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.
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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

Today is the 404th anniversary of the death of celebrated playwright and poet William Shakespeare. Over 100 years ago, a...
04/23/2020

Today is the 404th anniversary of the death of celebrated playwright and poet William Shakespeare. Over 100 years ago, a pageant performed by six hundred pupils of the Oberlin public schools was presented in Tappan Square commemorating the 300th Anniversary of the death of Shakespeare. The May 24th newspaper reported that the pageant, twice canceled by rain, would be on Wednesday. The paper noted that the weather had been indifferent to the "anniversary of the great man." Shared by Alice C. Shaver for the Our Common Center Project. Covered in the Oberlin News, May 17, 1916 and May 24, 1916.

Margaret Sperry was 14 years old when the Spanish Flu swept through the United States. She recorded her family’s experie...
04/22/2020

Margaret Sperry was 14 years old when the Spanish Flu swept through the United States. She recorded her family’s experience with the illness in her Line-A-Day Journal which is now in the collection of the Oberlin Heritage Center. On October 18th, 1918 she wrote “Warm. No school. Father is taken sick with the flew (sic) and taken to the hospital. I am sick tonight.” Seven days later she writes that her father “came in out of the hospital.” Both Margaret and her father recovered from their illness. OHC is encouraging the community to follow Margaret’s example and document their experience with the COVID-19 pandemic. To learn more about this project follow the link below or email Collections Manager, Maren McKee at [email protected]
http://www.oberlinheritagecenter.org/whatsnew/?action=show&id=619

This #TwentiesTuesdays we are highlighting an Oberlin College group from early in the decade. While traditionally the na...
04/21/2020

This #TwentiesTuesdays we are highlighting an Oberlin College group from early in the decade. While traditionally the name of a fraternity, Tau Kappa Epsilon was the name given to one of Oberlin College’s ladies literary societies. Operating from around 1913 to the early 1920s, in the 1921 Hi-O-Hi the group reports a roster of politically minded topics such as the recently established League of Nations, and a study of ‘Americanized Immigration’ and other issues of the time. They write in the description of their organization: “Standing on the threshold of an epoch-making period of history, a realization was brought to us that as citizens of the future we will be called upon for a broader knowledge and keener insight of common problems”. This observation, with the recent passage of the 19th amendment, and the decades of fights for civil and women’s rights that would follow, seems particularly perceptive.

This #MuseumMonday we're sharing the work of our friends over at the Lorain County Historical Society. With #FamilyResea...
04/20/2020

This #MuseumMonday we're sharing the work of our friends over at the Lorain County Historical Society. With #FamilyResearchFridays they are sharing ideas and tips to help your genealogy projects!

Photo shown: The first Lorain County Worcester family reunion, held in September 1904 at the James M. Worcester home on S. Main Street, Oberlin with 166 attendees, image courtesy of Jeff Sigsworth.

Are you interested in a hobby that just might become an obsession? Consider genealogy! There’s so much that you can do right from your home, and Lorain County Historical Society will help show you how with our series of #FamilyResearchFriday posts!

Whether you are sorting through old photographs, just beginning to put together a family tree, or on the hunt for long-lost relatives, family research can offer interesting activities for anyone. In recent years, genealogy as a pastime has grown into a billion-dollar industry. Genealogy is “the study of families, family history, and the tracing of their lineages,” also known as a terrific time-traveling adventure! But you may wonder where to begin. The easiest way is to start with what you have on hand, such as:

An older relative with stories to share
Old pictures
News clippings
Letters
Funeral programs
Wedding invitations
A family Bible that has birth and death information

Gather any of these items you have. What can they tell you, and more importantly, what questions do you want answered? Do you want to know where someone was born? How many children did they have? Did they always live in Ohio? Prioritizing questions is a good idea, because it will keep a researcher from going astray.

The Lorain County Historical Society is here to help. So for now, gather the sources you can find on hand and we’ll see you again next Friday with more information.

