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Sales of these unique products, created exclusively by and for the Society, directly relate to and further our mission: To support Lake Oswego’s historic fabric through advocacy and education. These gift items also diversify our revenue stream which gives the non-profit greater financial stability.

These items are available in the gift shop of our History Center & Museum. The museum is located at 40 Wilbur Street, Lake Oswego OR 97034. Open hours are Tuesday, Thursday, and the first Saturday of each month from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Society members receive 10% off items purchased at our gift shop, with the exception of the furnace necklaces. This discount is not available online and it does not extend to items purchased at other locations.

To order any of the items online, you may use our Shop’s PayPal option. If you have any questions, please e-mail us, or call 503-481-2479.

The Society is also a registered AmazonSmile charity. You can support our non-profit by shopping at AmazonSmile.

NEW Exclusive Sterling Silver Necklaces — They’re a ‘Blast!’

Mark David Hoyt — Sterling Silver necklaces

Master jeweler, Mark David Hoyt, has created two sterling silver necklace designs based on the Oregon Iron Furnace, the first on the Pacific Coast. These pieces will not be available at any of our retail partners; they are sold exclusively by the Society in our museum gift shop and online for $65. Click the photo to the left to see better detail in a larger view. As with all of our products, proceeds are dedicated to furthering the Society’s mission: To support Lake Oswego’s historic fabric through advocacy and education.

There is a 3-dimensional version of the blast furnace necklace along with a 2-dimensional version. Although they are sold as necklaces, they can be converted into a charm, pin, or other piece. As a special order, Mark David Hoyt at Posh Jewelers can also cast it in gold or other medals.

These beautiful necklaces are $65 each; plus $4 shipping for online orders. Place your order for the 3-D version which stands 3/4″ tall here:


Place an order for the 2-D version of the necklace here:


Lake Oswego Resort Swim Sign

SWIM Lake Oswego Resort: metal sign

Lake Oswego Resort SWIM metal sign (12.5 x 16 inches)

This iconic sign once stood on the southeast shore of Oswego Lake. The Society commissioned Lake Oswego artist Mary Ann Kunkel to create original artwork based on a 1947 image of the Morris swim park sign in the Society’s collection. (photo of original sign is shown in the inset/overlay to the right). Click image to see larger, detailed view of actual sign.

The distressed-looking metal sign is 12.5 x 16 inches and is available for $30 plus $9 shipping. It is suitable for display inside or outside and each sign comes with a hanger.

Swim signs are available for purchase at these Lake Oswego locations: Nicoletta’s Table and Marketplace at 333 S. State Street, Suite M. Open Monday through Saturday 9:00 am to 9:00 pm. Phone: (503) 699-2927 and the Lake Oswego City Hall store at 380 A Avenue, Suite 3, open Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Signs are $30 each; plus $9 shipping for online orders. 


“Greetings From Lake Oswego” Beach Towel

Welcome to Lake Oswego beach towel image

“Greetings From Lake Oswego” beach towel, 30 x 60 inches, Turkish cotton blend.

Make a splash in or out of the water! The Society’s proprietary “Greetings From Lake Oswego” postcard design is featured on these 30 x 60 inch beach towels. Made in Turkey of 65% cotton and 35% poly fabric, they have a luxurious feel and come with a loop for hanging. The photographic quality full-color print is colorfast, washable, and fade resistant.

Beach towels are available for purchase at these Lake Oswego locations: Nicoletta’s Table and Marketplace at 333 S. State Street, Suite M. Open Monday through Saturday 9:00 am to 9:00 pm. Phone: (503) 699-2927 and the Lake Oswego City Hall store at 380 A Avenue, Suite 3, open Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm or they may be purchased online.

Towels are $40 each; plus $7 shipping for online orders. 


It’s in the Bag. A gift bag of items celebrating our local history

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A wonderful gift to honor our rich history.

This gift idea provides a great value with $128 of merchandise for $100. Our Oregon Portland Cement Company Gift Bag contains:

  • 1 Lake Oswego Retro Apron or 20 by 20 Inch Pillow Cover
  • 1 Reel Lake Oswego DVD
  • 1 signed copy of Lake Oswego Vignettes
  • 1 Ladd Estate Company 1930s reproduction map on canvas
  • 1 set of 8 Greetings from Lake Oswego picnic notecards
  • 1 set of 6 Live Where You Play notecards
  • 1 each of 4 different Lake Oswego postcards


The Reel Lake Oswego: Clown Diver to Sky Divers film (DVD)

The Reel Lake Oswego DVD.

We have received great press about our film: The Reel Lake Oswego: Clown Diver to Sky Divers. Along with footage from the Oregon Historical Society’s collection, this documentary includes home movies from the 1920s through the 1960s generously provided by many who have been a part of our community. Our creative team included Emmy winner and Oscar nominated Kate McMahon as our producer and Milt Ritter, with decades of experience creating Oregon Public Broadcasting documentaries, as our sound and film editor.

