Oberlin Heritage Center

Oberlin Heritage Center The Oberlin Heritage Center is an accredited complex of historic sites, a historical society and historic preservation organization that offers educational programs, tours, kids activities and workshops.

The Oberlin Heritage Center is an accredited complex of historic sites, a historical society and historic preservation organization that offers educational programs, tours, kids activities and workshops. Guided tours every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. (visitors must be accompanied by a guide) 30-minute Sneak-Peek tours drop-in hours Tuesday-Saturday 10am-3pm Seasonal History Walks Group tours available year-round

Don't forget that the Oberlin Heritage Center has FREE old-fashioned games for the whole family to enjoy! Visit us anyti...
07/08/2019

Don't forget that the Oberlin Heritage Center has FREE old-fashioned games for the whole family to enjoy! Visit us anytime from 10AM-3PM Tuesday-Saturday to sign out games like hoop and stick, ring toss, and more!

Next week is Vintage & Vintner, OHC's midsummer event that combines history and wine! Join us at Matus Winery to learn a...
07/06/2019

Next week is Vintage & Vintner, OHC's midsummer event that combines history and wine! Join us at Matus Winery to learn about wine, celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing with a presentation from Executive Director Liz Schultz, and of course taste some wine and treats as well! All revenue from the event supports the Pat Murphy Endowment for Heritage Preservation.

This month, we will be sharing stories about Oberlin's global connections! First up, a little bit of history - Oberlin w...
07/06/2019

This month, we will be sharing stories about Oberlin's global connections! First up, a little bit of history - Oberlin was named after Jean-Frédéric Oberlin, a pastor who revitalized the remote village of Waldbach in France. He was an inspiration for pastors John Jay Shipherd and Philo P. Stewart who had set out to create a Christian perfectionist colony in founding Oberlin. Both in the United States, and around the world, Oberlin and Oberlin College have served as inspirations for towns and universities, often founded by previous residents or alumni. For a sampling, take a look at the infographic!

This postcard dates to 1937 and it features one of the first photographs ever of Oberlin College, taken in 1860. The ima...
07/05/2019

This postcard dates to 1937 and it features one of the first photographs ever of Oberlin College, taken in 1860. The image shows Tappan Square, Old College Chapel, and Tappan Hall. The postcard was released for Oberlin College's Centenniel of Coeducation celebration.

Gift of James R. Schaffer
#PhotoFriday

The July E-Gazette is now available! Check it out for more information about upcoming events, volunteer opportunites, an...
07/04/2019

The July E-Gazette is now available! Check it out for more information about upcoming events, volunteer opportunites, and to learn more about cupolas - a unique feature of Italianate-style homes: http://bit.ly/July2019EGazette

Photo: Collections Manager Maren McKee (left) and volunteers Wes and John move a chest donated by the Hubbards to the student study in the Jewett House. More details inside the E-Gazette!

The Oberlin Heritage Center is closed today in observance of Independence Day. We hope everyone enjoys the holiday!
07/04/2019

The Oberlin Heritage Center is closed today in observance of Independence Day. We hope everyone enjoys the holiday!

July 20, 2019 will be the 50th Anniversary of the landing on the moon! Do you have a memory of the moon landing or early...
07/03/2019
Moon Memories

July 20, 2019 will be the 50th Anniversary of the landing on the moon! Do you have a memory of the moon landing or early space missions? Take a few minutes to share your memories with OHC and future generations! Click the link to be taken to a Google Form.

2019 is the 50th Anniversary of the moon landing! The Apollo 11 mission launched on July 16, 1969 and on July 20 the lunar module "Eagle" carrying Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed, leaving Michael Collins in orbit. Near 11:00 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time), Armstrong touched foot on the surface o...

07/01/2019

The Oberlin Heritage Center will be closed this Thursday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day. 🇺🇸

Frederick Artz (1894-1983) was a professor of courses in European intellectual history at Oberlin College from 1924 to 1...
06/29/2019

Frederick Artz (1894-1983) was a professor of courses in European intellectual history at Oberlin College from 1924 to 1961. Although he was never officially “out”, he was gossiped about in the 1930s and by the 1950s, it was widely accepted that he was gay. He cohabited with OC psychology professor Raymond Stetson for twenty-six years, until Stetson’s death. Artz was regarded highly academically, but he was also respected among the fledgling gay community at the time for which he held a “tea” group to discuss gay literature and current events, as well as providing boarding space for gay students. He was considered a “classic queen” for his flamboyance, mannerisms, and “intellectual preening.” A large collection of his belongings including rare books, maps, manuscripts, and furniture can be found at the Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College Library, and at the Oberlin Heritage Center. One of these items is the Stetson quilt, which dates to the 1830s and was used regularly by Stetson and Artz. The wear on the quilt shows where Stetson sat every morning and evening getting in and out of bed.