Photo shown: The first Lorain County Worcester family reunion, held in September 1904 at the James M. Worcester home on S. Main Street, Oberlin with 166 attendees, image courtesy of Jeff Sigsworth.

We've got another #StaffSaturdays feature today! Name: Liz SchultzRole: Executive DirectorCurrent Projects: “I have a bi...
04/18/2020

We've got another #StaffSaturdays feature today!
Name: Liz Schultz
Role: Executive Director
Current Projects: “I have a big pile of projects I would love to get to, including research and oral histories, but am spending most of my time staying current with the latest projections, laws, and staff updates to plan as best as possible for the coming weeks and months.”
Are you doing any training remotely while you are working from home? “Do you consider reading our 300 page insurance policy training?”
What are you listening to while you work? and/or Favorite ‘Social Distancing Work Snack’? “As much as I love music (rock & roll, delta blues, movie & TV soundtracks), that only works well for me when I'm doing data entry or grounds work at OHC. So mostly it's me and the hum of my refrigerator. Snacks - Roasted almonds when I'm being good; Easter candy when I'm not (often).”
Stay tuned for more insights into how staff are continuing the work of the Oberlin Heritage Center while social distancing and doing our best to help #FlattenTheCurve

This #PhotoFriday we’re sharing this photo from a flood in 1913. Looking southwest on Professor Street, 148 S. Professor...
04/17/2020

This #PhotoFriday we’re sharing this photo from a flood in 1913. Looking southwest on Professor Street, 148 S. Professor St can be seen in the background. Two people are riding a canoe through the flooding in the street. Two women are in the background, all unidentified. Share your clever captions in the comments!

We are collecting community stories during the COVID-19 pandemic, and we need your help creating a resource that will he...
04/16/2020

We are collecting community stories during the COVID-19 pandemic, and we need your help creating a resource that will help future generations understand what life was like today.
If you are interested in learning more about this project or would like to donate, please click the link below and contact OHC’s Collections Manager, Maren McKee, at [email protected]. Please include your full name and a phone number where you can be reached. Thank you, community historians!

http://www.oberlinheritagecenter.org/whatsnew/?action=show&id=619

Did you know that Oberlin’s own Sarah Frances (Fanny) Gulick Jewett was the author of a number of popular early 20th cen...
04/15/2020

Did you know that Oberlin’s own Sarah Frances (Fanny) Gulick Jewett was the author of a number of popular early 20th century books about public health? Fanny would have probably appreciated #washyourhands to help stop the spread of disease as we do today!

This #TwentiesTuesdays we're sharing this image of our current kiosk which was created for Women's History Month. Focusi...
04/14/2020

This #TwentiesTuesdays we're sharing this image of our current kiosk which was created for Women's History Month. Focusing on a "Slice of Life" of Women in Oberlin in the 1920's. Be sure to stop by the kiosk on S Main Street when you are out for a walk. But be sure to practice appropriate social distancing while you are out learning about history and getting a breath of fresh air!

This #MuseumMonday check out the ongoing work of our colleagues over at Lorain Historical Society! They've been sharing ...
04/13/2020

This #MuseumMonday check out the ongoing work of our colleagues over at Lorain Historical Society! They've been sharing local history stories, resources and some reminders for self-care during this time. #MuseumFromHome

Although we may be closed to the public, there are still opportunities to experience Lorain history online from home. http://tiny.cc/6vrsmz
#HistoryAtHome #LorainProud #LorainOhio

It's another behind the scenes peek for #StaffSaturday!Name: Veronica Role: Communications Development CoordinatorCurren...
04/11/2020