This film on DVD is a little over 27 minutes and is available for $20, plus $3.50 shipping. DVDs are also available for purchase at these Lake Oswego locations: Nicoletta’s Table and Marketplace at 333 S. State Street, Suite M. Open Monday through Saturday 9:00 am to 9:00 pm. Phone: (503) 699-2927, Ace Hardware 55 S. State Street, and the Lake Oswego City Hall store at 380 A Avenue, Suite 3, open Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Please Note: This film is for home viewing only and cannot be screened publicly without the Society’s written permission.


Lake Oswego Vintage Picnic Notecards

Eight vintage picnic scenes of Oswego and Lake Grove.

These blank notecards and envelopes feature eight different vintage scenes of picnics in Lake Grove and Oswego.

These 6″ x 4″ cards sell for $12 for the set, plus $3 shipping. Notecards are also available for purchase at these Lake Oswego locations: Nicoletta’s Table and Marketplace at 333 S. State Street, Suite M. Open Monday through Saturday 9:00 am to 9:00 pm. Phone: (503) 699-2927 and the Lake Oswego City Hall store at 380 A Avenue, Suite 3, open Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.


Ladd Estate Company Map Canvas Reproduction

Ladd Estate Company map

Reproduction of a 1930s Ladd Estate Company map of Lake Grove and Oswego.

This Ladd Estate Company map has been reproduced from a 1930s real estate brochure. The 16″ x 20″ map of Lake Grove and Oswego is printed on canvas and is suitable for framing. The cost is $20 plus $5 for shipping.

Maps are also available for purchase at these Lake Oswego locations: Nicoletta’s Table and Marketplace at 333 S. State Street, Suite M. Open Monday through Saturday 9:00 am to 9:00 pm. Phone: (503) 699-2927 and the Lake Oswego City Hall store at 380 A Avenue, Suite 3, open Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

View an enlarged image to see map detail.


Paul A. Lanquist
Lake Oswego Posters

Renowned Northwest artist, Paul A. Lanquist, designed these 18″ x 24″ 12-color giclée print posters celebrating Lake Oswego’s architectural heritage exclusively for the Lake Oswego Preservation Society. Proceeds from poster sales are earmarked for a special preservation fund.

Lake Oswego Summer Poster

Lake Oswego Summer Poster

Lake Oswego Spring Poster

Lake Oswego Spring Poster

Lake Oswego Winter Poster

Lake Oswego Winter Poster

Lake Oswego Autumn Poster

WINTER features the 1866 Oswego Iron Furnace, the first furnace built on the West Coast and the only surviving blast furnace west of the Rocky Mountains. It is a City of Lake Oswego Landmark and it’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

SPRING features the 1931 Richard Sundeleaf-designed Gothic style boathouse on Jantzen Island. The boathouse is a designated City of Lake Oswego Landmark and it’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The SUMMER poster features the 1929 George Rogers House designed by Van Evera Bailey. The house is on the National Register of Historic Places and it is a designated City of Lake Oswego Landmark.

AUTUMN features the 1927 Mulder-Lake House designed by noted architect, Wade Hampton Pipes. The house is a designated City of Lake Oswego Landmark.

An individual poster is $25 with $10 shipping. If you would like multiple posters mailed to a single address, the $10 will cover the shipping and handling. And if you purchase the set of all four seasons, the total price is $100 with $10 shipping. If no shipping is required, please contact us by using the email address or the phone number at the top of this page to arrange for local payment/pickup.

If you are using PayPal, please specify if you would like the WINTER, SPRING, SUMMER, or the AUTUMN poster from the drop down menu below. Your order will appear in the shopping cart at the bottom of the page.

Posters are also available for purchase at the following Lake Oswego locations: Nicoletta’s Table and Marketplace at 333 S. State Street, Suite M. Open Monday through Saturday 9:00 am to 9:00 pm. Phone: (503) 699-2927 and the Lake Oswego City Hall store at 380 A Avenue, Suite 3, open Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.





Lake Oswego Pillow

Pillow Sham

Pillow Sham — zippered

The Society is pleased to offer a pillow cover featuring the same vintage illustration from the 1950s apron belonging to Clara M. Hargreaves described in the story below. The pillow sham measures 20 by 20 inches square. They are $30 plus $5 shipping; a pillow insert is not included.

Pillow covers are also available for purchase at two Lake Oswego locations: Nicoletta’s Table and Marketplace at 333 S. State Street, Suite M, open Monday through Saturday 9:00 am to 9:00 pm. Phone (503) 699-2927 and the Lake Oswego City Hall store at 380 A Avenue, Suite 3, open Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

View an enlarged image to see pillow detail.


