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Oberlin, Ohio, USA - Looking South on North Professor Street, Oberlin, Ohio.

Oberlin College was founded in 1833.It was the first interracial and coeducational college in the United States.

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1833 - Oberlin College was founded in 1833.It was the first interracial and coeducational college in the United States.

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1837 - September 6 - Oberlin Collegiate Institute of Ohio goes co-ed (4 women, 30 men)

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1854 - Oberlin
Oberlin, a flourishing post-village of Lo rain county, Ohio, on the Cleveland and Toledo railroad, 36 miles S. W. from Cleveland, and 8 miles from Elyria. It is remarkable for its collegiate institute, named in honor of John Frederick Oberlin, pastor of Walbach, Switzerland. This institution, founded in 1 834, is under the direction of the Evangelical Congregationalists. It occupies 7 commodious buildings, has 12 instructors, with a library of 6000 volumes. It was attended in 1852 by 1200 students of both sexes. Its object is to afford an economical education by combining manual labor with study. No person is excluded from this institution on account of color. The Presbyterian church at this place is a large brick building, capable of holding 3000 persons. The Oberlin Evangelist and Quarterly Review are published here.
A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ... Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.) Joseph Thomas January 1, 1854 Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.
1868 - Plymouth Church, Brooklyn, N. Y., has 1,700 members; the First Church of Oberlin, Ohio, has 1,400 members -
the two largest Congregational churches in the country.
St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
July 25, 1868
1869 - The Congregationalists of this country have six theological seminaries,
in which are two hundred and forty-five students. Andover, Massachusetts, has the largest, and Oberlin, Ohio, the smallest.

St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
February 6, 1869
1889 - Rev. A. E. Woodruff, of Oberlin, Ohio, will be the new pastor of the Congregational Church, vice Mr. Brewster, resigned.


St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
April 13, 1889
May 24, 1893: Ohio Anti-Saloon League founded, Oberlin, Ohio

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1895 - Oberlin
Oberlin, a post-village of Lorain co., 0., in Russia township, on the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Rail road, 34 miles W.S.W. of Cleveland, and 22 miles E. of Norwalk. It is the seat of Oberlin College (Congregational), which was organized in 1833 and is open to both sexes. Connected with this institution is a theological seminary (for which a fine brick building was erected in 1874), and a conservatory of music, with a fine three-story stone building. The other buildings of the college embrace 5 substantial stone and 6 brick structures. This college has a library of about 30,000 volumes; average number of students, about 1300. Oberlin contains 6 churches, 3 hand some union school-houses, a national bank, an independent bank, 2 newspaper offices, a machine-shop, a carriage-factory, saw-, planing-, and flour-mills. Pop, in 1890,4376.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
1906
Oberlin, a banking post-village of Lorain co., Ohio, on the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern R., 34 miles WSW. of Cleveland. It is the seat of Oberlin College (Congregational), which was organized in 1833, is open to both sexes, and had an attendance in 1903 of 1443 students. Connected with this institution are a theological seminary, a conservatory of music, and a library of 70,000 volumes and upward of 100,000 pamphlets. Oberlin has manufactures of irrigating machinery, Bait, brick and tile, wagons, etc Pop. in 1900, 4082.
Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906
2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in Oberlin:
Oberlin College and Conservatory:

Take a stroll through the beautiful campus of Oberlin College, known for its historic architecture and vibrant student life.
Visit the Allen Memorial Art Museum, which houses an impressive collection of art spanning centuries and cultures.

Tappan Square:

Relax in Tappan Square, a picturesque park at the center of Oberlin. It's a great spot for picnics, reading a book, or just enjoying the outdoors.

Oberlin Heritage Center:

Explore the town's history at the Oberlin Heritage Center. Guided tours are available, providing insights into Oberlin's role in the abolitionist movement.

Apollo Theatre:

Catch a movie or enjoy a live performance at the historic Apollo Theatre. It has a unique charm and often features both mainstream and indie films.

Local Eateries:

Visit local restaurants like The Feve for a laid-back atmosphere and tasty pub food. For a coffee fix, head to Slow Train Cafe, a popular spot among locals.

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male ancestorJohn KEEP (1782, , Mississippi, USA - 11 February 1870, Oberlin, Ohio, USA)
male ancestorJohn ELMORE (1784, , New York, USA - 23 July 1873, Oberlin, Ohio, USA)
male ancestorJohn DUNN (1786, , England (United Kingdom) - 25 December 1870, Oberlin, Ohio, USA)
male ancestorIsaac JENNINGS (1789, , Connecticut, USA - 18 March 1874, Oberlin, Ohio, USA)
male ancestorIsaac BROWN (1791, , Maryland, USA - 24 May 1879, Oberlin, Ohio, USA)
male ancestorElijah Squire RUST (26 April 1794, Lanesborough, Massachusetts, USA (Berkshire) - 26 August 1868, Oberlin, Ohio, USA)
male ancestorSamuel HENDRY (15 October 1794, Harpersfield, Delaware County, New York, USA - 7 May 1868, Oberlin, Ohio, USA)
male ancestorAllen JONES (1795, , Virginia, USA - 9 August 1877, Oberlin, Ohio, USA)
male ancestorZaraster CULVER (1795, , Massachusetts, USA - 7 January 1878, Oberlin, Ohio, USA)

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