Release: Sept. 13, 2016
GAMBIER, Ohio — Kenyon College will participate in the statewide Ohio Open Doors celebration Saturday, Sept. 17, with special tours of its historic campus.
College Historian and Keeper of Kenyoniana Tom Stamp will lead a two-hour tour of South Campus, which includes Ascension Hall, a masterpiece of Victorian Gothic architecture that dates from 1859, and Old Kenyon, the college’s first permanent building, constructed between 1827 and 1829. The free guided tour will begin at 1 p.m. at the Church of the Holy Spirit, 102 College-Park St. Refreshments will be available at the end of the tour.
“As Ohio’s oldest private college, Kenyon has a long and compelling history that can be told through its buildings,” Stamp said. “We were pleased to accept the Ohio History Connection’s invitation to participate in Ohio Open Doors in order to introduce Kenyon’s campus and its history to our neighbors in Knox County and beyond.”
Visitors also will have the opportunity to explore Kenyon’s historic Bexley Hall, 301 Gaskin Ave., through tours that will depart at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
The Ohio Open Doors program is sponsored by the Ohio History Connection, a nonprofit that champions Ohio’s history through educational efforts, archival services, and maintenance of more than 50 historic sites and museums across the state. The program celebrates the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act.
For more information, contact Tom Stamp at 740-427-5577 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Kenyon’s Office of the President at 740-427-5113.