging, but usually involve the exchange of some token or small gift and a Valentine card. At one time, these tokens were hand-made.

During "Victorian Valentines," visitors aged 3 years and up are invited to create their own hand-made Valentines similar to ones made in the 1890s. Families are invited to stop in any time between 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. either Saturday or Sunday. Children must attend with an adult.

Visitors are also invited to enjoy the annual seasonal “Be My Valentine: Greetings from Oswego’s Past” special seasonal exhibit in the museum gallery featuring vintage Valentine cards, sheet music, 3-D pop-up cards and table decorations and other related items from days gone by. The special exhibit will be available through February.

Regular museum 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 gratefully accepted. The museum is a joint project of the Oswegoland Heritage Association and the Oswegoland Park District.

For more information, call 630-554-2999, visit the museum’s Facebook page, send an email to info@littlewhiteschoolmuseum.org, or visit the museum web site at www.littlewhiteschoolmuseum.org.