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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 ...

1/24/15 -- February 5 (Thursday, 7:15 p.m.) On the Home Front. Join us for an eye-witness view from the Civil War home front with family letters, songs, and images, presented by folksinger/author (and Oberlin Heritage Center board member) Judy Cook accompanied by her husband Dennis Cook. The program is woven from the letters of Judy's great-great-grandparents, Gilbert and Esther Claflin who write of their Wisconsin farm, their mothers, her brothers in the army and their wives. Location: Kendal at Oberlin's Heiser Auditorium. Read More ...

1/27/15 -- February 17 (Tuesday, 4:30 p.m.) Rules of Engagement: Civil War Courtship Letters and the ‘Homefront Imaginary.' Oberlin College Professor of History Carol Lasser draws on the correspondence of Oberlinians Giles Waldo Shurtleff and Mary E. Burton, as well as that of Elliott Grabill and Anna Jenney, and looks at the ways in which these soldiers turned to women on the homefront for emotional support and relationships beyond the battlefield to sustain them during the conflict. Mary and Anna responded, and eventually out of the correspondence came two long and successful marriages. This program is co-sponsored with the Oberlin College Archives and the Oberlin College Department of History. Location: Moffett Auditorium in Oberlin College's Mudd Library. Read More ...

1/10/15 -- February 25 through March 18 (Wednesdays, 1-3 p.m.)
Children ages eight to thirteen are sure to enjoy this engaging and educational series about people around the world! Each week we will explore a different culture and time period through hands-on activities and discussions of art, architecture, food, geography, religion and more: Read More ...

1/28/15 -- February 28 (Saturday, 2-5 p.m.) Docent Training for Upstairs/Downstairs Tour. This introductory workshop instructs volunteers on how to present an engaging 75-minute tour through the Heritage Center's three historic buildings while sharing stories of the community and college in its first century, from the 1833 founding through the turn of the 20th century. Read More ...

1/28/15 -- March 14 (Saturday, 1-4 p.m.) Docent Training for Freedom's Friends History Walk. 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. Read More ...

1/10/15 -- March 23-24 (Monday and Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
How do we know what we know about the past? We'll learn together how archaeologists use artifacts, the landscape, science, and stories to figure out just how humans lived (and died) in the past. In this two-day camp we'll explore some tools of the trade, piece together a story based on placed objects, carefully dig into a mini mock excavation, and discuss some of the most famous archaeological investigations, from Native American mounds in Ohio to the buried city of Pompeii. Read More ...

Also Inside

Date Title
1/10/15 Mar 25 & 26 - World Culture Camp
1/28/15 Mar 26 - An Evening with Antoinette Brown Blackwell
1/28/15 Mar 29 - Women's History Month History Walk!
1/28/15 Apr 1 - OHC Annual Meeting and Community Awards Dinner
1/28/15 Apr - New Tablet Tour Test Runs
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