If we lose our history we lose our sense of who we are. You can be a part of helping the Lake Oswego Preservation Society, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, achieve its mission: To support Lake Oswego’s historic fabric through advocacy and education.
The Society does not have paid staff and we don’t own a building so 100 percent of your donation is dedicated to our mission.
Together we will make a difference!
Please send a check, made out to the Lake Oswego Preservation Society, or use the secure PayPal option to make your donation with a credit or debit card or from your bank account.
Our mailing address is:
Lake Oswego Preservation Society
PO Box 502
Marylhurst, OR 97036
In Memory of Jack Walsdorf
We are mourning the loss of one of our long-time board members. Jack Walsdorf was also a History Hero, a lifetime member of the Society, a strong supporter, and a friend. Jack, a long-time William Morris collector and scholar, was interested, as was Morris, in the issues of preservation and was inspired by the Morris quote “… these old buildings do not belong to us only; that they have belonged to our forefathers, and they will belong to our descendants unless we play them false. They are not in any sense our property, to do as we like with. We are only trustees for those that come after us. So I say nothing but absolute necessity can excuse the destruction of these buildings; and I say, further, that such a necessity has never yet existed in our time.”
Donations to the Society may be made in Jack’s memory. Many thanks to these generous donors:
Cliff & Kathy Heus
Kasey & Steve Holwerda
John & Bonnie Kroft
Robert Sack & Corinna Campbell-Sack
Craig & Rosie Stephens
Susan & Nick Stier
Karen & Gordon Sykes
Jane & Dave Turville
Ruth, Mary Jo, Debbi, & Patti Walsdorf
Tom Walsdorf & Rebecca Husband
Brent & Linda Willis
Become a Lake Oswego History Hero!
Would you like to make a difference in our community? Your gift of $1,000 or more will transform you into a Lake Oswego Preservation Society History Hero. No phone booth required!
On April 8, 2017, the Society opened the doors of Lake Oswego’s newest museum in the City-owned Iron Worker’s Cottage located at 40 Wilbur Street in the Old Town Neighborhood. To fund the ongoing work of the History Center and Museum, such as creating rotating exhibits, we are looking for help from our community. Although we operate a City-owned facility, we receive no funding from the City.
The first exhibit entitled: Oregon’s Iron Jubilee 1867 – 2017: Celebrating the First Iron Furnace on the Pacific Coast showcases the 19th century industry, which transformed the small village of Oswego into a bustling, iron manufacturing company town and it features artifacts that have never before been on public display. This well-curated exhibit, and the ones to follow, will entice students, residents, and out-of-town visitors.
The History Center and Museum also includes a gift shop of the Society’s unique, local history-related merchandise. All proceeds from these sales relate to and further our mission: To support Lake Oswego’s historic fabric through advocacy and education.
Every donor to our new History Center and Museum, at the $1,000 level or more, will be permanently honored on a plaque as a History Hero and you will be given a special keepsake commemorating the occasion. Of course, donations of any amount are appreciated and they will make a difference.
Our History Heroes are:
John & Diane Bradshaw
Stephen & Nancy Dudley
Gerald Morgan in memory of Phil & Peg Morgan
Nancy, Susan, & Mary Jane Headlee
Leon Drennan in memory of Leon Bullier, Consuelo Bullier, & Margot B. Dewart
Aase Maja Besson
Francine & Joe Smith
Erin O’Rourke- Meadors & Gregory Meadors in memory of Florenceann O’Rourke
Bonnie Allen & Quinn Walsdorf
Kasey & Steve Holwerda
Frank Kuo in memory of C. Herald & Virginia Campbell
J. J. Walsdorf in honor of Emily & Alison Walsdorf
Last but not least, it’s important to remember that the Society is an official Oregon Cultural Trust partner. If you make a donation to the Society and a matching donation to the Trust, you can get the entire match back as a tax credit – a win-win for us, for you, and for Oregon.
Contribute to Special Funds
You may also earmark donations for one of the funds dedicated to our mission of protecting Lake Oswego’s historic fabric. We have a legal defense fund for land use advocacy and a historic urban conservancy fund. The conservancy fund will enable the Society to buy noteworthy, historic Lake Oswego properties when they come on the market, protect them with a conservation easement, and then re-sell the protected properties.
Official Oregon Cultural Trust Partner
The Lake Oswego Preservation Society is an official Oregon Cultural Trust partner. A donation to the Cultural Trust benefits hundreds of cultural nonprofits every year.
During times of great change, culture helps keep us centered. Regardless of what is happening in the world, we have our culture – our music, our books and our heritage – to bring us together.
In Oregon, we have the unique opportunity to receive a tax credit when we support culture. Just make a donation to the Lake Oswego Preservation Society, one of 1400+ qualified cultural groups across the state, then match it with a gift to the Cultural Trust. Come tax time, you’ll receive a tax credit for your donation to the Cultural Trust.
You double the impact of your donation for free. No other state in the union rewards its citizens for investing in culture! Find out more at CulturalTrust.org.