1950’s Retro Aprons

Retro Apron

Retro Apron

The Society is pleased to offer a reproduction of a 1950s apron pictured below. The original belonged to Clara M. Hargreaves, the grandmother of the current Lake Oswego Library director, Bill Baars. Bill kindly allowed us to reproduce the apron as a fundraiser for the Society. Each one is locally made and is packaged with the story of the apron and a copy of Clara’s handwritten recipe for zucchini bread. The cost is $30, or $35 shipped to you.

Aprons are also available for purchase at two Lake Oswego locations: Nicoletta’s Table and Marketplace at 333 S. State Street, Suite M, open Monday through Saturday 9:00 am to 9:00 pm. Phone (503) 699-2927 and the Lake Oswego City Hall store at 380 A Avenue, Suite 3, open Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

View an enlarged image to see apron detail.


Lake Oswego Vignettes

Lake Oswego Vignettes Book

Lake Oswego Vignettes book cover.

Lake Oswego Vignettes: Illiterate Cows to College-Educated Cabbage
by Marylou Colver, with a foreword by Dan Heine, former President & CEO, The Bank of Oswego

From the book jacket: Human fish, rocket-powered boats, and an equine regatta—Lake Oswego had it all. With tales of a mayor who knew the town’s cows by name and a singing pig drunk on moonshine, Marylou Colver captures the quirky anecdotes of Lake Oswego’s past. In the 20th century, visionary real estate developers touted Lake Oswego as an ideal place to “Live Where You Play,” a reputation the city maintains today. But this playful paradise is a far cry from the small town developed by iron company entrepreneurs in the 19th century. Marylou Colver chronicles the transition from gritty to pretty by recounting the people and events that shaped Lake Oswego. From bathing suit bans to a robot circus, enjoy the legacy of unusual facts, some recently discovered, that inspired Lake Oswego Vignettes. 

Click here to see a sample of the vignettes

Click here to read an interview with the author

Click here to visit the Amazon author page

If you wish to pick up the book, each copy is $19.99. Please arrange pick up using the email address at the top of this page. If you wish to have the book shipped within the U. S., each copy is $24.99. Please contact us for shipping charges outside of the U. S.

Books are also available for purchase at two Lake Oswego locations: Nicoletta’s Table and Marketplace at 333 S. State Street, Suite M. Open Monday through Saturday 9:00 am to 9:00 pm. Phone: (503) 699-2927, Ace Hardware 55 S. State Street, and the Lake Oswego City Hall store at 380 A Avenue, Suite 3, open Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. 


Live Where You Play Notecards

Live Where You Play notecards

“Live Where You Play” Notecards

There are six different Live Where You Play notecard designs based on illustrations from a 1926 Ladd Estate Company brochure for Oswego real estate.

They are printed on a linen finish paper. A box of six different note cards and matching envelopes is $12 for local pickup, or add $3 for shipping.

Notecards are also available for purchase at two Lake Oswego locations: Nicoletta’s Table and Marketplace at 333 S. State Street, Suite M. Open Monday through Saturday 9:00 am to 9:00 pm. Phone: (503) 699-2927 and the Lake Oswego City Hall store at 380 A Avenue, Suite 3, open Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.


Cement Bags

A tote bag with a history!

The Lake Oswego Preservation Society has created a canvas tote “cement bag!” The red and blue logo it features is based on an actual canvas bag used by the Oregon Portland Cement Company at Oswego. The original cement bag is in the Society’s collection. A card accompanies each bag with information about this industrial operation that was part of our town’s history for over 70 years.

The cement plant was located where the Oswego Pointe apartments stand today. Construction began in 1909, but the first cement was not produced until 1916. “Portland” is a type of cement; it’s not named after Portland, Oregon. Cement production ceased in 1981, all other operations were discontinued in 1986, and the plant was demolished in 1987.

These cotton totes are a convenient size — 12″ x 15″ x 3.5″ — with two shoulder-length straps. They are $5 each, $8 shipped to you.

Cement bags are also available at the Lake Oswego City Hall store at 380 A Avenue, Suite 3, open Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.


“Greetings From Lake Oswego” Postcards

“Greetings from Lake Oswego” postcard

This large letter postcard is not a replica. It was created exclusively for the Lake Oswego Preservation Society. The 3.5″ x 5.5″ format is historically accurate and it is printed on paper with a linen finish just like postcards from this era. The cost is $10 for a pack of ten, or $5 for five, plus $1 shipping charge for each set mailed.

Also individual .postcards at $1 each are for sale locally at the Lake Oswego City Hall Store – 380 A Avenue, Suite 3

SET OF 10


SET OF 5


Make a Donation

The Society is an all-volunteer organization. There are no paid staff and since we do not have a physical building to maintain, 100 percent of the donations we receive are dedicated to our mission. 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