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9/18/14 -- OHC Volunteer William Yin has written a feature about Oberlin College's World War II Memorial Garden, located near Finney Chapel.  

Read the Feature: World War II Memorial Garden

This article was written as part of an ongoing effort to research and post more information about Oberlin's landmarks, a list of which can be found under our Research and Learn Menu.

William is a graduate of Oberlin High School and the University of Washington - Seattle. Read More ...

8/21/14 -- September 27 (Saturday, 1-4 p.m.) The Oberlin Heritage Center will be one of many local groups participating in the Oberlin Community and Culture Festival - stop by and say hello at OHC's booth on Tappan Square. The Festival celebrates diversity, creativity and commitment with a great mix of cultures, languages, food, music, dance, art, and more!

Enjoy a FREE Upstairs/Downstairs tour at the Oberlin Heritage Center at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. as part of Smithsonian Magazine's 10th Annual Museum Day. Present the Museum Day Admission Card available at www.Smithsonianmag.com/museumday. Read More ...

8/21/14 -- September 29 (Monday, 4:30 p.m.) J. Brent Morris, assistant professor at the University of South Carolina, Beaufort, and author of the new book "Oberlin: Hotbed of Abolitionism: College, Community and the Fight for Freedom and Equality in Antebellum America" (which will soon be available for purchase in OHC's museum store) presents "Be not conformed to this world: Oberlin and the Antebellum Fight for Freedom and Equality."  Co-sponsored by the Oberlin College Library and Archives, the Oberlin College History Department, the Oberlin Heritage Center and the Oberlin African-American Genealogy and History Group. Location: Moffett Auditorium in the Oberlin College Mudd Center Library. Read More ...

8/21/14 -- October 15 (Wednesday, 7:15 p.m.) Historian Eugene D. Schmiel presents "Jacob Cox and the 'Oberlin Letter' - Military Hero and Controversial Politician."  Cox, a man with many ties to Oberlin, rose to the rank of general in the Union Army during the Civil War and later served as the 28th governor of Ohio and as U.S. Secretary of the Interior. Schmiel is the author of a new book "Citizen-General: Jacob Dolson Cox and the Civil War Era," which is available in the OHC Museum Store. The event is co-sponsored with the Oberlin College Archives. Location: Kendal at Oberlin's Heiser Auditorium. Read More ...

8/21/14 -- October 16 (Thursday, 12 noon) History for Lunch.  This brown bag presentation and book signing features author Gene Schmiel on "Jacob Cox: Oberlin's Finest Civil War General."  Schmiel takes an introspective look at Civil War General Jacob Dolson Cox and leads his audience to understand that with Cox's personality, Oberlin training, and educational focus on the ministry and theology, few would have predicted that he would have a successful military career. On the other hand, the educational discipline he received at Oberlin College, along with his study of the classics helped him prepare himself and his men as he led them into battle. Co-sponsored by the Heritage Center and the Oberlin College Archives and Oberlin Public Library. Location: Oberlin Public Library. Read More ...

8/21/14 -- October 17 (Friday, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.)  
Area youngsters have the day off because of NEOEA professional development teacher workshops, and area arts and culture organizations offer a number of FREE family activities for this kids' vacation day. Activities this year will center around the art museum's exhibition theme "Art of the Americas."

Here at the Heritage Center, families can visit the Little Red Schoolhouse at 11:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to hear historical interpreter Judy Cook sing songs and ballads of early America.  The schoolhouse will also be open for exploration and yard games from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Hands-on activities at other sites will include self portraits, paper flowers, book giveaways, and more!

This event is co-hosted by the Oberlin Heritage Center, Allen Memorial Art Museum, FAVA, the Oberlin Public Library, America Reads, and the Eastwood/Prospect PTO.

Activity Locations: Read More ...

8/21/14 -- August 23 (Saturday, 5-7 p.m.) Come celebrate and thank OHC Collections Assistant Prue Richards as she retires after 15 years of amazing service. Plan to bring a favorite dish to the Potluck Picnic for Prue, and the Heritage Center will provide tables & chairs, paper plates, utensils and beverages. Contact (440) 774-1700 or members@oberlinheritage.org if you'd like to volunteer to help with the event. Location: Heritage Center grounds. (Rain date: Sunday, August 24, 5-7 p.m.)

As Prue Richards retires as the Oberlin Heritage Center’s extraordinary Collections expert, the organization hopes to be able to conserve and stabilize a wonderfully unique and amazingly worn early 19th century quilt in the collection that has always been a favorite of Prue’s (and until this opportunity, it has been too brittle to display).  Read More ...

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Date Title
8/21/14 Nov 8 & 9 - Parents' Weekend Tours
8/21/14 Nov 9 - Oberlin Connections Through Hymns and Historical Marker Dedication
8/21/14 Nov 20 - 20th Century Stories From Around Town
8/21/14 Nov 25 - Sharing Stories From Overseas
8/21/14 Dec 6 & 13 - Kids Winter Fun Days
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