It's another behind the scenes peek for #StaffSaturday!
Name: Veronica
Role: Communications Development Coordinator
Current Projects: “The newsletter is critical to staying in touch with our wonderful members, and to let everyone know that we are here, just not physically here! One of my favorite sayings is “Important, not urgent.” That’s been a focus during this time of exile from the office. Catching up on research, writing policy statements, updating guidelines, as well as continuing membership efforts. It’s been amazing to see the support of OHC members during this time of uncertainty. Through early annual fund gifts, these donors are helping the museum get through this financial challenge.”
Are you doing any training remotely while you are working from home? “Webinars are so prevalent at this time, sometimes it’s tough to just pick one. Trying to stick with just one or two each week.”
What are you listening to while you work?
“My playlist includes listening to the Beatles 50th anniversary issue of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, as well as my normal rotation of Michael Stanley, Rolling Stones, Pat Benatar, Louis Armstrong, and Tina Turner. Oh, don’t forget Janis Joplin!”
Favorite Social Distancing Work Snack?
“Peanut M&Ms are addictive, but at least then there aren’t greasy fingerprints like with popcorn! And my workmate is Roxy, her full name is Raksha, which means “demon” in Hindi. Perfectly appropriate…”

This #PhotoFriday we’re asking you to caption this photo from the collection! We would love to know, what kinds of indoo...
04/10/2020

This #PhotoFriday we’re asking you to caption this photo from the collection! We would love to know, what kinds of indoor shenanigans or activities are keeping you entertained? Post your response and caption to the photo in the comments!
This image is a scan of an original image loaned to the Oberlin Heritage Center by the Layne Family.

If you are practicing social distancing you may be missing the sights of Oberlin, so we are sharing our Oberlin Then and...
04/08/2020

If you are practicing social distancing you may be missing the sights of Oberlin, so we are sharing our Oberlin Then and Now online exhibit with you today. See what has changed and what remains the same from the comfort of your own home!
http://www.oberlinheritagecenter.org/thenandnow

Our April 2020 E-Gazette is full of updates regarding programming, recent news and a request for information about this ...
04/07/2020

Our April 2020 E-Gazette is full of updates regarding programming, recent news and a request for information about this image! Check it out below:
http://www.oberlinheritagecenter.org/files/egazettes_documents/files/2020/04/2020_April_E_Gazette.pdf

Andy Stofan snapped this picture of four unidentified individuals outside of Fazio’s grocery store (now the Oberlin Public Library) sometime in the 1960s. Do you recognize anybody? Send your leads to Maren McKee at [email protected].

We're continuing last month's focus on the 1920s with #TwentiesTuesdays for April! The 1920s produced a number of slang ...
04/07/2020

We're continuing last month's focus on the 1920s with #TwentiesTuesdays for April! The 1920s produced a number of slang phrases and words that we still use today, and many others that have gone out of fashion. Now that we’re in the 2020s here are some phrases we wouldn’t mind making a return!
“Phonus balonus”: Nonsense or something untrue.
“Bee’s Knees”: Something that is the best.
“Applesauce” or “Horsefeathers”: Nonsense and foolishness.
“Now you’re on the trolley!”: “Now you’ve gotten it right!”
""Know your onions"" : Know what’s up or what’s going on.

We're using Mondays in April to highlight and share with all of you the great work being done around the region, even as...
04/06/2020

We're using Mondays in April to highlight and share with all of you the great work being done around the region, even as doors may not be open to the public. For this first #MuseumMonday we’re highlighting the #MuseumFromHome efforts from Oberlin’s own Allen Memorial Art Museum. Check out this recent post and follow along on Facebook or Instagram for more insights and thoughts on their varied collection!

