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Summer / Fall 2019

All programs are FREE and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.  If reservations and or payments are needed, you will be linked to the online event calendar or call (440) 774-1700 or send an email to to request a registration form.


Community Programs / Activities


Jun - Aug (Saturdays; 11 a.m.) Freedom's Friends: Underground Railroad and Abolitionist History Walk

Prior to the Civil War, as many as 3,000 African Americans passed through or lived in Oberlin after escaping from slavery. Learn about Oberlin’s famous freedom seekers and those known to have helped them make their way to freedom on the Underground Railroad. History Walks take place every Saturday at 11:00 a.m. in June, July and August and reservations can be made on-line. Tour starting location: First Church of Oberlin.


Jun - Aug (Tuesday - Saturday; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.) Outdoor Games for All  

Stop by with family or friends to enjoy some old-fashioned games in our yard. Choose from classics like ring toss, jump rope, hoop and stick, and more. Games are available for FREE; just sign them out at the Monroe House.


June 14 & 15 (Friday and Saturday, various times) Juneteenth

Juneteenth commemorates the ending of slavery in the United States and is a community-wide celebration of culture and history. The Heritage Center will participate along with many other area organizations hosting booths along Tappan Square on Saturday. For more event details, visit


June 22 (Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) Chalk Walk

Observe or take part in Oberlin’s 14th annual Chalk Walk celebration, which continues the tradition of festive, colorful sidewalk painting that began in16th century Italy. All skill levels are welcome to work alongside master professional artists and local artists to create works of sidewalk art. High quality chalk is provided free. Stop by OHC’s table on South Main Street for a fun break! Learn more at Location: Downtown Oberlin. (Rain Date: Sunday, June 23).


July 2 (Tuesday, 9:00 a.m.) Field Trip to AgriNomix      

Join us for a visit to AgriNomix, North America's largest supplier of automation products and support services to the horticulture industry and based right here in Oberlin, Ohio! Our hosts will be Rob Lando, CEO, Jack Ford, VP Sales, and Joe Smith, VP Manufacturing. Guests will learn about the North American horticulture industry, automation products they use and the impact of the company to their industry.  See machine building in action during a tour of the facility. For a sneak peek of the company, which was founded in 1994, visit The tour will last 60 to 90 minutes and participants should expect to be on their feet much of the time. Reservations can be made on-line and your fee supports the programs and services of the Heritage Center. $8/OHC member; $12/non-OHC member.   


July and August (Three Select Weeks / Two Camps, Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) Summer Camp for Kids

July 8 - 12 Architecture Camp

Children love learning the basics of architecture in this hands-on camp. Together, we will tour Oberlin architecture inside and out, explore building materials, try construction challenges, sketch designs, create mini structures, and envision buildings of the future. Scouts attending this camp also complete some requirements for their architecture badges. Register Here.

August 5 - 9 Archaeology Camp

Open up your minds and get your hands dirty in this one-of-a-kind camp! The camp introduces the basics of archaeology and demonstrates how we can understand cultures of the past. Each week-long session will include an original archaeological investigation on OHC grounds, involving excavation, screening for artifacts, and preserving the artifacts for the future. Camp will conclude with mini displays created by campers to interpret their work and findings. Note: Both sessions of this camp will offer similar experiences, therefore each camper will only be able to attend one week of camp. Exceptions may be made depending on space availability.  Register Here.

August 12 - 16 Archaeology Camp

Same description as above. Note: Both sessions of this camp will offer similar experiences, therefore each camper will only be able to attend one week of camp. Exceptions may be made depending on space availability. Register Here.

