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Oberlin Heritage Center: The Medical History of Oberlin

An illustrated program by Dr. W. Jeanne McKibben. Learn more about Oberlin's long history of dedicated health care providers and services.

Dr. James Dascomb arrived in Oberlin in 1834 and for two years treated Oberlin residents and students with such remedies as essence of cinnamon, calomel, cough drops, and quinine. Fast forward to 2017, when Mercy Allen Hospital is one of a few remaining rural, critical access hospitals. Dr. W. Jeanne McKibben has spent decades documenting the medical history of Oberlin through notes, photographs, and rare video interviews. In this illustrated presentation, she will share portions of her film-video journey through the years, while discussing the growth of Oberlin’s medical field, its near collapse in 2000, and its re-emergence as a community healthcare hub with a vision for the future. The program is an informative prelude to Dr. McKibben’s medical-and-film history exhibit, Lenses, Scopes and Other Views, taking place at the Firelands Association for the Visual Arts (FAVA) in November.

  • Tuesday, October 24, 2017
  • Kendal at Oberlin, Heiser Auditorium
  • 600 Kendal Drive – Oberlin, Ohio 44074