Nov. 4-6: Parents Weekend Tour Offerings

Oberlin Heritage Center
2022 Parents & Family Weekend Schedule


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4 and SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5
10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Self-Guided Tour: Oberlin Origins
OBERLIN HERITAGE CENTER’S MONROE HOUSE (SOUTH SIDE OF CONSERVATORY PARKING LOT/BEHIND THE KOHL BUILDING)

Move at your own pace through the 1866 Monroe House, exploring stories that outline Oberlin’s founding, the college’s promise of co-education, the community’s commitment to abolition, and more. Tour is accessed through a provided tablet.

Cost: $3/adult; free for students and children. Call 440-774-1700 for more information.

 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4
3:00-4:30 p.m. Tour: Civil War to Civil Rights History Walk
MEET ON THE FRONT STEPS OF FIRST CHURCH, CORNER OF MAIN AND LORAIN STREETS (RT. 58 AND RT. 511)

This 90-minute tour highlights historic events that reveal both Oberlin's progress and setbacks in race relations dating from early Oberlin all the way up to the 21st Century. Learn how Oberlin was a leader in abolition, participating heavily in events such as the Oberlin-Wellington Rescue, the Raid on Harpers Ferry, and the American Civil War, but also struggled with its own issues of equality and racism during these early years and later through Reconstruction, Jim Crow, Civil Rights, and today.

$6/adult; free for students and children. Advance registration is required and space is limited to 30 participants. Call 440-774-1700 or visit www.oberlinheritagecenter.org to register. In case of rain, the tour will be cancelled and fees refunded.

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5 

10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Tour: Freedom’s Friends History Walk
MEET ON THE FRONT STEPS OF FIRST CHURCH, CORNER OF MAIN AND LORAIN STREETS (RT. 58 AND RT. 511)

Prior to the Civil War, as many as 3,000 African Americans passed through or lived in Oberlin after escaping from slavery. The town was said to be second only to Canada as an asylum for freedom seekers. Guests on this history walk are guided by a docent from the Oberlin Heritage Center who discusses the historic decisions that shaped Oberlin’s growth as a station on the Underground Railroad and the individuals and events that marked Oberlin as one of the most active stations. Hear stories about Oberlin’s most famous freedom seekers and people known to have helped them make their way to freedom on this 90-minute neighborhood walking tour.

$6/adult; free for students and children. Advance registration is required and space is limited to 40 participants. Call 440-774-1700 or visit www.oberlinheritagecenter.org to register. In case of rain, the tour will be cancelled and fees refunded.

 

1:30-2:45 p.m. Tour: Architecture Tour
MEET AT THE FLAGPOLES IN THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF TAPPAN SQUARE, AT THE INTERSECTION OF MAIN (RT. 58) AND COLLEGE STREETS.

Enjoy a leisurely stroll on this 1 hour-long tour which explores Oberlin’s architecture with a focus on such individuals as Walter Blythe, Cass Gilbert, and Minoru Yamasaki. This walk provides an opportunity to view an array of historic buildings that feature various styles including Gothic Modernist, Neo-Classical Revival, Romanesque, Late Victorian, and Queen Anne Revival.

$6/adult; free for students and children. Advance registration is required, and space is limited to 20 participants. Call 440-774-1700 or visit www.oberlinheritagecenter.org to register. In case of rain, the tour will be cancelled and fees refunded.

 

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6
1:30-2:45 p.m. Tour: Freedom’s Friends History Walk
MEET ON THE FRONT STEPS OF FIRST CHURCH, CORNER OF MAIN AND LORAIN STREETS (RT. 58 AND RT. 511)

Prior to the Civil War, as many as 3,000 African Americans passed through or lived in Oberlin after escaping from slavery. The town was said to be second only to Canada as an asylum for freedom seekers. Guests on this history walk are guided by a docent from the Oberlin Heritage Center who discusses the historic decisions that shaped Oberlin’s growth as a station on the Underground Railroad and the individuals and events that marked Oberlin as one of the most active stations. Hear stories about Oberlin’s most famous freedom seekers and people known to have helped them make their way to freedom on this 90-minute neighborhood walking tour.

$6/adult; free for students and children. Advance registration is required and space is limited to 40 participants. Call 440-774-1700 or visit www.oberlinheritagecenter.org to register. In case of rain, the tour will be cancelled and fees refunded.