Feb 21 - Virginia Proctor Powell Florence: A Life, A Legacy

Join the Oberlin Heritage Center on February 21 at 6:30 p.m. at Oberlin Public Library for a program about Oberlin College alumna Virginia Proctor Powell Florence, who was the second African American and the first African American woman to earn a professional degree in librarianship. Born in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania, Powell Florence graduated from high school in Pittsburgh and then followed her mother's footsteps to Oberlin College where she graduated in 1919. She then earned a Bachelor of Library Science degree from the Pittsburgh Carnegie Library School. Her 40-year career included positions in public libraries and schools in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Richmond, Virginia. During her lifetime she faced discrimination in her choice of studies and career opportunities and was active in Civil Rights organizations. Full Story

Feb 27, Mar 2, Mar 11 - Strategic Planning Public Forums

What kinds of history interest you? What historic resources or workshops would be useful to you? What roles can OHC play in making Oberlin a better community? Please join others at one of three public forums to share ideas for OHC’s next strategic plan. We want to hear how the organization is (or is not) serving you, what else we should try, and what we can do better. All are welcome and encouraged to attend - OHC members and non-members, youth and adults, long-time supporters and first-time participants, Oberlinians and regional residents. Each forum will last approximately 60-75 minutes and involve easy, open questions and conversation. Refreshments will be provided and attendees will be eligible for an Oberlin gift certificate. Please register for your selected date at bit.ly/3GwyZyw or by calling our office at 440-774-1700.  Full Story

Feb 19 - The Underground Railroad & Abolitionists of Northern Ohio (Bicentennial Speaker Series at LCHS)

Ohio was a significant part of the network of safe houses and hiding places that became known as the Underground Railroad. Lorain County, in particular, was important for a number of reasons. 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 once said to be second only to Canada as an asylum for freedom seekers. Learn about the historic decisions that shaped Oberlin’s growth as a station and highlight the individuals and events that marked Oberlin as one of the most active stations of the Underground Railroad. Stories will include Oberlin College’s acceptance of African American students, the famous ship Amistad, men who volunteered for John Brown’s violent raid on Harper’s Ferry, and local efforts to thwart slave catchers. Stephanie Bohnak, the Museum Education & Tour Manager at the Oberlin Heritage Center, will give this illustrated program via zoom on Sunday, February 19 at 3:00 PM. The program is free but registration is required. This event is presented by OHC as part of LCHS’s monthly speaker series to commemorate Lorain County’s Bicentennial. 

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Foiled Again! The Aluminum Mystery Experience
Year-Round House Tours at Oberlin Heritage Center
Oberlin Heritage Center Statement on Racism
Virtual Outreach Programs Available
Memberships Make Wonderful Gifts