The Oberlin Review

Examining Oberlin’s History Rewarding, Provides Insight

Nathan Carpenter, Editor-in-Chief

September 6, 2019

Editor’s note: This column is the first in a series that will focus on Oberlin’s history as a town and an institution. The series will be published regularly throughout the fall semester. Through the decades, Oberlin has demonstrated a strong commitment to documenting and preserving its own history. Mudd Center boasts extensive archival collections; for a town and college of modest size, a surprising number of books and essays have been written about Oberlin. While many Oberlin historians have had some connection with the college or town, many journalists and scholars from outside of this community have also taken an interest in Oberlin’s historical impact on the broader trajectory of American history. This past W...

Walking Tours Highlight Oberlin’s History

Jaimie Yue

May 3, 2019

For those interested in learning more about Oberlin and its rich history, new walking tours are now available through the izi.Travel app or website. The free app can detect a user’s location and allows the user to listen to a tour while visiting a site at their own pace. On May 11 from 2–3:30 p.m., the Oberlin Public Library will host a formal launch and introduction to the virtual tours. The event is an opportunity for the public to learn how to use the app and give feedback to the Coalition for Oberlin History, the original designers of the virtual tours. A reception will be held later that day at 4 p.m. at The Feve. Emeritus Professor of History Gary Kornblith and other faculty members founded the Coalition f...

Course Registration: Over a Century Ago

Course Registration: Over a Century Ago

April 26, 2019

TLC Visits College Archives in Search of Tyler’s Family History

TLC Visits College Archives in Search of Tyler’s Family History

April 1, 2016

Oberlin College will make it to primetime TV Sunday, April 3. TLC’s Who Do You Think You Are?, a documentary series exploring celebrities’ family backgrounds, will kick off its eighth season on Oberlin’s campus. The premier features actress and comedian Aisha Tyler, best known for co-hosting CBS’s The Talk and voicing Lana Kane in FX’s Archer. The episode focuses on Hugh Hancock, Aisha Tyler’s great, great grandfather. Listed as “mulatto” in the 1860 census, Hancock was born i...

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