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3/19/15 -- The Oberlin Heritage Center announces that its Executive Director, Patricia Murphy, plans to step down at the end of August, after 22 years in the position. Board of Trustees President Nicholas Jones stated that "We are sad to see Pat leave, but deeply grateful for the visionary leadership she has shown over these two decades. With her high professional standards and her unstinting concern for the welfare of Oberlin, Pat has been a great asset both to the Heritage Center and to the community. She is leaving OHC in a very positive position."

As the Oberlin Heritage Center's first professional director, Murphy led the way for a dramatic expansion of the 110-year old history organization, which now has some 700 members, a strong professional staff, a solid intern and volunteer team, an extensive program of tours, lectures, and educational opportunities, a collection of artifacts relating to Oberlin history, and a campus of historic buildings in the center of Oberlin. Under her leadership, the Oberlin Heritage Center achieved accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums, a status few small museums attain. She also provided leadership in institutional planning and heritage tourism. She secured National Register historic district status for downtown Oberlin and played a key role in reconstructing the tower of the New Union Center for the Arts.

Murphy commented that "I have found it very rewarding personally and professionally to help the organization become a strong community and visitor resource over the past twenty-two years. It has been a tremendous gift to work (and live) in a community with such amazingly talented, caring and generous people who appreciate and support the preservation and interpretation of Oberlin's rich history and its wealth of historic buildings." She looks forward to having more time to enjoy family and friends, travel, and running and will spend the fall in northern Wisconsin. Murphy also plans to devote time to research and writing while exploring other opportunities.

A national search for Murphy's successor will begin in April.

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1/28/15 -- March 29 (Sunday, 2 p.m.) Women's History Month Special Event! One Step More: A Walking Tour of Women's History in Oberlin. Inspired by the 1834 pledge made by Oberlin "founding father" John J. Shipherd to "elevate the female character" through education, this 75-minute tour acquaints you with stories of powerful 19th and early 20th century Oberlin women. Hear how they used Shipherd's promise to shape what it meant to be a woman in Oberlin and in the United States. Registration needed; $6 for adults; free to OHC members, college students and children accompanied by adults (most likely enjoyed by ages 9 and up). Please register in advance even if you are eligible for a free history walk. Read More ...

1/28/15 -- April 1 (Wednesday, 5 - 8:30 p.m.) OHC Annual Meeting and Dinner. Gather with OHC's members and friends for dinner and an enlightening program by OHC's Liz Schultz (Museum Education and Tour Coordinator) and Ron Gorman (volunteer docent and researcher) presenting "Old Secrets/New Stories of Oberlin's Underground Railroad." Read More ...

1/28/15 -- April (various dates/times)  - Volunteers needed for New Tablet Tour Test Runs (current OHC members only). Read More ...

1/28/15 -- April 21 (Tuesday, 7:15 p.m.) Forever Young: the History of Case Western Reserve University. Western Reserve College was the first permanent college in the Western Reserve of Connecticut. It was a product of the dreams and aspirations of leaders in the region, though they had to temper their religious goals to deal with the politics of the times. Nearly six decades later, and 26 miles northwest of the college's home in Hudson, Leonard Case, Jr. left funds to create a school of applied science in Cleveland. Strangely, it was inevitable that the two institutions would get together one day, but it wasn't easy. Richard E. Baznik (author of Beyond the Fence: A Social History of Case Western Reserve University) presents the story of the two institutions and their eventual consolidation, which also offers insights into the development of the region. Baznik, CWRU Vice President Emeritus for Public Affairs and University Historian is also an Oberlin Heritage Center board member. Free and open to the public. Location: Kendal at Oberlin's Heiser Auditorium. Read More ...

1/28/15 -- COMING IN MAY 2015: NEW! Self-guided tours for visitors to follow on their own tablets or iPads (or borrow one of ours!). Read More ...

1/28/15 -- May 16 (Saturday, 3- 5 p.m.) Docent Training for One Step More: A Walking Tour of Women's History in Oberlin. Learn how to present stories (in the format of a 75-minute walking tour) about powerful 19th and early 20th century Oberlin women who helped shape what it meant to be a woman in a small town and across America. Read More ...

Also Inside

Date Title
1/28/15 May 23 - 24 Commencement/Reunion/Memorial Weekend Tours
1/30/15 Summer / Fall History Walks
1/28/15 May 27 - From Civil War to Civil Rights: Oral History Stories
1/28/15 Jun 10 - Local Stories of Quarry Life
1/30/15 Jun 13 - Juneteenth
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