Next up in our #museumfromhome series: Jenifer Wofford’s “MacArthur Nurses (Pushing),” with thoughts from Andrea Gyorody, our Ellen Johnson ‘33 Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art.
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“When we decided to turn our attention to themes of health and healing on our social media channels, one of the first works that jumped to mind was Jenifer Wofford’s painting “MacArthur Nurses (Pushing).” It’s based on a famous World War II photo of General MacArthur wading ashore at the Philippine island of Leyte in 1944, returning after being driven out by Japanese forces two years earlier. Wofford’s painting replaces MacArthur and his American soldiers with Filipina nurses, nodding both to the large number of Filipina nurses working overseas, and to the complex history of the Philippines as a former U.S. colony. But I want to highlight this painting not so much for what it says about that specific cultural context as what it says about nurses universally: they are heroes. In Wofford’s crisp depiction, they are purposeful and resolved, but also human. Some of them look tired, or world-weary, their heads bowed as they plow forward through knee-deep water. Looking at this painting today, I can’t help but think about the thousands and thousands of nurses on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic, risking their own lives—and the lives of their families—to fulfill the oaths they’ve taken. It’s truly extraordinary what our healthcare workers are capable of doing in the hardest of times, and I sincerely hope we as a society find ways to honor their labor now and in the future. If you’re looking for some practical things to do today, you’ll find a link in the comments below to an article full of suggestions. You can volunteer, donate, send snacks—and above all else, say THANK YOU.”
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Jenifer Wofford, “MacArthur Nurses (Pushing),” 2013. Allen Memorial Art Museum. Art Object Sales Fund, 2017.1
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#museumfromhome #jeniferwofford #nursesrock #nursesofinstagram #nursesofig #nursesinspirenurses #nursestrong #nursesdoitbetter #nursesareawesome #allenartmuseum #oberlin #oberlincollege

We're going behind the scenes this month with #StaffSaturday spotlights while our staff are working from home!  Name: Ma...
04/04/2020

We're going behind the scenes this month with #StaffSaturday spotlights while our staff are working from home!
Name: Maren McKee
Role: Collections Manager
Current Projects: ""I have taken this opportunity to update the collections registration and cataloging handbook. This document is a step by step guide on what happens to acquisitions once they are accepted into the collection and includes instructions on everything from creating the correct paperwork, entering key information into the collections database, and labeling objects according to their material.""
Are you doing any training remotely while you are working from home? ""Yes! LYRASIS opened their entire library of webinars up for free so I have been taking advantage of that. So far, I have watched one on caring for scrapbooks (a very challenging artifact!) and have found several others that look interesting.""
What Are You Listening To while you work and your favorite “Social Distancing Work Snack”? ""My work from home playlist includes lots of K-pop and movie soundtracks and my snack of choice is popcorn and a cup of tea"

Right now we could all use a chuckle or a giggle, so we’re inviting you to take part in some light-hearted fun with us. ...
04/03/2020

Right now we could all use a chuckle or a giggle, so we’re inviting you to take part in some light-hearted fun with us. Throughout the month we will be posting a variety of photos from the collection and asking you to help us “caption” the photos! This #PhotoFriday we are sharing this image of a large boat that was built by Mr. Winfield in the back yard of his home at 90 East College St on the day it was moved from his yard, en route to the Lake in 1952. Post your captions in the comments!

We have extended the deadline for our Junior Internship Applications! To learn more about the position, qualifications, ...
04/03/2020

We have extended the deadline for our Junior Internship Applications!
To learn more about the position, qualifications, and compensation, see the link below:
http://www.oberlinheritagecenter.org/about/work

If students are interested in the role but do not have the means to get an application in, they are still encouraged to contact Amanda Manahan, Museum Education and Tour Coordinator, at [email protected].

Hello from all of us at the Oberlin Heritage Center! The work still continues even if we cannot all be together, so vide...
04/02/2020

Hello from all of us at the Oberlin Heritage Center! The work still continues even if we cannot all be together, so video conferencing is helping us stay in the loop on all of our projects! Stay tuned to hear more from individual staff members about the projects they are keeping busy with, what they are snacking on and listening to while social distancing and maybe even some shots of their new furry ‘co-workers’!

