Oberlin Heritage Center celebrates Women’s History Month

Staff Report

A month-long celebration of the progressive women of history who stood up, stepped forward, and spoke out will be held by the Oberlin Heritage Center.

March is Women’s History Month, and the OHC is offering a number of events, many of them free, to recognize local leaders and advocates of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Saturday, March 12 at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.: The Heritage Center will waive admission fees for its Upstairs/Downstairs Tour as part of a free Smithsonian Museum Day event.

The 75-minute guided tour highlights the ladies of Oberlin. Advance registration is appreciated but not required.

Thursday, March 17 at 7:15 p.m.: Executive director Liz Schultz will present “One Step More,” a women’s history narrative originally developed by the Heritage Center as a guided walking tour featuring Oberlin women’s stories and landmarks from both campus and community.

This “indoor version” is rich in historic images and tales of Oberlin’s early years of co-education and its critics, female faculty and administrators, black feminism, women giving public presentations, a bit of scandal, and women leading social and public health movements.

The illustrated program is free and open to the public. No reservations are needed. This event is sponsored by Kendal at Oberlin’s Third Thursday lecture series and takes place at Kendal at Oberlin’s Heiser Auditorium.

Saturday, March 26 at 10:30 a.m.: The Heritage Center will offer “One Step More: Oberlin Women’s History Walk” in the format of a 75-minute guided walking tour focusing on local women’s continual efforts to gain rights and respect.

In 1834, “founding father” John J. Shipherd pledged Oberlin’s commitment to the elevation of the female character through education. Little did he know there was dynamite in that promise and women carried the matches. Participants will hear stories of powerful Oberlin women who used Shipherd’s promise to shape what it meant to be a woman in Oberlin and in the U.S.

The event is $6 per adult or free to OHC members, any college student, and children under 18. Advance reservations are required.

The Heritage Center also will also offer a free docent training workshop from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, April 23 for volunteers interested in learning how to present “One Step More: Oberlin Women’s History Walk.” Registration is requested by April 18.

Prospective docent volunteers can receive a complimentary tour for the public Oberlin Women’s history walk offered on March 26. To do so, contact Amanda Manahan, museum education and tour coordinator, by March 22.

To make reservations for the Heritage Center’s Women’s History Month events, visit www.oberlinheritagecenter.org or call 440-774-1700.

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