Oberlin's Namesake: John Frederick Oberlin (1740-1826)Main MenuIntroduction to Oberlin's NamesakeDetailed Table of ContentsWhat's in a Name? Why Oberlin?Address by John W. KurtzJ. F. Oberlin in his lifetimeExplore materials made by Oberlin and his contemporariesThe Ban de la Roche, Alsace, FranceArt works and photographs of the regionEarly views of Oberlin, OhioDrawings, prints and photographs of the colony and collegeDesigning a monument to our namesake (video)Videos with the artist Paul B. ArnoldResources for further explorationAnne Cuyler Salsich, Oberlin College Archives65340b1e79f9df03d291b8de171f6479ab6abb16Oberlin College Archives, Oberlin, Ohio
Monument to John Frederick Oberlin on the Oberlin College campus, 1995
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12018-01-12T22:13:35+00:00Designing a monument to our namesake (video)36Videos with the artist Paul B. Arnoldplain2020-02-12T20:06:26+00:00In 1995 a monument to John Frederick Oberlin was designed and erected on the Oberlin College campus. Video interviews with the designer, the late Professor of Art Paul Arnold (1918-2012), explain how the college's president and alumni were involved, Arnold's inspiration for an element of the design derived from one of Oberlin's own inventions, and how the stone monument was made.
Videos of artist Paul Arnold on the history and design of the monument
Video by John A. Light, Oberlin College Class of 2011, in 2010.
Inscription on monument:
John Frederick Oberlin (1740-1826)
Oberlin, pastor of Waldersbach in Alsace, France, for whole Oberlin College was named, used the original of the optical curiosity shown above for pastoral counseling. His simple message—that people with diverse perspectives can live in friendship with one another—lies at the heart of the aspirations of this college.