The cost is $110 per child ($100 for children/grandchildren of OHC members). Register by June 8 to receive an "early bird" discount of $5 per child. Partial scholarships are available to those who qualify for schools' free or reduced lunch programs. Camp is taught by OHC Museum Education and Tour Coordinator Amanda Manahan. Location: Oberlin Depot 

Register on-line by clicking preferred date above, download a registration form, or by contacting Amanda Manahan at (440) 774-1700 or


July 16 (Tuesday, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.; doors open 5:30 p.m.) Vintage & Vintner

This annual midsummer gathering offers an opportunity to visit a Lorain County winery and enjoy the fruits of the earth, a splash of history, and good company. Guests will be greeted at Matus Winery by the smooth jazz guitar of musician Rich Holsworth. As the evening unfolds, winery owner Bob Matus will share some finer points about wine and OHC Executive Director Liz Schultz will present a 15-minute program about the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Each guest will receive tickets for two glasses of wine, and more will be available for purchase. Non-alcoholic refreshment and finger foods are provided, along with a fun array of items to be raffled. Cost: $30/person (21 and up). All proceeds benefit the Heritage Center’s Pat Murphy Endowment for Heritage Preservation. Advance reservations required and can be made on-line.

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July 19 (Friday 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.) Community Picnic & Concert

Bring your friends and family for dinner on Tappan Square! Lorenzo's, The Feve and Gee Gee's Kettle Korn all will be selling food. Music by Oberlin's own Soul Proprioters at 7:00 p.m. The Oberlin Heritage Center will have free historic yard games available for the young and young-at-heart. 


August 3 (Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.) Family Fun Fair

Oberlin's 27th Annual Family Fun Fair features free activities in downtown Oberlin for families with young children. New this year: OHC will be bringing its historic games and activities north to join the festivities in Tappan Square. We also have our regularly scheduled 11:00 a.m. Freedom's Friends Underground Railroad & Abolitionist History Walk this Saturday (Reserve on-line for the tour).


August 1 & 13 Local Activism, National Impact: Women's Suffrage in Oberlin

AmeriCorps/Ohio History Service Corps member Riley Thomas presents a free program on the Oberlinians who fought for women’s suffrage, working against discrimination on the basis of both race and sex. Drawing from newspaper accounts and historical records, this presentation takes a look at activism in a small town, and how it connected to the larger national movement and events leading up to Ohio’s ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1919, and the national ratification in 1920. This program will be offered on two nights:

August 1 (Thursday, 6:00 p.m.)  Location: Oberlin Public Library Community Room

August 13 (Tuesday, 7:15 p.m.)   Location: Kendal at Oberlin Heiser Auditorium


September 5-21 – Guest Exhibit "Mexican Icons of Our Lady of Guadalupe"

The Oberlin Heritage Center is excited to have The Museum of Hispanic and Latino Cultures return and install a special exhibit in OHC's Monroe House. This exhibit, which will overlap with National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15–October 15), highlights imagery of Our Lady of Guadalupe, one of the most significant figures of Catholicism and also known as patroness of the Americas. It includes a mini selection of statues, portraits, and other items featuring Our Lady of Guadalupe and addresses the symbolism in her portrayal, how she is tied to Mexico's religious and social history, and how she is celebrated today. View the exhibit as part of the Heritage Center’s Upstairs/Downstairs tours every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., or during 30 minute drop-in Sneak Peek tours. (Normal tour fees apply; visit www.oberlinheritagecenter for details.)


September 14 (Saturday, 1:00 p.m.) Parlor Chat: Our Lady of Guadalupe Special Exhibit

President of the Museum of Hispanic and Latino Cultures Guillermo Arriaga will give a free 45-60 minute parlor talk in the Monroe House about the “Our Lady of Guadalupe” special exhibit. Space is limited; reservations required and can be made on-line. The Museum of Hispanic and Latino Cultures is based in Lorain, Ohio and presents programs and traveling exhibits that document and interpret 18 countries through art and artifacts. To learn more, e-mail


September 8 (Sunday, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.) Root Beer and Yesteryear

Visitors of all ages can revel in free popcorn and root beer floats as they enjoy this fun afternoon of historical games, music, re-enactors, and exhibits on the Oberlin Heritage Center grounds. Why root beer? Oberlin was a "dry" town for most of its history, meaning you couldn't buy alcohol within city limits. Hold the day and watch for more details this fall!

