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Oberlin Heritage Center

Oberlin, OH, USA
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About Oberlin Heritage Center
The Oberlin Heritage Center is an award-winning small museum and historical society that preserves and shares unique, nationally significant stories about Oberlin College and the City of Oberlin. Our museum is comprised of the Monroe House (1866), Little Red Schoolhouse (1836), and Jewett House (1884). Indoor guided and self-guided tours are offered year-round. Guests of all ages can visit the hands-on Little Red Schoolhouse to write on slate boards, ring the bell, and try walking on stilts. Visitors can also attend history walks about Oberlin’s involvement with coeducation, abolition and the Underground Railroad, the local architecture, and more. Please check our online calendar for guided tour times. The Oberlin Heritage Center is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Researchers and family historians may also set up an appointment to visit the Resource Center, where we have city records, oral histories, genealogical information, and more.
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Raeanne W wrote a review May 2022
Columbus, Ohio3 contributions1 helpful vote
Such history and totally accessible. Our host was most informative and answered all of our questions. Our tour included one other family and that allowed for an interesting conversation about the city and the local history.
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Date of experience: February 2022
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Excursion601217 wrote a review Aug 2019
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An excellent narrative and walk, on Oberlin's history, not only on the underground railroad but the history of the college as well and the part they played in equality and the civil war.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Response from Amanda M, Museum Education & Tour Coordinator at Oberlin Heritage Center
Responded Mar 26, 2020
Thank you for attending our Freedom's Friends History Walk and leaving your review!
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GrannyRockStar wrote a review Jul 2019
Indianapolis, Indiana35 contributions10 helpful votes
Oberlin has a fascinating history in the runup to the Civil War. The abolitionist town aided escaped slaves on their way to Canada. Our tour guide shared the stories and personalities of those involved, inspiring us to want to learn more.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Ed W wrote a review Jun 2017
Oberlin, Ohio25 contributions10 helpful votes
Of course I may be prejudice being on the board but, There was never a better by which I mean smart, friendly, informative group of people who are the employees, docents, and volunteers. They are dedicated to give everyone who drops by the best of experiences.
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Date of experience: June 2017
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nancyolah wrote a review May 2017
Fort Mill, South Carolina597 contributions230 helpful votes
I was in Oberlin this past weekend for my 40th cluster reunion, and am glad that I made the time to take the "One Step Closer" tour. As an Oberlin graduate, I thought that I already knew a lot about the history of women at Oberlin - but I discovered that I was wrong! This 75 minute walking tour takes you around Tappan Square and portions of the Oberlin College campus and provides a unique perspective on women's history at Oberlin. Although it was very rainy during my tour (boy, was I glad I had a poncho and an umbrella), I had a fabulous time. The modest $6 charge was reasonable, and the docent who led our tour was very knowledgable. I was also delighted to meet Jen Graham (Class of 2012), who originally created the tour while she was a student and who happened to be there with a friend. The Oberlin Heritage Center offers many fascinating tours, and I hope to take others on future visits to the campus.
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Date of experience: May 2017
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