Yesterday was National Walking Day and it’s a perfect time to check out one of our walking tours. Whether you walk, driv...
04/02/2020

Yesterday was National Walking Day and it’s a perfect time to check out one of our walking tours. Whether you walk, drive or use an old-fashioned ‘penny farthing’ bicycle, be sure to practice social distancing, leaving 6’ feet of space between you and others. Check out the tours at the link below:
http://www.oberlinheritagecenter.org/visit/yourselftours
#MuseumAtHome #MuseumAlone

Oberlin Heritage Center joins museums around the country this morning with #MuseumsThankHealthcareHeroes. Thank you to a...
04/01/2020

Oberlin Heritage Center joins museums around the country this morning with #MuseumsThankHealthcareHeroes. Thank you to all those working tirelessly to help our community at this time.
We're doing our part by staying home and practicing social distancing!
#museumsthankhealthheroes

We're participating in the City of Oberlin Recreation Department Teddy Bear Hunt til next Friday. This is Squishface, an...
03/28/2020

We're participating in the City of Oberlin Recreation Department Teddy Bear Hunt til next Friday. This is Squishface, and he can be found peeking out of a window at the Monroe House. Share your photos with us and the Recreation department!

This #PhotoFriday we’re sharing more #FlapperFashion! As we highlighted earlier in the month, the 1920s brought a number...
03/27/2020

This #PhotoFriday we’re sharing more #FlapperFashion! As we highlighted earlier in the month, the 1920s brought a number of new trends into women’s fashion. Even though it’s nearly spring, the weather outside is still a bit chilly, and we think the coat Frances Champe is wearing in this image is just the “bee’s knees”. Fur coats and collars were the defining trends for outerwear in the decade, with a variation in types and even including a synthetic version.
Image from the Oberlin Heritage Center collection, courtesy of Jean Foggo Simon.

For the last of the #WhatisitWednesday posts for March, we wonder if any of our fans will be able to guess what this obj...
03/25/2020

For the last of the #WhatisitWednesday posts for March, we wonder if any of our fans will be able to guess what this object from the 1920s is?

ANSWER: Popcorn Popper is correct! Do any of you still make popcorn on the stove or have memories of making popcorn this way?

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Oberlin, OH
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Parking lot is located at 20 West Vine Street

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Hello Oberlin, your town has been a place of interest because of my Grandmother. She attended Oberlin Conservatory of Music back in 1906 thru the fall semester of 1908. We are blessed to have a small album of pictures of her stay there. She boarded at The German House that was at 123 W. Lorain St, Oberlin. I have tried looking on the google view maps but it seems that the house may not be there any more. I was wondering if you could give me any information of that house. Here is a picture of a group of students out near a house. Not sure if it is The German House. My Grandmother is in the back row second from the left. I am putting the pictures and letters that she wrote home to her mother together. What an adventure that she had up there in those 5 semesters, a country girl living in a great dream. Thank you for any information about this house. [email protected]
Just recognized by FB as one of the Oberlin Heritage Center’s Top Fans. Proud of that!
Hello! I’m a musician(Stomp, O.A.R.) and filmmaker who has created a history through music show called TuneTrek and today I’m featuring The Monroe House. Trek it: https://www.tunetrek.org/themonroehouse #travel #history #music #oberlin #ohio #stomp
Jack Vanek will be interviewed at WEOL, AM 930, at 4:10 pm today about his new book, Miracles, set in Oberlin, Lorain, and Cleveland.
I want to thank all the members of OHC who supported the debut of my mystery novel, DEROS, over the past 2 months! Your help is appreciated. The story is set in Oberlin. See you in June!
It seems I'm a direct ancestor of both these fellows thru Andrew Call. I'm trying to see if Mr. Asa "The Deacon" Call went to Oberlin College...as It is mentioned in the synopsis on his and his brother's Life. they are mentioned quite often in a book on Kossuth County and a town they founded..Algona, Iowa. Can you help? Thanks, Lee C Parker...[email protected]
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Historical marker about architect and Oberlin native Robert Reamer at the North Entrance to Yellowstone in Gardiner, Montana. Here's a picture of his Old Faithful Inn. Notice the paired tree trunk supports! We'll be back in Oberlin tomorrow.
I found a stash of old photos at an antique store in TN. An internet search lead me to you. You may already have this photo but I would be happy to mail this one to you if you would like.
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