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Who am I and why do I do some of the things I do?


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Graduated with B.S. in Education from University of Memphis, 1980
Graduated Memphis University School, 1970
Graduated Presbyterian Day School, 1964

Employment History:
Duckmaster, Peabody Hotel, 2016 to Present
Riverfront Development Corporation Community Engagement Manager and General Manager of Beale Street Landing, 2011 to 2016
President, Rural Heritage Trust of Southwest Tennessee, 2016 to Present
Official Shelby County Historian, 2014 to Present

Public Records Commission, County of Shelby, Chairman, 2014-present
West Tennessee Historical Society, Vice President Shelby County, 2014 - present
Shelby County Courthouse Restoration Committee, Member, 2014-present
General Manager, Beale Street Landing, 2013-2014
Community Engagement Management, Riverfront Development Corporation, 2011- 2013
, 2014 to Present
Tournament Services Coordinator, FedEx St. Jude Classic, 2010-2012
Program Specialist, Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau, 2009-2010
Vice President, Ericson Group Inc, 2003-2009
Director, Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, 2000-2003
Vice President of Operations, Performa Entertainment (Beale Street) 1998-2000
General Manager, Memphis Queen Line, 1993-1998
General Manager, Schorr Management Company, 1987-1989
General Manager, Mud Island, 1985-1987 and 1989-1993
Deputy Director, Memphis Park Commission, 1984-1985
Administrative Manager, Memphis Park Commission, 1983-1984
Special Events Supervisor, Memphis Recreation Department, 1979-1983
Church Recreation Specialist, First Baptist, 1973-1979


Community Organizations:
Shelby County Task Force for Mississippi River Corridor, Member
West Tennessee Historical Society, Board Member
Citizens To Preserve Overton Park, Board Member
Save Libertyland/Remember Libertyland, President
Memphis Heritage
Shelby County Historical Commission, Member & Chairman (2011-2013)
Mississippi River Corridor Tennessee, Board Member, 2011-2016
Davies Manor Association, Board Member & President, 2013-present
Delta Everything Southern Conference, Planning Committee Member, 2012


Interests ["Hobby Jobs"] Over The Years:
Scoreboard Operator, University of Memphis Men’s Basketball
Stat Crew, University of Memphis Football
Instructor, Meeman Center For Lifelong Learning, Rhodes College
Scoreboard Graphic Artist, American Junior Golf Association
Tour Guide, Center City Commission, Downtown Walking Tours
Member, Citizens To Preserve Overton Park
Actor, Elmwood Cemetery Costume Twilight Tour
Step-On Guide, Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau
New York Times Crossword Society Member
Group Lecturer


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Spelling Champion, Presbyterian Day School, 1964

All-State Basketball (2nd Team), State of Tennessee, Memphis University School, 1970

Outstanding Leadership in Recreation Program, First Baptist Church, Memphis, 1979

Recipient of The Parker Brothers Award for Outstanding Planning and Execution Of A
Recreation Program from the Tennessee Parks & Recreation Association, 1981

Recipient of Memphis State Recreation Society Outstanding Alumnus Award, 1986

Recipient of Distinguished Downtowner Award from Downtowner Magazine, 2001

Recipient of the Darrell A. Ledet Award For Excellence In Service To The Memphis
Hospitality Industry by the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau, 2003

Recipient of the “Spirit Of Memphis” Award For Exemplifying the Best in Memphis Hospitality Industry
by the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau, 2008
(Note: Previous Recipients in the Past 20 Years were Sam Phillips, Larry Finch, George Klein, Billy Hicks, Jack Belz)

Honorary Duckmaster at The Peabody Hotel - February 26, 2011

Recipient of 2011 HARCANGEL Award for Exemplifying Unselfish Community Service
from Highland Area Renewal Corporation

Recipient of 2011 Volunteer Of The Year Award from Memphis Charitable Foundation & The Blues Ball.

Recipient of the 2012 Downtown Memphis Commission Vision Award for Special Achievement

Recipient of the Ellen Davies Rodgers Award from the Shelby County Historical Commission in 2013.

