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11/26/14 -- The Community Awards Program celebrates and recognizes individuals, organizations and businesses whose outstanding accomplishments in serving the community are in keeping with our mission: to preserve and share Oberlin's unique heritage and to make our community a better place to live, learn, work and visit. Read More ...

12/22/14 -- Melissa Clifford pulled from several oral histories to share stories of Christmas traditions and memories in Oberlin.  

Oral History: Christmas Traditions Read More ...

12/10/14 -- Volunteer Kelsey Voit has been spending time in the Resource Center, preserving the Heritage Center's own organizational history.  Being founded in 1903, we have quite a bit of history too!

Read "Kelsey's Photo Scanning Project: Do I Know You?" Read More ...

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12/13/14 -- (Wednesday, January 28, 7:15 p.m., Kendal at Oberlin) This talk about Charles M. Hall, who discovered the economical process for refining aluminum metal, will focus on "new" developments in the Hall legacy. Inexpensive aluminum metal transformed expectations for the appearance of metals and enabled huge electrical networks and modern modes of transportation. Hall's wealth propelled Oberlin College into the 20th century.

We will begin with the performance of a little-known song, "Who Hauled Hall on Top of Hall?" that was written by Oberlin College students at the time of the dedication of Hall Auditorium in the fall of 1953. Accounts of other wanderings of the lightweight aluminum statue of Hall will be woven into the talk. The saga of the final construction of Hall Auditorium will be revisited. An ever-expanding myth, which Alcoa has now embraced, that Hall's older sister, Julia Hall, played a significant role in the discovery will be evaluated. We will "visit" a modern aluminum smelter. Read More ...