Awards & Accomplishments
The Oberlin Heritage Center is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. It is also a National Trust for Historic Preservation organizational member, a Preserve America Steward, and part of the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom (designated by the National Park Service).
Recent Awards & Accomplishments of the Oberlin Heritage Center:
- Individual Achievement Award to Board President Gail Wood from the Ohio Local History Alliance (OLHA).
- The Oberlin Heritage Center was reaccredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the highest national recognition afforded the nation's museums.
- The Heritage Center’s project Benchmarking Best Practices for Self-Guided Tours in Historic House Museums received an Ohio History Fund grant as well as a grant from Ohio Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
History Outreach Excellence Award from the Ohio Local History Alliance (OLHA) for the oral history based publication "Bonnets to Boardrooms: Women's Stories from a Historic College Town."
Individual Achievement Award to Past Board President Walt Edling from the Ohio Local History Alliance (OLHA).
The Oberlin Heritage Center celebrated 20 years of leadership by Executive Director Pat Murphy and Assistant to the Director Mary Anne Cunningham. It also celebrated the 110th anniversary of the Oberlin Village Improvement Society, the ancestral organization of the Oberlin Heritage Center. The program of the September 8, 2013 Anniversary Celebration lists many organizational achievements and milestones.
History Outreach Excellence Award from the Ohio Local History Alliance (OLHA) for the history comic "Oberlin: Origins and Onward"
Visual Communication Award from the Ohio Museum Association for the history comic "Oberlin: Origins and Onward
Historical Outreach Excellence Award from the Ohio Local History Alliance (OLHA) for the Oberlin Heritage Center's Summer Camps for Kids programs
Standards of Excellence Certification from the Ohio Association of Nonprofit Organizations (OANO). First museum and historical society in Ohio and first non-profit in Lorain County.
History Outreach Excellence Award from the Ohio Association of Historical Societies and Museums (OAHSM) for Morgan Street Bridge Project Restoration.
Chemical Breakthrough Award from the American Chemical Society's Division of the History of Chemistry.
Preserve America Steward designation from the United States Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.
Individual Achievement Awards from OAHSM for Mary Anne Cunningham, Assistant to the Director, and Prue Richards, Collections Assistant.
Outstanding Individual Achievement Awards from OAHSM for Pat and Dick Holsworth, Oberlin Heritage Center Financial Assistant and volunteer.
Oberlin Heritage Center selected as part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Partner Places program.
Pat Murphy named Oberlinian of the Year by the Oberlin News-Tribune.
For a more complete list of awards, please see our Fact Sheet.
Awards Granted by the Oberlin Heritage Center:
The Oberlin Heritage Center’s Community Awards are presented at the Annual Meeting. 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.
Award categories include:
- Community Historian
- Heritage Guardian
- Oberlin Heritage Center Volunteer of the Year
- Community Teacher of the Year
- History Teacher of the Year
- Keep Oberlin Beautiful
- Business Leader Service
- Youth Community Service.
For more information and a list of past recipients, see the most recent Community Awards nomination brochure and past Annual Reports.