Mrs. Cochran is going on an adventure! 

by | Mar 28, 2024 | Around the ‘Bein.

Otterbein’s portrait of our early 20th century benefactress Sarah B. Cochran left the Courtright Memorial Library on Feb. 12, 2024, to go on display at the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh. It is on loan for an exhibition celebrating women’s history in western Pennsylvania.

Sarah was the wife of Philip G. Cochran, the Pennsylvania coke and coal magnet who attended Otterbein for two years, from 1869-71. After his passing in 1899, she ran his businesses and became a major philanthropist whose good works include the endowment of the Cochran Memorial Hall at Otterbein, dedicated in 1906. The exhibit, A Woman’s Place: How Women Shaped Pittsburgh, runs through Oct. 6.

Learn more about this exhibit here.

Photo of the painting in its packing crate courtesy of Stephen Grinch ’98, archivist, Otterbein University.

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