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Lake Harriet School

A book featuring one-room country schools is available at the OAHS Museum.
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Unknown woman David Stluka Photography has posted many new images from the OAHS collection. Click here to view

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Produce Walking Tour and Bike Trail Guide

A new "Explore Oregon!" walking tour guide is now available describing 21 different historical buildings and properties in Oregon, Wisconsin. Also included in the pocket-sized brochure is a map showing Oregon's bike trails.

The tour guide can be found free of charge at any of the following Oregon locations:
The Oregon Welcome Center 134 Janesville St.
The Oregon Area Historical Society museum 159 W. Lincoln
Oregon Chamber of Commerce office 117 Spring Street, 2nd floor
State of Wisconsin Welcome Centers On Interstate Highways
A pdf version can be downloaded here.
Article about the brochure published in Oregon Observer, October 8, 2015

Oregon Oberver Article Oregon Observer features Marvel Morrison Account of Her High School Years
Frankly, Betty Nowak was just there to find an item or two to help turn a buck, as she browsed an estate sale in suburban Phoenix, Ariz.

She wasn’t planning on saving an irreplaceable treasure trove of Oregon High School history from the trash bin.
Local Historical Societies value contributions of photographs and other material about people, places, and events in their community.

Memory book The OAHS was recently the recipient of an act of kindness when an item was returned "home" to Oregon. A woman in Arizona found a graduation booklet at an estate sale. Marvel Morrison She recognized the value of the booklet, purchased it, phoned the OAHS, and sent the booklet to us. This booklet was compiled by Marvel Morrison in Oregon, WI. The handwritten account of her high school years and the class of 1925 is a real treasure. The booklet contained many new images, which we now have in our collection.

Before your items end up at a yard sale or in the trash or a dumpster, consider donating to the local historical society where your people lived. If someone in your family wants to keep original photographs, consider sharing copies with your historical society.

Do not underestimate the value of your Oregon-related items. We need your help to collect, preserve, and share the history of Oregon.

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Recollection Wisconsin is an expanding digital collection featuring thousands of historic photos, postcards, maps, letters, diaries, books, artifacts, oral histories and other digital collections from dozens of Wisconsin libraries, archives, museums and historical societies. Users can search across all content, browse sub-collections based on subject categories and types of material, or explore a map of content contributors.
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Downtown Oregon Early History of Oregon:
A Photographic Journey through Oregon's Past

Run Slide Show

Early Oregon Settlers:

N. Ames
Learn about the area's history with these biographies.
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Blacksmith shop photo on postcard POSTCARDS
Historic Oregon images - now available on postcards.
You can find them
at the OAHS Museum.
Mark Your Calendars...

One Room Schools graphic Author Susan Apps Bodilly
to speak
Sunday, Dec. 6 2:00 pm
Oregon Area Senior Center
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Grove Society
Genealogy Group

Calendar of Events - 2015

Special programs in October & November:

Oct. 29: "Lost Towns in Rock County"
Nov 3: "Gettysburg: The Battle That Saved America"
Nov 5: "Oral History - Conducting Veteran Interviews"
All Programs free and open to the public
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159 W. Lincoln Street
10am-4pm Every Tuesday
Open first Sat. of month
September through May
Every Sat in summer (June-Aug)
and by appointment
New graphicSaturday hours now 12-4
Phone 835-8961
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The OAHS is trying to collect a complete set yearbooks.  Can you help?
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Rutland Center Church Agri-View newspaper story:
Rutland Center Church restoration draws community interest
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Paulson Project
Yields Historic Cap

Confederate kepi Society members organizing material contributed by Florice Paulson have discovered a rare Confederate
kepi or cap.
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