In 1834, John J. Shipherd pledged Oberlin’s commitment to “the elevation of female character” through education. Little did he know, there was dynamite in that promise, and women carried the matches. This illustrated walking tour explores 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, and learn how they used John J. Shipherd’s promise to shape what it meant to be a woman in Oberlin and in the United States.
Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 1:00pm
Oberlin Heritage Center
20 W. Vine Street; Oberlin, OH 44074
Historical and Heritage,
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Oberlin is located about 35 miles southwest of Cleveland, near interstate highways I-480, I-80, and I-90. The address of the Oberlin Heritage Center's office is 73 1/2 South Professor Street in Oberlin and the 1/2 means we are located in the middle of the block and very difficult to find. Visitors using GPS or search engines should use our parking lot address of 20 West Vine Street, which is just behind Midas Muffler at the corner of Main Street (State Route 58) and Vine Street at the southern end of downtown Oberlin. The brick Monroe House, where our offices are and tours begin, is located at the end of the parking lot. Visitors can walk around the Monroe House fence to our front door.
Note: History walks may start in alternate locations. See our event calendar and tour information for start locations.
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