Summer History Walk Schedule

As warm weather returns to northeast Ohio, so do the Oberlin Heritage Center’s popular outdoor history walks. All ages can enjoy time outside and learn more about Oberlin’s unique history and architecture through these fun learning opportunities:

Freedom’s Friends: Underground Railroad & Abolitionist History Walk.

Saturdays at 11 a.m., June, July, August.


Prior to the Civil War, as many as 3,000 African Americans passed through or lived in Oberlin after escaping from slavery. Learn about Oberlin’s famous freedom seekers and those known to have helped them make their way to freedom on the Underground Railroad.

One Step More – Oberlin Women’s History Walk.

First Saturday at 2 p.m., June, July, August.

 In 1834, “founding father” John J. Shipherd pledged Oberlin’s commitment to the elevation of the female character through education. Little did he know there was dynamite in that promise and women carried the matches! Hear stories of powerful Oberlin women who used Shipherd’s promise to shape what it meant to be a woman in Oberlin and the United States.

Make your reservation on-line or call the Oberlin Heritage Center at (440)-774-1700.

Summer also is an ideal time to experience the Heritage Centers self-guided tablet tours that are convenient and adaptable to individual interests. Simply borrow an iPad from the Oberlin Heritage Center between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays, and learn about Oberlin in a “do it-yourself” format. The Freedom’s Friends: Abolition/Underground Railroad tour allows participants to move at their own pace through town and campus to learn about local monuments and discover new stories connected to Oberlin’s abolitionist history. The Picture the Past:Historic Downtown Oberlin tablet tour covers a one block radius extending from the corner of Main and College Streets and is filled with fun facts, historic photographs, and more! The fee is $5/hour or $20/day per tablet, with a 20% discount for OHC members.



Freedom's Friends History Walk Flyer

One Step More - Oberlin Women History Walk Flyer

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