  Root Beer Float Sponsor Event Co-Sponsor


September 14 and 28 (Saturdays; 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. by appointment) Scanning Saturdays

Do you want a high quality digital copy of your grandmother's high school graduation photo? Or maybe of a snapshot of your uncle when he was in the service? Or a slide from that vacation? From families, to parties, to pets, to homes, we want to help you preserve and share your special photographic memories. The Heritage Center has a high quality scanner that can scan items as large as 8½” by 11” and up to 4,800 dpi (dots per inch). There is also a larger scanner available for items up to 11” x 17” that can scan at 600 dpi. Participants can sign-up for a 30-minute slot either of these two Saturdays and bring up to 10 items to scan at $1 each ($.50 for OHC members). Participants are asked to bring a flash drive to take the copies home.

OHC will not keep copies of photographs or scans unless participants choose to let the museum keep a digital copy of any Oberlin-related materials for the archives and educational programs. While the scanner is moving, Collections Manager Maren McKee will be happy to share ideas for storing and labeling your photo collection. There are limited appointment slots, so reserve your place now by e-mailing Maren at Location: Monroe House.


September 21 (Saturday) Smithsonian Museum Day

For the 14th consecutive year, the Oberlin Heritage Center will participate in Smithsonian magazine’s Annual Museum Day. This year, to fit Museum Day’s theme of "Celebrate the Year of Music," the Heritage Center is offering a FREE "Music in the Home" tour at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. with the Museum Day Admission Card available at Click on the tour time to make your on-line reservation. Location: Monroe House.


October 11, 12, 13 (Various times) Every Good Story has a Plot

Enjoy a fascinating look at local history this Halloween season through a special tour of Westwood Cemetery. This program introduces new stories, along with some familiar ones, about early Oberlin citizens as told by costumed interpreters of the past. This year guests will meet business owners and trades people of days-gone-by. Tickets for the family-friendly (and non-frightening) one-hour guided stroll are $10 for adults and $5 for children ($8 adults/$4 children for OHC members). The event is recommended for ages 7 and up. Reservations are needed in advance / Click on the tour date & time to make your on-line reservation.

Friday, October 11 at 4 p.m.

Saturday, October 12 at 2 p.m.

Sunday, October 13 at 2 p.m.


October 18 (Friday 10:15 a.m.) AMAM in the AM

The Oberlin Heritage Center will be guest presenters for the Allen Memorial Art Museum's ongoing AMAM in the AM series. OHC will lead an outdoor history walk that fits the theme of the art museum's Black Atlantic exhibit. The tour will highlight historic events that reveal both Oberlin's progress and setbacks in race relations. More information will appear in a fall issue of the Heritage Center’s monthly E-Gazette. Tour start location: Allen Memorial Art Museum.


November 8-10 (Friday - Sunday; various times) Oberlin College Parents Weekend Tours

Oberlin College's Parents & Family Weekend is one of the Oberlin Heritage Center's last big tour weekends of the year. If you haven't yet experienced a guided history walk across neighborhoods surrounding downtown Oberlin or a Sneak Peek tour inside the Monroe House, this is your chance! Tours are open to the public as well as to campus visitors. Watch the OHC website or future issues of the monthly E-Gazette for more details about dates, times and fees.


November 15 (Friday, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.) Trivia Night (Doors Open at 5:30 p.m. )

Let’s get together for another family-friendly night of trivia! Round up a team of players – or come on your own – and test your knowledge of pop culture particulars, sports specifics, mythological mysteries, and more. There are always some Oberlin oddities thrown in, but there should be a question for everyone, including kids. See if you can de-throne the two-time reigning champions, the "Lighting Rods" of Oberlin’s Ben Franklin/Mindfair store. The evening includes food, side games, and plenty of fun! Advance registration is required. Watch for further details coming this fall on the Heritage Center’s website and in the monthly E-Gazette. Location: Fellowship Hall of The First Church in Oberlin, U.C.C.

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November 19 (Tuesday, 7:15 p.m.) From Milling to Manufacturing: The Modernization of Oberlin Industry

Oberlin Heritage Center Museum Education and Tour Coordinator Amanda Manahan offers a free public program on Oberlin’s industries from the early 20th century to today. In a continuation of the program “Gearing Up, Then Winding Down: A History of Oberlin Industry,” presented in fall of 2018, this program picks up where the last one left off – from the small mills of early Oberlin to the present modernized industries. The program includes selections from the Oberlin Heritage Center’s Oral History Collection. Location: Kendal at Oberlin’s Heiser Auditorium.


