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10/18/14 -- Office Assistant Linda Gates has written a blog post about her ongoing work documenting advertisements in Oberlin High School O-High annuals.  Read about the project and some of her favorte ads:
Oberlin's Business Growth As Seen In Oberlin High School Annuals Read More ...

8/21/14 -- The Oberlin Heritage Center will offer several special tours as visitors come to town as part of Oberlin College's annual Parents' Weekend.  Visitors and residents are welcome to register for any of the following (click to register online):

Friday, November 7
3:00 p.m. Freedom's Friends History Walk

Saturday, November 8
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Oberlin Origins: Sneak Peek Tours
11:00 a.m. Freedom's Friends History Walk
1:00 p.m. One Step More Women's History Walk

Sunday, November 9
11:00 a.m. One Step More Women's History Walk Read More ...

8/21/14 -- November 9 (Sunday, 3-4:30 p.m.) Oberlin Connections through Hymns and Dedication of Ohio Historical Marker for Antoinette Brown Blackwell and First Church Join community members, visitors, religious leaders, and dignitaries for a stirring hour-long "sing" of historic hymns, followed by the dedication of the newest Ohio Historical Marker in Oberlin, recognizing First Church, United Church of Christ, built in the 1840s, and Antoinette Brown Blackwell (1825-1921), an Oberlin College graduate who became the first woman ordained as a minister in the nation (1853). Co-sponsored by the Oberlin Heritage Center and First Church in Oberlin, U.C.C. Location: First Church. Read More ...

8/21/14 -- November 20 (Thursday, 7:15 p.m.) 20th Century Stories from Around Town Author Eugenia (Geni) Poporad Vanek highlights Oberlin sites and events from the recently published OHC book Bonnets to Boardrooms: Women's Stories from a Historic College Town, which includes recollections from fifty-two Oberlin women whose lives span the 20th century. Hear about the original Apollo Theater, Allen Hospital, and First Church; memories of a changing downtown; and efforts to renovate the New Union Center for the Arts and build Splash Zone. Some vignettes showcase national figures and events in the news while others share seemingly everyday occurrences that give vibrancy to life in a small town. Co-sponsored by the Heritage Center and Kendal's Third Thursday Lecture Series. Location: Kendal at Oberlin's Heiser Auditorium. Read More ...

8/21/14 -- November 25 (Tuesday, 7:15 p.m.) Sharing Stories from Overseas Being part of a college community offers many opportunities to learn more about people and places around the world - without ever leaving home. This evening, several Heritage Center college student interns take turns acquainting us with their international roots and studies abroad. Among those featured are Hanna Van Reed, a history major from the Philadelphia area, who recently spent a semester studying at Pembroke College at the University of Cambridge in England, and Rand Zalzala, an architecture major from Baghdad, attending Oberlin College with the help of the Iraqi Student Project (ISP), which enables Iraqis to study in American colleges and then take their skills back to help in the rebuilding of Iraqi society. Location: Kendal at Oberlin's Heiser Auditorium. Read More ...

8/21/14 -- December 6 and 13 (Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.)  Kids Winter Fun Day. Kids, want to have fun making crafts, playing games, and enjoying music and cartoons of the season? Parents, need a few extra hours to finish shopping, wrapping or baking? Then, this Fun Day is for both of you! Parents can drop off children ages 5-12 at anytime during the activities. Kids who will be with us morning and afternoon should bring a bag lunch for noon. Fee: $4/hour/child; $3/hour/child for multiple siblings. Cash or check payment will be due at time of pick-up. An adult educator and assistants will be present at all times. To sign up, call the Heritage Center at (440) 774-1700 with (1) the name/age of child(ren), (2) approximate time of drop off/pick-up, and (3) your phone number. Location: Oberlin Depot. Read More ...

8/21/14 -- December 9 (Tuesday, 2:30 p.m.) How does the Allen fit within the context of American master architect Cass Gilbert's career? Patricia Murphy, executive director of the Oberlin Heritage Center, presents a brief biographical sketch of Gilbert (1859-1934), showcases some of his better and lesser known works, and provides a glimpse at Gilbert's ambitious and not entirely realized plans for Oberlin. This "Tea Talk" is sponsored by the Allen Memorial Art Museum with the Oberlin Heritage Center. Location: AMAM East Gallery. Read More ...

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