The Brady Heights Historic District of Tulsa will host Storytellers: Historic Home Tour 2017 on Sunday, October 15, 2017, from 10:00AM to 5:00PM. The tour will include around 10 homes in Tulsa’s oldest historic neighborhood. Tickets will cost $10 per person 12 years of age and older. Guests under 12 years old receive free admission. Tickets can be purchased on site at the tour’s starting point, the Centenary United Methodist Church, at 631 N. Denver Ave. Proceeds will benefit community projects of Brady Heights Historic District, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization which serves the residents of the neighborhood and the surrounding community.
Brady Heights Historic District, Inc. invites current and former residents of the neighborhood and the surrounding near-downtown communities to use this event as an opportunity for homecoming and sharing their personal stories of the people who have called this place home over the last hundred-plus years. Interested guests who would like to record their story on camera or on audio will be able to do so at Centenary United Methodist Church or at select tour homes. The neighborhood organization is very invested in identifying these stories which tell our past so that they can be saved for future residents to look back upon, especially those stories which nobody may be aware of today.
Since the neighborhood was established, thousands of people have called the Brady Heights Historic District home. These include some of the founding fathers of the City of Tulsa, displaced residents of the Greenwood District and Black Wall Street who were victims of the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921, Tulsans finding a place to call home after returning from World War II, members of the LGBTQ community who sought refuge in the neighborhood beginning in the 1970s and 1980s, and young professionals and their families who have purchased homes in the area to celebrate the recent revitalization of downtown Tulsa. The people of these different communities have the common ground of calling the same place home, and their stories are full of triumph, tragedy, healing, anger, humor, family, and all the other qualities which characterize humanity.
The design of homes in the Brady Heights Historic District also has a role in the stories that have been experienced over the years. With wide, welcoming porches, residents were and are able to call to each other and host informal gatherings. Detached garages provide an opportunity for neighbors to greet each other between the moment of parking a car and coming back into the home. With historic homes built primarily between 1900 and 1930, the built environment serves as a time capsule which tells a story of its own as well.