December 10 (Tuesday, 7:15 p.m.) Oberlin's Historic Links to Faith Healing

Historian Matthew Hintz presents an illustrated program about faith healing, a religious movement that was particularly prevalent in the late 1800s and early 1900s. He will highlight Oberlin residents connected to the movement and their impact on its regional organizational structure and revivals. Hintz, a native of Elyria, is finishing his doctoral studies at the University of North Carolina Greensboro next year. He received a Frederick B. Artz Summer Scholar Research Grant to do research at the Oberlin College Archives in 2017. Hintz presented another program, "Religiosity and Reform," for the Heritage Center in 2013. Location: Kendal at Oberlin's Heiser Auditorium.



Summer History Walks

As warm weather returns to northeast Ohio, so do the Oberlin Heritage Center’s popular outdoor history walks. All ages can enjoy time outside and learn more about Oberlin’s unique history and architecture through these fun learning opportunities. Remember, OHC members enjoy FREE guided tours and history walks!

Freedom’s Friends History Walk: Underground Railroad & Abolitionist History Walk: Prior to the Civil War, as many as 3,000 African Americans passed through or lived in Oberlin after escaping from slavery. Learn about Oberlin’s famous freedom seekers and those known to have helped them make their way to freedom on the Underground Railroad.

Saturdays at 11:00 a.m. in June, July and August. Tour starts at the First Church of Oberlin

June July  August
6/1 7/6 8/3
6/8 7/13 8/10
6/15 7/20 8/17
6/22 7/27 8/24
6/29   8/31


Volunteer Opportunities

Docent Training

Training is free and begins at the Monroe House; arrange to take a free tour in advance to see what it’s all about. To register for training or reserve a free advance tour, call (440) 774-1700 or e-mail Volunteers are asked to commit to leading at least four tours or history walks per year.

Upstairs / Downstairs Guided Tour: Small Town, Big Stories

October 3 (Thursday, 5:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.)

Learn how to present an engaging 75-minute tour through the Heritage Center’s three historic buildings while sharing stories of the community and college in its first century, from the 1833 founding through the turn of the 20th century. Register by September 25.


OHC Information Tent

Volunteers are needed for two-hour shifts to staff the Heritage Center’s welcome/ literature table for the following community events:

  • Juneteenth (Saturday, June 15)
  • Chalk Walk (Saturday, June 22)
  • Family Fun Fair (Saturday, August 3)

Contact Amanda Manahan at (440) 774-1700 or to receive more information and sign up!



Ongoing Guided Tours

  • Upstairs / Downstairs Tour – Small Town, Big Stories – Every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The Heritage Center’s three beautifully preserved historic buildings serve as backdrop for stories of Oberlin’s nationally significant history, from its founding in 1833 through its first century of progress. 75 minutes. $6/adults; free to OHC members, children and college students. Advance reservations encouraged; walk-ins welcome, too.

  • Sneak Peek – Oberlin Origins Mini-Tour – You’ll hit all the highlights of Oberlin’s first 100 years in this 30-minute guided tour of the first floor of the Monroe House. Offered Tuesday through Saturday between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Drop-ins welcome, although advance notice appreciated (440-774-1700). $3/adults; free to OHC members, children and college students.


Self-Guided Tablet Tours

Move at your own pace with our tablet tours of historic Oberlin! Borrow an iPad at the Monroe House between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays and explore Oberlin landmarks, stories, and historic images. Stop in, e-mail (, or call ahead (440-774-1700) to rent a tablet. The fee is $5/hour or $20/day; 20% discount for OHC members.

  • Freedom's Friends This tour is a self-guided version of the popular Freedom's Friends History Walk. The tour leads you to local landmarks connected to Oberlin's abolitionist history. Be inspired by the illustrated stories of sacrifice and freedom and learn more from added stories not included in the History Walk.

  • Picture the Past: Downtown Oberlin This tour covers a one-block radius extending from the corner of Main & College Streets. Filled with fun facts, historic photographs, and more!