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We invite you to visit our History Center & Museum located at 40 Wilbur Street. It’s housed in the City’s last remaining Iron Company Worker’s Cottage. The circa 1880 building is the oldest house in Lake Oswego that is open to the public. Admission is free! We invite you to watch local television coverage of the museum, and find out about the museum on TripAdvisor.

The Lake Oswego Preservation Society is a mission-driven, fiscally-responsible 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our mission is: To support Lake Oswego’s historic fabric through advocacy and education. We strive for excellence and accuracy in all that we do, while constantly focusing on how we can contribute to our community. No other organization does what we do for Lake Oswego.

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Lake Oswego Preservation Society's Spring Poster by Paul A. Lanquist

Spring by Paul A. Lanquist, the final poster in our four-season series! (click to view detail)

“We will probably be judged not by the monuments we build but by those we have destroyed.”—New York Times editorial

A message from our founder:

My vision was to create an organization to advocate for the triple bottom line benefits—social, economic, and environmental—of preserving our unique built heritage as well as having a strong, researched-based focus on education. In the relatively brief time since founding the non-profit Lake Oswego Preservation Society in 2011, hard work, meticulous research, creative thinking, vision, and land use advocacy along with dedicated volunteers, generous members, granting organizations, and other supporters and friends have contributed to realizing this goal. May our current community, and future Lake Oswego citizens, enjoy the fruits of all of our labors on behalf of the place that we love. 

— Marylou Colver

Greetings from Lake Oswego beach towel image

Unique “Greetings From Lake Oswego” beach towel. Available for purchase in our online store. (click image to buy)

The Society has received recognition, both locally and statewide, for our historic preservation advocacy on behalf of Lake Oswego landmarks. In word, and deed, we honor our motto: “Advocate. Educate. Celebrate!”

The Lake Oswego Preservation Society is an all-volunteer organization so 100 percent of the donations we receive are dedicated to our mission.

Do you see a future in our past? If so, please support the work of the Society and help make a positive impact on our community. If we don’t save our history, who will?

Your contribution—no matter the amount—makes a difference!


Note: All photographs on this website are courtesy of the Lake Oswego Public Library unless otherwise noted.

Content © Lake Oswego Preservation Society 2011–2017. All rights reserved. Research by Erin O’Rourke-Meadors, Susanna Kuo, and Marylou Colver. Website by LisZt Design; logo was inspired by a 1926 Ladd Estate Company Oswego real estate brochure. Images of artwork commissioned by the Society are not to be used without our express, written permission.