Oct 9 - The Campaign in the Wilderness
October 9 (Tuesday, 7:15 p.m.) The Campaign in the Wilderness, presented by Art Historian Marcia Goldberg, is the story of the presidential campaign of 1840 with incumbent candidate Martin Van Buren being challenged by Ohio's favorite son William Henry Harrison. The country was still reeling from the financial crisis of 1837 which had dried up support for the fledgling Oberlin Institute. Oberlin voters had a difficult decision to make further compounded by the entrance into the race of a third candidate, abolitionist James G. Birney. Goldberg's program has many fascinating parallels with today's presidential campaign. Location: Kendal at Oberlin's Heiser Auditorium.