To acknowledge the 175th anniversary of the laying of the cornerstone of the Meeting House of the First Church in Oberlin, United Church of Christ, the first of two celebrations will be held at 10 a.m. on Sunday, June 18.
The public is invited to attend a special service that will include elements of worship from the original cornerstone dedication on June 17, 1842, as well as elements familiar to today’s worshipers.
A more elaborate celebration is being planned for Oct. 8 by representatives from area churches.
For many years, the Meeting House was the only place of worship in Oberlin and all residents worshiped together. Many historic events have taken place there including graduations, concerts, a celebration of those freed in the Oberlin-Wellington Rescue of 1858, speeches by Frederick Douglas, Martin Luther King Jr., Mark Twain, and the first concert of spirituals presented by the Fisk Jubilee Singers on their 1871 tour.
The First Church in Oberlin is located at 106 North Main St.
For more information, visit www.firstchurchoberlin.org or call 440-775-1711.