This annual midsummer gathering offers an opportunity to visit Matus Winery and enjoy the fruits of the earth, a splash ...
06/26/2019

This annual midsummer gathering offers an opportunity to visit Matus Winery and enjoy the fruits of the earth, a splash of history, and good company. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with guests greeted by the smooth jazz guitar of musician Rich Holsworth. Winery owner Bob Matus will share some finer points about wine followed by OHC Executive Director Liz Schultz who will present a 15-minute program about the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 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 will be provided, along with a fun array of items to be raffled. The cost is $30/person, ages 21+. Register in advance at https://secure.oberlinheritage.org/events.shtml?details=NDY5MQ== or call (440)774-1700.

Can you guess what this tool is? #WhatIsItWednesday
06/26/2019

Can you guess what this tool is? #WhatIsItWednesday

It's never too early to start thinking ahead to fall - and OHC needs volunteers then! We are looking for volunteers to b...
06/25/2019

It's never too early to start thinking ahead to fall - and OHC needs volunteers then! We are looking for volunteers to be B&B hosts from August 25-28 to welcome Oberlin College freshmen and their families for orientation. Contact OHC Board President Gail Wood at [email protected] if you are interested. We are also seeking actors for our October cemetery program - Every Good Story Has A Plot - where we will be interpreting business owners of Oberlin's past! Prior experience is not necessary. Email Amanda at [email protected] for more information.

Edmonia Lewis (c.1844-1907) was a famous sculptor who attended Oberlin College in the 1860s. She was of mixed Afro-Haiti...
06/22/2019

Edmonia Lewis (c.1844-1907) was a famous sculptor who attended Oberlin College in the 1860s. She was of mixed Afro-Haitian and Mississauga Ojibwe heritage, and the first Black and Native artist to achieve international fame. After experiencing racial discrimination at Oberlin College, Lewis left to pursue her love of sculpting in Boston, before moving abroad to study in Europe. She became a renowned sculptor working in Rome and taking commissions from wealthy patrons, selling her art for thousands of dollars. Her breadth of work included portrait busts but also mythological and religious figures and stories that explored her Indigenous and Black ancestry and the struggles she faced as a woman of color. Although not confirmed, many historians speculate that Lewis may have been a lesbian, due to the fact she never married and that she spent much of her time in Rome befriending a group of artist women who were known to have same-sex relationships and dress in masculine attire. One of her most famous works was the Death of Cleopatra (pictured), which she completed in 1876. It is now housed at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Happy first day of summer! Now that the weather is nice, it is a perfect time for biking. On this #PhotoFriday, we're sh...
06/21/2019

Happy first day of summer! Now that the weather is nice, it is a perfect time for biking. On this #PhotoFriday, we're sharing a picture of Oberlin's Track Team from 1898! At this time, bicycle races were a part of track events. Roy Engel - on the far right, holding his bicycle - tied for first place in his event, the 1-mile race, with a time of 2 minutes 24 seconds.

We are thrilled to welcome Jennifer Gallagher to the Oberlin Heritage Center as our Summer College Intern! Jennifer is f...
06/20/2019

We are thrilled to welcome Jennifer Gallagher to the Oberlin Heritage Center as our Summer College Intern!

Jennifer is from Conneaut Ohio, making her well acquainted with the deep ties that the state has with our nation’s history. She is an art history major going into her junior year at Oberlin College. During the summer she will be helping out with tours and camps as well as adding to some of the research on the OHC website. She’s excited to help bring Oberlin history to life!

We hope everyone had a great time this past weekend at all the Juneteenth festivities! Thank you to our volunteers who h...
06/19/2019

We hope everyone had a great time this past weekend at all the Juneteenth festivities! Thank you to our volunteers who helped out at our booth, and thank you to everyone who stopped by!

Observe or take part in Oberlin’s 14th annual Chalk Walk celebration this weekend, which continues the tradition of fe...
06/18/2019

Observe or take part in Oberlin’s 14th annual Chalk Walk celebration this weekend, which continues the tradition of festive, colorful sidewalk painting that began in 16th 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 for free. Stop by OHC’s table on South Main Street for a fun break! Learn more at www.oberlinchalkwalk.com.

One hundred years ago on this day - June 16, 1919 - Ohio became the fifth state to ratify the 19th Amendment, which gran...
06/16/2019

One hundred years ago on this day - June 16, 1919 - Ohio became the fifth state to ratify the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. Today, we remember the Oberlinians who fought for this right, including Lucy Stone, Mary Church Terrell, Mary Burnett Talbert, Doris Stevens, Anna Julia Cooper, and the many more who advocated for women both locally and nationally.

