As warm weather returns to Northeast Ohio, so do the Oberlin Heritage Center’s outdoor history walks for all ages.
During Oberlin College’s commencement and reunion weekend, May 20-22, the Freedom’s Friends and Oberlin Women’s History Walks will be offered to the public at special times, along with a third themed walk, the Scholars and Settlers Tappan Square History Walk.
Freedom’s Friends explores how prior to the Civil War, as many as 3,000 African Americans passed through or lived in Oberlin after escaping from slavery. Learn about Oberlin’s famous freedom-seekers and those known to have helped them make their way to freedom on the Underground Railroad.
The Women’s History Walk examines how Oberlin confronted and defined issues of femininity in the 19th and 20th centuries. Hear stories of powerful Oberlin women including Lucy Stone, Marianne Parker Dascomb, Adelia Field Johnston, Mary Church Terrell, and Lucy Stanton Day.
The Scholars and Settlers Tappan Square History Walk focuses on the earliest residents of Oberlin and the triumphs, debates, and scandals linked to the landmarks around the inviting downtown green space that connects campus and community.
For information on dates and times of the special weekend’s offerings, visit www.oberlinheritagecenter.org.
In celebration of Memorial Day, the Heritage Center will also offer a ree Radicals and Reformers History Walk through Westwood Cemetery at 1 p.m. on Monday, May 30. Participants will be guided through the cemetery’s park-like setting with stories of spirited men and women who refused to maintain the status quo.
No reservation is needed. The tour will begin at the cemetery entrance, 429 Morgan St. Afterward, the Friends of Westwood invite guests to join them near the cemetery pond for a brief memorial ceremony.
Tickets for individual history walks must be purchased in advance and are $6 for adults or free for Heritage Center members, college students, and children accompanied by adults.
Note that even when tickets are free, reservations still must be made in advance.
The walks are approximately 75 minutes and are most likely to be enjoyed by ages nine and up. History walks also are available to groups of eight or more at other times by appointment.
For reservations or more information about any of the Heritage Center’s tours, visit www.oberlinheritagecenter.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 440-774-1700.