Received "Spirit of 1812 Award" from the National Society United Daughters of 1812 for Distinguished Record of Study, Promotion and Dedication to the Preservation of the History, People, Places and Events of the War of 1812. Presented by Piomingo Chapter in 2013

Appointed official Shelby County Historian by the Shelby County Commission - March 24, 2014

Received the First Star Spangled Banner Award for History in the County of Shelby, from the Piomingo Chapter of United States Daughters of 1812 - August 6, 2014

Recipient of 2016 Leadership In Historic Preservation Award from Historic Archives of Rosemark & Environs - August 3, 2016

Recipient of 2017 Excellence In Community Service Award from The National Society of the Daughters Of The American Revolution - March 25, 2017

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Jimmy Ogle Appointed Shelby County Historian

November 6, 2011 - Jimmy Ogle, a walking encyclopedia of Memphis history and lore, stands in a flower pot on Main Street while giving a tour along November 6th Street through downtown Memphis. Roughly 120 people strolled with him on the free, three-hour, walking tour that traveled from Beale Street to Shadyac Avenue in the Pinch District.
Photo by Mike Brown


Memphis Commercial Appeal-Mar 24, 2014 - Shelby County Commissioners on Monday selected Jimmy Ogle, chairman of the Shelby County Historical Commission, to serve as the county historian for the next six years.
Ogle, 61, was among three nominated and was head-to-head with 31-year-old Lauren Beaupre, whose youth some commissioners thought would bring a fresh perspective on the position, in the second round of voting.
Beaupre received four votes on the first round, and Ogle received five votes. Charles Crawford, 82, received two votes in the first round. On the second round of voting, Ogle received nine votes and Beaupre received four votes.

Memphis Daily News-Mar 24, 2014 - The Shelby County Commission has appointed Jimmy Ogle, chairman of the Shelby County Historical Commission, as the new county historian. Ogle, who is also general manager of Beale Street Landing and the Riverfront Development Corp., serves a six-year term in the unpaid position.
Ogle was selected Monday, March 24, in a process in which University of Memphis history professor Charles Crawford and Faith Christian Academy teacher Lauren Beaupre, who has also been a fellow at the Tennessee Center for Historic Preservation, were nominated. Ogle, who succeeds the late Ed Williams, is only the third person to hold the position of county historian and the first to serve with a specific term of office.


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RDC Deepens Cultural Resources with the Addition of Jimmy Ogle

  One of Memphis’ most well known advocates for local history and culture, Jimmy Ogle has joined the staff of the Riverfront Development Corporation as a Community Engagement Manager. His responsibilities will include the development of new ways for people to connect with one of our city’s greatest assets — the Mississippi River.

  Mr. Ogle will be involved primarily in program development. The first phase of his efforts will involve launching a new incarnation of his popular walking tour program and establishing a riverfront speakers’ bureau.

  Over the last 25 years, Jimmy has served in leadership positions with the Memphis Park Commission, Mud Island River Park, the Memphis Queen Line, Beale Street, the Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, and the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau. He has also played instrumental roles in a long list of community organizations (including the West Tennessee Historical Society, Memphis Heritage, the Center City Commission, Memphis in May and The Cotton Museum), and has emerged as one of the city’s foremost authorities on Memphis’ cultural assets and heritage.

“The story of our riverfront is amazingly fascinating and always evolving,” said Benny Lendermon, RDC’s President.
“I can’t think of anyone better to share that story than Jimmy.”

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 Downtown Memphis Commission 2012 Downtown Vision Awards

 On September 27 at its annual gathering, the Downtown Memphis Commission honored Jimmy O
with a 2012 Vision Award "Special Merit" for his efforts in giving Talks and Tours.

Other awards were given to Robert McGowan & Annie Mahaffey, Jason Wexler and
The University Of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.

  Jimmy Ogle: Downtown Vision Award for Special Achievement

  Do you know where November 6th Street gets its name? Or how many manhole covers are in Downtown? Jimmy Ogle can tell you! Nobody in Memphis knows the stories of our streets, sidewalks, buildings, characters, spaces and colorful history better than our affable urban history jock Jimmy Ogle.

