Audio Tours

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Welcome to Cleveland Walks—a series of audio tours of Cleveland neighborhoods developed by the Center for Public History + Digital Humanities at Cleveland State University. Over time, we look forward to providing you with myriad tours of Cleveland’s most interesting and historically significant places. In the meantime, please enjoy the linked tours shown below and visit clevelandhistorical.org to view written profiles of hundreds of Cleveland-area sites and more than two dozen prose tours. All you need are a little bit of time; a smartphone, earbuds or headphones, and your legs. Enjoy.


Lincoln Park

During this audio tour—roughly 50 minutes—you will circumnavigate one of the Cleveland’s oldest and most interesting public spaces—Tremont’s Lincoln Park. On the way we’ll stop briefly at 10 structures where you’ll learn a bit about architecture, history, art and people.

 Your starting point is the northeast corner of Lincoln Park (where Kenilworth Avenue meets West 11th Street). There is plenty of on-street parking in the vicinity. To start the tour simply hit the “play” button. You may pause the tour at any time and then hit “play” to restart.

We hope you enjoy this installment of Cleveland Walks.


 

The Churches of Tremont

Nearly two dozen churches are hallowed evidence of Tremont’s deep ethnic roots. The area was settled by New England Puritans who founded Pilgrim Congregational Church. Soon after came the Irish, who founded Saint Augustine Parish, and Germans, who built Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church and Zion United Church of Christ. In the early 20th century, immigrants from southern and eastern Europe and the Middle East built many more houses of worship. Later in the century, older structures were repurposed to serve growing populations such as African-American and Hispanic.

This tour covers most of “Historic Tremont” and nine of its churches—a fair amount of walking to be sure; but also a degree of ecclesiastical density that may be unparalleled in the United States. However, there are many more churches in Tremont—particularly along Scranton Road—that are not on the tour. To learn about these, please visit clevelandhistorical.org and click the Tours button near the top.

Your starting point for this trek is the northeast corner of Fairfield Avenue and West 14th Street—right by the new freeway entrance in front of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church (your first stop). There is ample parking behind the church. To start the tour, simply hit the “play” button. You may pause the tour at any time and then hit “play” to restart.

We hope you enjoy this installment of Cleveland Walks.