In the 20th century, gay social circles at Oberlin College existed, but depending on the decade, one had to know where t...
06/15/2019

In the 20th century, gay social circles at Oberlin College existed, but depending on the decade, one had to know where to look to find them. For students that found other LGBT students, these social circles made for a more positive experience at the college. Others commented on the isolation they felt, unable to find others like them as the circles were largely underground. One of the biggest gay social circles was Oberlin College’s Conservatory of Music, which was well-known to attract gay men to the department. Within their social spheres, they began to pass down living space on the top floor of Burton hall from gay Conservatory student to gay Conservatory student known as the “Throne Room”. Among women in the 1970s, the Women’s Collective emerged (1972). This all-women’s housing was not entirely composed of lesbian and bisexual women, however it did attract them. After the 1969 Stonewall Riots, LGBT Oberlin College students did begin to organize in more public, political organizations in contrast to the “camp” of the Conservatory students. Just a few of these organizations include The Oberlin College Gay Liberation (1971), the Oberlin College Gay Union (now known as the Lambda Union), Lesbians Be Loud (1988), and ZAMI (1989).

June is National Cat Month! In celebration, we're sharing this photo of of a local cat peeking out from underneath a hou...
06/14/2019

June is National Cat Month! In celebration, we're sharing this photo of of a local cat peeking out from underneath a house. The photo is simply titled "The Blind Cat" #PhotoFriday

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Gift of Bert Locke.

The Oberlin Heritage Center is a member of the Time Travelers Network! What does this mean for you? It means if you are ...
06/13/2019

The Oberlin Heritage Center is a member of the Time Travelers Network! What does this mean for you? It means if you are a member of OHC, you can get discounts at over 300 museums around the country! For a list of other museum participants and information on how to become a member visit http://www.oberlinheritagecenter.org/getinvolved/join

What do you think this is? #WhatIsItWednesday Hint: You can find it in the Gentleman's Bedroom of the Monroe House
06/12/2019

What do you think this is? #WhatIsItWednesday Hint: You can find it in the Gentleman's Bedroom of the Monroe House

Oberlin's Juneteenth Celebration is next weekend! Come commemorate the end of slavery on June 15th with festivites on Ta...
06/10/2019

Oberlin's Juneteenth Celebration is next weekend! Come commemorate the end of slavery on June 15th with festivites on Tappan Square and throughout Oberlin. This year's theme is "Children Are Our Blessing." The Oberlin Heritage Center will have a booth on Tappan Square all day, so make sure to stop by and learn about Oberlin's important history! Visit https://juneteenthoberlin2.wixsite.com/oberlin for more event details.

In 1978, a WomanPoll was conducted nationwide, which included a question regarding “a homosexual’s right to work.”...
06/08/2019

In 1978, a WomanPoll was conducted nationwide, which included a question regarding “a homosexual’s right to work.” In the Elyria Chronicle Telegram, voices on both sides from around Lorain County were quoted. According to the article, 80% of college-aged women nationwide believed that gay men and women deserved the same right to work as their heterosexual counterparts. One woman from Oberlin College was quoted as saying: “Everybody should have the same opportunity to be employed. There should be no form of discrimination for sexual preference. When you interview someone for a job, you don’t ask about their sexual preference. It can’t stand in the way of doing a good job.”

Did you know June is LGBT Pride Month? To celebrate, we will be featuring a number of Oberlin LGBT history posts on soci...
06/08/2019

Did you know June is LGBT Pride Month? To celebrate, we will be featuring a number of Oberlin LGBT history posts on social media. To learn even more, check out our new kiosk display on South Main!

The last day to get the early bird discount for OHC's summer camps is this Saturday, June 8th! Register now for Architec...
06/06/2019

The last day to get the early bird discount for OHC's summer camps is this Saturday, June 8th! Register now for Architecture Camp (July 8-12) or one of two Archaeology Camp weeks (August 5-9 OR August 12-16). Camps are open to all children ages 8-13. For more information and to register online, visit bit.ly/OHCSummerCamp2019.

With summer just around the corner, volunteers become more valuable than ever! Consider signing up to help us with one o...
06/05/2019

With summer just around the corner, volunteers become more valuable than ever! Consider signing up to help us with one of several upcoming events like Juneteenth (6/15), Chalk Walk (6/22), and Family Fun Fair (8/3) or get trained to become a docent! If you are interested contact Museum Education and Tour Coordinator Amanda Manahan at [email protected].