  With keen fascination he is constantly on the hunt for new facts and clues to our past. Jimmy has spent years capturing and chronicling our city's stories, and what's more, eagerly sharing them with thousands of locals and visitors through walking tours, presentations and educational programs. Never boring, his energetic tours bring life to Downtown's brick and mortar, giving spirit and a connection to the city. By getting citizens to understand and know their neighborhoods, Jimmy is creating an army of ambassadors for Memphis and better citizens.

  Beyond his role as urban historian, Jimmy is the Community Engagement Manager at Riverfront Development Corporation and has managed several Downtown organizations like Mud Island River Park, Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum, Memphis Parks Commission and Memphis Queen Line.

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HARCANGEL Award Presented at Annual Highland Area Renewal Corporation Banquet

At the second annual HARC Community Banquet on August 18 at St. Luke United Methodist Church's gymnasium, Jimmy O was one of 18 individuals who received a HARCANGEL Award for Exemplifying Unselfish Service to the Community. Penny Hardaway was the keynote speaker and over 350 neighborhood residents were in attendance. St. Luke's Pastor Mark Matheny penned and read the following words (his fourth ode this year about Jimmy O) from a script for Jimmy O's acceptance:

"Our next HARCANGEL stands out in Neighborhood History Chronicling, not only in this Community, but City-wide.
Since he loves Rhyming, his Description comes via these Verses:

At Scorers' Table For Tiger Games, In Neighborhoods And Taking Names,
Exploring Storm Drains, Finding A Story, There's One Not Seeking Any Glory,
Who Deserves Angelic Praise, Or In The Least, Our Voice We Raise,
For Jimmy Ogle - It's No Rumor - Hurrah For His Work And Sense Of Humor!
Penny Hardaway Stands with Jimmy, Ready to Correct Any Past Mistakes in Tiger Scoring!"

While making the "University Of Memphis:  Know Your Neighborhood, Part One" presentation to a group of leaders and residents of the six neighborhoods surrounding the UM Campus at St. Luke's United Methodist Church on January 23rd, Mary Clyde McKnight came forward to ask me to include on this web site the announcement that the Highland Area Renewal Corporation (HARC) Community Garden is moving from its current site at the former Highland Street Church of Christ parking lot further south down Highland Street to the rear of the Knights Of Columbus Catholic Club, 707 South Highland Street.

The HARC Community Garden is in need of mulch, leaves, coffee grounds, manure, cinder blocks, jugs, and even donations.  For more information, call HARC at St. Luke's at 452-6262.

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Jimmy O Elected 7th Chairman of the Shelby County Historical Commission

Shelby County

The Shelby County Historical Commission (SCHC) was created in 1965 by the Shelby County Quarterly Court to assist the Shelby County Historian to collect, assemble, preserve, record, and to publish information and other material concerning all matters of history and biography for Shelby County, Tennessee. The SCHC shall also promote the study of the history of Shelby County in the schools and in other appropriate forums and shall erect historical markers throughout the county as funding is made available.

Previous Chairmen of the SCHC were Ellen Davies Rogers, Dr. Charles Crawford, Ed Williams III, Dr. Doug Cupples, Paul Matthews and G. Lee Millar. There have been two Shelby County Historians (a lifetime appointment) - Ellen Davies Rogers (1965-1997) and Ed Williams III (1997-present).

  Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell has a keen interest in history and has re-invigorated the SCHC with 23 new appointees in 2011. Jimmy has made new committee assignments (Finance, Heritage/Military, Markers, Awards, Historical Properties, Social Media and Books & Authors) and the SCHC members will be meeting during the Summer months formulating missions and ideas preparing for a new year which begins in September.

The Shelby County Historical Commission meets monthly on the fourth Thursday at 3:30 p.m. at the Shelby County Archives building, 980 Nixon Road (in the northwest Shelby Farms area near Mullins Station Road and the Greenline). Meetings are open to the public.

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