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Community + College Events Celebrate Oberlin’s 175th Anniversary

OBERLIN, OHIO -- On October 3 and 4, the Oberlin community will celebrate the 175th anniversary of the founding of the city of Oberlin and Oberlin College with a series of events that are free open to all. This anniversary celebration is made possible by the participation of various organizations and individuals, including Oberlin College, the Oberlin City Schools, the Oberlin Heritage Center, Oberlin Shansi, and the Community Music School. The goal of this weekend of events is threefold:

  1. To remember and reflect on the founders of Oberlin, their exciting and noble mission of learning, labor, and equality, and the subsequent 175 years of positive change and progress that have defined our community.
  2. To celebrate and acknowledge the many unique facets that make Oberlin the vital and vibrant community it is today.
  3. To engage the community to prepare, plan, and take active responsibility in the future of Oberlin.

Below is the schedule of events for Oberlin’s 175th anniversary celebration, Friday and Saturday, October 3 and 4, 2008. For more information, please call (440) 775-8448 or visit www.oberlin.edu/175.

October 3

7:00 pm                                   First Friday Improv, sponsored by the MAD* Factory
                                               First Church in Oberlin

8:00pm                                    175th Anniversary Celebratory Concert
                                               Oberlin Orchestra (Oberlin Conservatory of Music)
                                               Finney Chapel

8:00 – 11:00 pm                       Star Gazing at the Peters Observatory
                                               Peters Hall, 50 N. Professor Street, 4th floor stairway

Saturday, October 4

10:30 am                                 Free Guided Tour, Oberlin Heritage Center historic sites
                                               Begins at Monroe House, behind Conservatory parking lot.
Reservations made by calling 774-1700 or emailing

Free Community Lunch in Tappan Square
Program at the Bandstand, 10:45 am – 1:15 pm (Rain location: Fairchild Chapel)
Lunch, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

10:45                                       Introduction
                                                Essay Presentation by Oberlin High School student

10:55                                       Oberlin Community Music School Performance

11:05                                       Eastwood Student Time Capsule Presentation
                                                Prospect Elementary Poetry 
11:15                                       Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra Quartet

11:35                                       Essay Presentation by Langston Middle School Student

11:45                                       Community Giving Campaign Launch
                                               Geoffrey Andrews, Oberlin City Schools;
                                               Eric Norenberg, City of Oberlin;
                                               Marvin Krislov, Oberlin College

11:55                                       Oberlin Community Music School performance

12:15                                       Essays by Langston Middle School Students

12:25                                       Oberlin College Sumatran Gong Ensemble

12:45                                       Essay Presentations by Oberlin High School Students

1:00                                         Oberlin College Taiko

11:00 am  – 1:00 pm                Shansi Activities for Kids
                                                Tappan Square

11:00 am  – 2:00 pm                Scarecrow-making with FAVA
                                                Tappan Square

11:00 am – 2:00 pm                 Graduate Teacher Education Info Table
                                                Tappan Square

11:00 am – 5:00 pm                 FAVA Gallery Exhibition, A Mild Obsession
                                                New Union Center for the Arts

11:30 am                                  Arbor Day Celebration, sponsored by the Open Space
                                               Commission and Oberlin Boy Scout Troop #401
                                                Wright Park

1:00pm                                    Oberlin College vs. Ohio Wesleyan University
                                                Savage Football Stadium

1:30 pm                                   Free Guided Tour, Oberlin Heritage Center historic sites
                                                Begins at Monroe House, behind Conservatory parking lot

1:00 – 3:00 pm                         Climbing Wall for Beginners
                                                Philips Physical Education Center Lobby

1:00 – 3:00 pm                         Six Lanes of Open Bowling
                                                Bowling Lanes, Hales Gymnasium

1:00 – 3:00 pm                         Looking and Learning Tours
                                                Allen Memorial Art Museum

1:00 – 4:00 pm                         Community Music School Open House
                                                Burrell-King House, 317 East College Street

1:00 – 4:00 pm                         Ginko Gallery, artist reception, Time and Place
by Kathie Roig
                                                Ginko Gallery, 19 S. Main Street

1:00 – 4:00 pm                         Tours of the Peters Observatory and Planetarium
                                                Peters Hall, 50 N. Professor Street, 4th floor stairway

2:00 – 3:00 pm                         A.J. Lewis Center and Living Machine Tours
                                                A.J. Lewis Center for Environmental Studies

3:00 pm                                   A Walk through Time, Tour the History of Oberlin
                                               through the landmarks around Tappan Square
                                                Begins at Monroe House, behind Conservatory parking lot
2:00 – 4:00 pm                         Swimming at the Carr Pool
                                                Philips Physical Education Center

4:00 – 6:00 pm                         Remembering Carnegie: A 100th Anniversary Celebration
                                                Carnegie Lobby

                                                Oberlin College Library Book Sale, featuring works from and about Oberlin history
                                                Carnegie Front Lawn

8:00 – 11:00 pm                       Star Gazing at the Peters Observatory
                                               Peters Hall, 50 N. Professor Street, 4th floor stairway

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