New Book Release: Bonnets to Boardrooms
2/26/14 -- The Oberlin Heritage Center is pleased to announce the release of a new oral history publication featuring the stories of Oberlin women in the 20th century. Bonnets to Boardrooms: Women's Stories from a Historic College Town
was compiled and edited by Eugenia Poporad Vanek using stories gathered by the Oberlin Heritage Center's Oral History Project. Read More ...
March 20 - The Oberlin Oral History Project
1/23/14 -- March 20 (Thursday, 7:15 p.m.) The Oberlin Oral History Project: Looking Backward and Moving Forward. Allan Patterson, an Oberlin middle school social studies teacher, was among the key driving forces in a group of volunteers who began recording oral histories of long-time Oberlin residents in 1981. Over the next seven years, 95 interviews were conducted, which touched upon a wide range of topics including their work, pastimes, and impressions of events happening in the world around them.
Patterson shares his stories about the early years of the project together with Priscilla Steinberg, a former Oberlin Chamber of Commerce director and a Heritage Center volunteer who has worked on the project for over two decades. Oberlin Heritage Center Museum Education and Tour Coordinator Liz Schultz will provide a brief update on current work underway on this remarkable project to capture community history. This program is co-sponsored with the Kendal Third Thursday Lecture Series. Location: Kendal at Oberlin's Heiser Auditorium. Read More ...
Mar. 24-27 - Spring Break Camps
11/13/13 -- March 24 & 25 - Undercover History: Spies, Detectives, and Police
Together we will explore the history of people who watch, listen, conclude, and act to keep their country...or their secrets safe. Document your fingerprints and solve a mystery. Develop an alter ego and sneak around in disguise. Watch carefully to identify the liar in the group. Figure out a way to send a secret message.
March 26 & 27 - Ancient Egypt
Learn about the people, gods, and land of the pharaohs. How did they build their mighty monuments? What wonders did they want with them in their tombs? Together we will gaze upon treasures from Egypt, craft an object for the afterlife, write a message in hieroglyphics, and sample Egyptian cuisine. Read More ...
Starting in April - Amazing Oberlin Smartphone Race!
1/23/14 -- Amazing Oberlin Smartphone Race! (Reservations available April - October, Tuesday through Saturday between 10 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) Like history, hiking, and a healthy dose of friendly competition? Friends and family can challenge each other to this fun new learning adventure. How does it work?
Two teams, ideally with two to four people per team, begin at the Heritage Center and are texted the first clue leading them to a landmark in Oberlin. When a team figures out an answer, they send a text or a photo back and receive the next clue. There are fourteen clues in all and the race is 2 miles (assuming you make no false moves) and takes 90 minutes (if you're quite clever, light on your feet, and don't stop for ice cream). Who can play?
Anyone, although each team will need at least one player with a smartphone to send and receive texts and photos. How much does it cost?
$25 per race for nonmembers, $20 for members. What can I expect?
A fun hike around town, learning something you never knew about Oberlin, and the thrill of victory and bragging rights! (or shame of defeat). How do I sign up?
Contact the Museum Education and Tour Coordinator Liz Schultz to schedule your date and start time; the sooner you schedule, the more likely your date will be available. (Racing on days when Heritage Center is usually closed may be possible by appointment for an additional fee.) Read More ...
April 9 - Annual Meeting and Dinner
1/23/14 -- April 9 (Wednesday, 5 -8:30 p.m.) Annual Meeting and Dinner. Plan to attend this popular gathering of members and friends to review the year just past and look ahead to the future. The evening's program features women's stories about 20th century Oberlin collected by the Oberlin Oral History project, the presentation of OHC's 13th Annual Community Awards, and a brief business meeting. Festivities begin with a social hour (optional) at 5 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m. and the program at 7 p.m. Invitations will be sent to members in late February, or download the form below, or register online
. Reservations needed; cost is $33/members and $38/non-members (or $28/members and $33/non-members if reservation made by March 28). Location: Oberlin Inn. Read More ...
April 30 - Under the Baton: Music at Old Cedar Point
1/23/14 -- April 30 (Wednesday, 7:15 p.m.) Under the Baton: Music at Old Cedar Point. Join us for a screening of Sandusky Library's documentary Under the Baton: Music at Old Cedar Point. The 30-minute film chronicles the growth of Cedar Point Amusement Park through the rise and popularity of concert band music, which was a major form of entertainment at the park in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Oberlin College professor Dr. Steven Plank served as the Humanities Scholar for the documentary project. Some of the filming was conducted in the Oberlin Heritage Center's Monroe House, and on the Oberlin College campus. The film will be followed by a Q&A with the film's assistant producer, Maggie Marconi, Museum Curator at Sandusky's Follett House Museum. Location: Kendal at Oberlin's Heiser Auditorium. Read More ...
May 3 - Big Parade
1/23/14 -- May 3 (Saturday, 12 - 4 p.m. - For all ages.) Oberlin's legendary Big Parade must be seen to be believed! The route extends from Prospect School (36 South Prospect Street) to Tappan Square, and the parade gets underway at 12 noon. Want to help with the Heritage Center's entry in the Parade? - see our Volunteer Opportunities page further on... For more information, check out The Big Parade's page on Facebook. Read More ...