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7/11/14 -- Think you have sharp eyes?  Try the brand new Windows of Oberlin Scavenger Hunt and search the town and campus for 20 notable windows.  It's fun for all ages and a great way to explore town on a sunny summer's day. Read More ...

1/23/14 -- Join us for Saturday and Sunday History Walk this summer.  Register online or by visiting the Oberlin Heritage Center.


Every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. - "One Step More" Oberlin Women's History Walk

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. This illustrated walking tour 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. Tickets are available online through the Event Calendar and at the Museum Store in the Monroe House up until tour time.

Every Saturday at 11:00 a.m. - Freedom's Friends History Walk
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7/9/14 -- Join us for a special after-hours tour offering every Wednesday in August at 6:30pm, featuring our new women's history walking tour. Read More ...

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7/5/14 -- New and Old faces: A blog on Frances Jewett  Read More ...

1/23/14 -- Hands on History Fun Summer Day Camps (9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for boys and girls ages 8-13)
Location: Oberlin Depot.   Click on the program title to register or download a registration form. Read More ...

1/23/14 -- August 2 (Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Oberlin's long-time summer tradition of Family Fun Fair takes place Saturday, August 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with free activities designed for families with young children throughout downtown and on the grounds of the Oberlin Heritage Center. Try your hand at old-fashioned games on the lawn at the Little Red Schoolhouse, or step back in time and explore the first floor of the 1866 Monroe House on a self-guided tour.

Pick up a copy of the Heritage Center's new oral history publication Bonnets to Boardrooms: Women's Stories from a Historic College Town and have it signed by the author, Eugenia (Geni) Poporad Vanek, from 12 noon to 2 p.m. The book can be purchased at or in person at the Heritage Center's Museum Store; all OHC members receive a 10% discount. Bonnets to Boardrooms has been called "a treasure trove of strong voices and intriguing details" by best-selling author Tracy Chevalier (The Last Runaway). Read More ...