Summer 2022 History Walks
OHC is delighted to announce its 2022 History Walk schedule!
OHC will be mixing things up with a uniquely-themed history walk each month, May through September.
All history walks will be scheduled on Saturdays at 11:00am, unless noted otherwise.
History walks start at various locations around town, so please check our website or ask for more details when you register.
Please note that because history walks take place outdoors, with little or no indoor stops, they may be canceled if there is inclement weather at the tour start time. Registrants will be refunded their tour fees in the event of a canceled history walk.
Masks are optional for visitors and tour guides.
Advance registration is recommended as there is limited capacity for each tour. Participants can register online or by calling 440-774-1700.
History Walk Fees: $6/adult; children/students/members: Free.
Please keep an eye on our website as additional history walks are scheduled throughout the season.
Current & Upcoming History Walks
May - Architecture Walk
Find out how the landscape, college campus, and town developed over its 180+ years on this 75-minute walking tour of Oberlin. Learn which architectural styles prevailed, which were criticized by the community, and how several renowned architects came to work in Oberlin. Note: this tour begins at the Flagpole on Tappan Square at the corner of College and Main Sts.
Click on a date to register: May 7, May 21, May 28 (Please note that this walk will not be offered on May 14.)
June - Freedom's Friends: Abolition and the Underground Railroad
Hear stories about Oberlin’s most famous freedom seekers and people known to have helped them make their way to freedom. Note: this tour begins near the front steps of First Church (106 N. Main Street; Oberlin) at the northwest corner of Main Street (Route 58) and Lorain Street (Route 511).
Click on a date to register: June 4, June 11, June 18, June 25
July - Civil War to Civil Rights
This 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. Note: this tour begins near the front steps of First Church (106 N. Main Street; Oberlin) at the northwest corner of Main Street (Route 58) and Lorain Street (Route 511).
Click on a date to register: July 2, July 9, July 16, July 23, July 30
August - One Step More: Oberlin Women's History
In 1834, John J. Shipherd pledged Oberlin’s commitment to “the elevation of female character” through education. Little did he know, there was dynamite in that promise, and women carried the matches. Hear stories of powerful Oberlin women including Lucy Stone, Marianne Parker Dascomb, Adelia Field Johnston, Mary Church Terrell, and Lucy Stanton Day, and learn how they used Shipherd’s promise to shape what it meant to be a woman in Oberlin and in the United States. Note: this tour begins at the Flagpole on Tappan Square at the corner of College and Main Sts.
Click on a date to register: August 6, August 13, August 20, August 27
September - Radicals and Reformers (Westwood Cemetery)
This guided tour promises a pleasing balance of Westwood's scenic landmarks and stories of some of the many spirited men and women of Oberlin who simply refused the status quo. Find out which resident was remembered as "gentle, soft-spoken, tolerant and yet nobody's fool." Visit the headstone of the man who escaped from slavery (twice!) and later served on the Oberlin village council. Note: this tour begins at the front of Westwood Cemetery (Morgan St.).
Click on a date to register: September 3, September 10, September 17, September 24