Start your summer off right with the June E-Gazette! Check it out to learn more about E-Tours available for free right f...
06/03/2019

Start your summer off right with the June E-Gazette! Check it out to learn more about E-Tours available for free right from your phone, upcoming events (did someone say wine?), and a History Minute about the old Oberlin School of Commerce! To read online: bit.ly/June2019EGazette
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Image: Hand-colored postcard of the Oberlin Business College c. 1916. Gift of Mildred Haines

Oberlin Heritage Center members had a great time touring the Eric Baker Nord Performing Art Annex, Hall Auditorium, and ...
06/01/2019

Oberlin Heritage Center members had a great time touring the Eric Baker Nord Performing Art Annex, Hall Auditorium, and Hall Annex! If you're interested in more opportunities like this, plus other perks like free house tours and discounts (such as on our AgriNomix Field Trip on July 2nd), consider becoming a member! Visit http://www.oberlinheritagecenter.org/getinvolved/join for more information and to join!

Don't forget to register for Youth Summer Camps by June 8th, for an Early Bird discount! This summer, there will be two ...
05/31/2019

Don't forget to register for Youth Summer Camps by June 8th, for an Early Bird discount! This summer, there will be two camps offered for children ages 8-13: Architecture Camp (July 8-12) and Archaeology Camp (August 5-9 or August 12-16). For more information and to register online: bit.ly/OHCSummerCamp2019.

The Oberlin Heritage Center is tremendously pleased to announce once again that we have been chosen as a host site for a...
05/30/2019

The Oberlin Heritage Center is tremendously pleased to announce once again that we have been chosen as a host site for an Ohio History Service Corps/AmeriCorps member for the 2019-2020 program year. The selected participant will work part-time on projects at the Oberlin Heritage Center and part-time assisting other history organizations in the region. The program year runs from September 18, 2019 through August 31, 2020. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and a college graduate.

This program is managed by the Ohio History Connection in Columbus. In order to be considered for the position, all prospective members must apply through the My AmeriCorps website: https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=46593&fromSearch=true

Applications are due August 15, but apply early because reviews and interviews begin immediately!

The Observations section of old newspapers always have some witty, interesting, or just plain absurd reports. They're so...
05/30/2019

The Observations section of old newspapers always have some witty, interesting, or just plain absurd reports. They're somewhat like the Twitter of the past. Check out this compilation of some of Oberlin newspapers' "Best of" Observations.
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Hornets are getting rantankerous. (Oberlin Weekly News, 5/14/1874)

Our dentists report that most of the teeth in town are ripe to pull. (Oberlin News, 12/18/1873)

The latest fashion in town, is for young ladies to take wheelbarrows with them for choir meetings. As an escort, wheelbarrows are not specially talkative, but they are often musical, and always rather loving. (Oberlin News, 12/18/1873)

The first grasshopper has reported. He says more will be here soon. (Oberlin Weekly News, 7/16/1874)

Eggs are so cheap that hens are seriously thinking of getting up a strike until they are better appreciated. (Oberlin Weekly News, 5/25/1876)

The persons who stole a well-hook from a certain man in town, are requested to call and take away the well, as it is no possible use to the present owner, without the hook. When men steal they should steal well, or not at all. (Oberlin News, 12/11/1873)

There is a lady who did'nt [sic] have a turkey dinner on Christmas, but her dog did. (Oberlin News, 1/1/1874)

The comet is anxious to bump heads with the earth, but our astronomer says it can't com-it this time. (Oberlin Weekly News, 7/16/1874)

Plum creek like the rest of us has its ups and downs. It was up last week. (Oberlin Weekly News, 5/25/1876).

This Saturday, June 1st, AmeriCorps member Riley Thomas will present "Fighting the Battle on Two Fronts: Black Women's S...
05/29/2019

This Saturday, June 1st, AmeriCorps member Riley Thomas will present "Fighting the Battle on Two Fronts: Black Women's Suffrage in Oberlin & Beyond." This program is a part of the Oberlin African American Geneaology & History Group's monthly speaker series and takes place at Oberlin Public Library at 11AM.

What could this be? #WhatIsItWednesday
05/29/2019

What could this be? #WhatIsItWednesday

Thank you to all who joined us for Commencement and Reunion Weekend tours - and a big thank you to the volunteers who he...
05/28/2019

Thank you to all who joined us for Commencement and Reunion Weekend tours - and a big thank you to the volunteers who helped out! We hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.

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73 1/2 South Professor St
Oberlin, OH
44074

Parking lot is located at 20 West Vine Street

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Tuesday 10:00 - 15:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 15:00
Thursday 10:00 - 15:00
Friday 10:00 - 15:00
Saturday 10:00 - 15:00

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(440) 774-1700

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