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4/2/14 -- Ron Gorman's latest blog post is about William Howard Day and Lucie Stanton, who were both educated at Oberlin College and devoted themselves to the anti-slavery cause and later struggled through personal and political disappointments brought on by racism before and after the Civil War. Read More ...

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. Read More ...

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 ...

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 Dennis McMullen of the Sandusky Library's Reference Services and Follett House Museum. Location: Kendal at Oberlin's Heiser Auditorium. Read More ...

1/23/14 -- May 3 (Saturday, 1¬- 4 p.m.) Freedom's Friends History Walk Docent Training. Learn about Oberlin's role in the history of abolition and the Underground Railroad and how to present it in the format of a 75-minute walking tour through historic neighborhoods surrounding downtown Oberlin. Docents are asked to commit to leading at least four tours or history walks per year. Training is free; registration requested by April 28. Location: Meet at the Monroe House. Read More ...

1/23/14 -- May 10 (Saturday, 9 a.m. - Noon) OHC Grounds Clean-Up Day. Roll up your sleeves and lend a hand, attack the weeds, and otherwise help beautify the Oberlin Heritage Center as we prepare for a busy tour season. Come for all or part of the morning and bring a friend or your family if you wish. Meet at the brick crossroads at the center of the grounds. Wear your work gloves (and bring your gardening tools if you like). Many hands make light work! Read More ...

1/23/14 -- May 14 (Wednesday, 7:15 p.m.) "Speak as though you had a right to!" - Oberlin & the Question of Womanhood. In 1834 John J. Shipherd pledged Oberlin's commitment to "the elevation of female character" through education. Little did he know, there was dynamite in that promise, and women carried the matches. In this illustrated presentation, Oberlin Heritage Center's AmeriCorps Member Jen Graham (OC' 2012) explores how Oberlin confronted and defined issues of femininity in the 19th and 20th centuries. Hear stories of powerful Oberlin women including Lucy Stone, Marianne Parker Dascomb, Adelia Field Johnston, Mary Church Terrell, and Lucy Stanton Day, and learn how they used John J. Shipherd's promise to shape what it meant to be a woman in Oberlin and in the United States. Location: Kendal at Oberlin's Heiser Auditorium. Read More ...

Also Inside

Date Title
1/23/14 May 17 - Scholars & Settlers Training
1/23/14 May 23-26 - Commencement Weekend Offerings
1/23/14 June - Summer History Walks Begin!
1/23/14 June - History Hikes and Happy Hour Series
1/23/14 June 3 - Repealing the Fugitive Slave Law
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