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Our mission is to preserve and share Oberlin's unique heritage and to make our community a better place to live, learn, work and visit.


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Feeling cooped up?  Come for a Sneak Peek: Oberlin Origins tour! This 30-minute guided tour of the first floor of the 1866 Monroe House includes stories and images of the individuals and events that shaped Oberlin’s first one hundred years. Drop-in visitors are welcome although advance notice is appreciated. $3/adult. Free for OHC members, college students, and children under 18. Tours begin at Monroe House and are available Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Schedule an Amazing Oberlin Smartphone Race!  Starting in April, family and friends (and enemies) can compete to solve clues and find local landmarks.  Fourteen clues will take you on a fun hike around town and having you looking at Oberlin's buildings, history, and monuments in a new way.  For more details, see our Amazing Oberlin Race page.

Liven up your classroom, club, or community space by requesting an Outreach Program.  We have many options to choose from for adults and kids.

Visit the Oberlin Heritage Center to experience the authentic and celebrate the past. This award-winning museum complex includes three beautifully preserved historic sites, the Monroe House (1866), Jewett House (1884) and Schoolhouse (1836).  

Explore this small Ohio college town with an extraordinary, nationally significant history. Discover Oberlin’s crucial role as part of the Underground Railroad and a hotbed of abolitionism, women’s activism, and scientific discovery.
Learn about ordinary people doing extraordinary things through lively tours and history walks, educational activities, workshops, special events, and the local history and genealogy resource center of the museum.
Connect with the past. Explore your heritage. Share what you learn with friends and family. Join fellow members, volunteers, and interns in our mission to preserve and share cultural resources for generations to come.

Ring the school bell. Climb the winding stair case. Stroll through time. Connect your kids to the past. Preserve your family treasures. Help save places that matter. Preserve Oberlin's history for tomorrow.