On Saturday, April 21, Lee University’s Department of History will present the 12th Annual Tour of Historic Homes in Cleveland.
The city of Cleveland has a proud history, and for over a decade the faculty and students of Lee University have explored that story by researching and presenting homes as part of the Rediscovering Historic Cleveland initiative.
The tours will introduce the families who first lived in the homes, bring to life the historical setting in which the homes were built, and help explain the evolving architecture and design of the houses.
“The house tour provides an opportunity for us to help the public experience a piece of our community’s history,” said senior history major Casey Trantham.
This year’s tour tells the story of five homes: the Johnston House at 1007 Harrison Pike, the Cate House at 340 Centenary Avenue, the Ault House at 480 21st Street, the Johnston-Campbell House at 885 Oak Street, and the Craigmiles House at 833 North Ocoee.
The house tour project relies on the hard work of Lee history students who are completing their senior year capstone experience, which includes a public history project (the annual house tour in the spring and, in the fall, the Fort Hill Cemetery Tour). Students conduct interviews, research family history, consider the homes’ architecture and design, write the tour guidebook, and provide commentary on the homes.
“Homes are a wonderful way to bring history alive. They allow us to think about how people lived in the past — and often these stories bring to life people who might otherwise be lost to history,” says Dr. John Coats, a professor of history at Lee, and the event’s coordinator.
Ticket sales begin on April 21 at 9 a.m. at 833 North Ocoee (the History Branch); sales end at 1 p.m. The homes will be open for tours until 2 p.m. The $5 admission will support the scholarships at Lee University.
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