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Oberlin: Origins and Onward!

The Oberlin Heritage Center is pleased to announce the publication of the award-winning history comic book Oberlin: Origins and Onward! by Bentley Boyd. This history of Oberlin from 1833 to the present is told through colorful illustrations and humorous text. On each page a relevant question is both posed and answered. The book begins with “How Did Oberlin Start Among the Trees?” and ends with “How is Oberlin Facing the 21st Century?” People, places and events from every decade since the founding of Oberlin by John J. Shipherd and Philo Stewart are represented. Readers will see Charles Grandison Finney, John Mercer Langston and Lucy Stone illustrated as well as 20th century notables including Charles Mosher, Don Pease and Ellen Johnson. Oberlin’s proudest stories are told including the Oberlin-Wellington Rescue and the reasons why Oberlin is a great place to live in and visit today. The comic book is intended to be especially appealing to middle grade students as well as an entertaining and informative introduction to Oberlin for readers of all ages.

Bentley Boyd, who studied history and literature at Harvard, is the author and illustrator of more than thirty history comic books in his Chester Comix series. His unique style engages readers and sparks their interest in various topics of American history.

Generous donors provided funding for the publication in memory of OHC trustee Nicholas Stevenson who was a Kendal resident and Oberlin school volunteer for the Grandparent Readers program. Copies will be given to every third grader from Oberlin’s Prospect School when they make their annual visit to OHC’s Little Red Schoolhouse. Proceeds from sales of the books will help support the non-profit Oberlin Heritage Center.

Price: $6.95
Member Price: $6.25

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