2nd Saturdays in Oberlin (Community Event)

June 12 / July 10 / August 14 (Saturdays) - 2nd Saturdays in Oberlin

This is an Oberlin Community event that the Oberlin Heritage Center is participating in during Summer 2021.

The Oberlin Business Partnership is initiating a return to a ‘happening downtown’ with the introduction of 2nd Saturdays in Oberlin. On the 2nd Saturday of June, July and August, Oberlin will be ‘alive’ with things happening all around downtown. 

The Oberlin Heritage Center will be participating with various tours and events:

 

June 12

11:00 a.m. - Freedom's Friends: Abolition and the Underground Railroad History Walk

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). This tour is offered every Saturday at 11:00 a.m. during the month of June. Advance registration is recommended as there is limited capacity for each tour. Participants can register online or by calling 440-774-1700. Adults: $6; Free for children/students/members.

1:00 - 3:00 p.m. -  Historic Games along the Vineway Greenspace (82 S. Main Street)

We'll have stilts, graces, hoop & stick, ring toss, chalk, jump ropes, and more to keep all ages entertained. 

2:00 p.m. - Scholars & Settlers History Walk

Learn about the earliest residents of Oberlin and hear fascinating stories of the triumphs, debates, and scandals linked to the landmarks around Tappan Square. Compare the buildings of today to the buildings of yesteryear using historic photographs and walk away with a lively appreciation of Oberlin's unique heritage. Whether you've lived in Oberlin forever or are new to the area, you'll find much to enjoy. Note: this tour begins at the Flagpole on Tappan Square at the corner of College and Main Sts. This tour is offered every Saturday at 2:00 p.m. during the month of June. Advance registration is recommended as there is limited capacity for each tour. Participants can register online or by calling 440-774-1700. Adults: $6; Free for children/students/members.

 

July 10

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Befriend a Beekeeper, Please a Pollinator

Randy and Brenda Leiby will be stationed on the greenspace near the Oberlin Heritage Center's kiosk on S. Main Street (just south of the Post Office). They will have information regarding local beekeepers, Wellington's designation as a Bee City USA, and honey production. The Leibys will also have a secure observation hive to show off some of their winged friends. After visiting with these vital pollinators, follow the path down to the Oberlin Heritage Center's museum campus, where you can see an essential part of a bee's diet: flowers! An Oberlin Heritage Center staff member will be stationed by the new pollinator garden beds to chat about what natives are planted in the garden and why these plants are so important to many types of insects and animals. 
 

11:00 a.m. - Civil War to Civil Rights History Walk

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). This tour is offered every Saturday at 11:00 a.m. during the month of July. Advance registration is recommended as there is limited capacity for each tour. Participants can register online or by calling 440-774-1700. Adults: $6; Free for children/students/members.

1:00 - 3:00 p.m. -  Historic Games along the Vineway Greenspace (82 S. Main Street)

We'll have stilts, graces, hoop & stick, ring toss, chalk, jump ropes, and more to keep all ages entertained.

 

August 14

11:00 a.m. - One Step More: Oberlin Women's History Walk

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. This tour is offered every Saturday at 11:00 a.m. during the month of August. Advance registration is recommended as there is limited capacity for each tour. Participants can register online or by calling 440-774-1700. Adults: $6; Free for children/students/members.

1:00 - 3:00 p.m. -  Historic Games along the Vineway Greenspace (82 S. Main Street)

We'll have stilts, graces, hoop & stick, ring toss, chalk, jump ropes, and more to keep all ages entertained.

 

Stay tuned to OBP's Facebook Page to be updated about each month’s activities and to learn more about what is going on in the Oberlin Community and visit their information table at Northwest Bank (49 S. Main Street) on Saturday, June 12th to learn more about 2nd Saturdays and to participate in the White Squirrel Scavenger Hunt. https://www.facebook.com/OberlinBusinessPartnership