Schultz appointed to lead heritage center

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Liz Schultz was appointed as Oberlin Heritage Center’s executive director to replace Patricia Murphy.

A local coordinator will replace retiring Oberlin Heritage Center executive director Pat Murphy this summer.

Liz Schultz was announced this week as the center’s new director beginning Aug. 22.

She has been the organization’s museum education and tour coordinator since 2007, offering themed history walks, self-guided tablet tours, outreach programs for local schools, and serving as the website and social media manager.

The city’s history and stories drove Schultz to apply for the director position.

“I’ve always loved Oberlin’s rich history,” Schultz said. “There’s always something new to discover.”

One of the center’s top focuses right now and when Schultz steps up as director is creating a strategic plan that addresses looking at Oberlin’s properties and expanding the organization’s historic information throughout the city and with other historical societies around Lorain County.

Schultz said a group of volunteers has helped her finish digitizing 99 percent of the center’s recorded historic stories to be used online and for future preservation.

“It’s exciting to see where we’ll go from here,” she said.

The new director already has plans to start collecting 20th century stories.

Schultz is nervous to replace Murphy who was a 22-year veteran at the center.

“Pat has done so much to bring this organization from volunteers to having actual business hours,” Shultz said. “She’s made just all of these huge milestones.”

She said the center’s staff and board members have been very supportive and excited for her to take over, which has been reassuring since Murphy’s legacy is well-known in town.

OHC will host a farewell gathering for Murphy and a welcoming for Schultz from 3-4:30 p.m. Aug. 8 at the center.

A search has begun to fill Schultz’s old position and someone is expected to be selected in September.

Valerie Urbanik can be reached at 440-775-1611 or on Twitter @ValUrbanik.