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Many, many thanks to all of the people and organizations that help me do what I do.
I would encourage you to visit their websites and show your support where possible.

 


Memphis History is fascinating and below is a list of the books that I would recommend.
The books about Memphis that I like the most are probably best found at Burke's Book Store,
The Bookseller at Laurelwood or in the Hooks Public Library, 4th floor.

 

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Lizi Beard-Ward
artist extraordinaire

  Lizi’s artistic work consists of designs in acrylic, oil, pen and ink, wood construction and digital imagery. Commissioned by the Memphis Brooks Museum and the Pink Palace Museum, Lizi is known locally and nationally for her campy, funny Memphis art, faux finishing, stage set and designs, painted murals, courtroom exhibits and architectural renderings.

To see more of Lizi's work,
check out The Art of Lizi Beard-Ward on Facebook

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Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau

  Memphis online! The Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau was created in 1925 for the purpose of promoting Memphis as a desired destination for conventions and tourists. This is your immediate and best source for travel information --- hotels, attractions, and restaurants, plus online coupons that combine all your options to make your visit easier. They’ll show you why “America’s Friendliest City” has received so many Gold Service and Pinnacle Awards.

Visit Memphis online at Memphis Travel.

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Elmwood Cemetery

  Elmwood was established as part of the Rural Cemetery Movement which swept the nation in the early to mid 1800s. It is a classic example of a garden cemetery with its park-like setting, sweeping vistas, shady knolls, large stands of ancient trees, and magnificent monuments. Elmwood is the most historic ground in this part of the world. The dramatic Entry Bridge, the Carpenter-Gothic Office Cottage– the entire 80-acre cemetery – are all on the National Register of Historic Places, and Elmwood is also an official Bird Sanctuary and Arboretum.

To dig up more information, visit their website at elmwoodcemetery.org.

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Citizens to Preserve Overton Park

  Their mission is simple: To preserve and defend the Old Forest of Overton Park for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. Walk in the woods over the 1.5-mile trail through the Old Forest and savor the beauty of Overton Park. If you're not familiar with the Old Forest trails, please join CPOP at 10am on the second Saturday and last Sunday of every month, rain or shine, hot or cold for a free guided nature hike! Everyone is welcome.


To get involved, visit the CPOP website.

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Downtown Memphis Commission

  In 1977, the City of Memphis and Shelby County governments established the Center City Commission to capitalize on Downtown's role as the economic, cultural, and governmental heart of the city and county. Today their focus is to improve the economy of Memphis and Shelby County by coordinating an aggressive public/private program to promote the redevelopment and economic growth of the Central Business Improvement District (CBID)", the area referred to as "Downtown".


Find out what's happening in DowntownMemphis.

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University District Memphis News

  The University District Memphis News is a communication tool for our neighborhood residents, businesses and civic organizations that celebrates our local community by sharing news stories and individual experiences.
Their website presents informative photographs, multimedia and stories provided by community members with editorial and technical support from The University of Memphis. The UDistrict Hyperlocal Hub welcomes submissions relative to the University of Memphis District community. Submissions may include, but are not limited to, information about upcoming events, news articles, editorials and lifestyle features.

Get educated at the University District Memphis News.

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Mississippi River Corridor

  The Mississippi River Corridor is dedicated to the economic development, land conservation, environment and wildlife preservation of the six counties that border the Mississippi River along the entire western border of Tennessee. The six counties that comprise the Corridor are Shelby, Tipton, Lauderdale, Dyer, Lake and Obion. Its mission is to identify, conserve and interpret the region’s natural, cultural and scenic resources to improve the quality of life and prosperity in West Tennessee.


Float over to
the Mississippi River Corridor.

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KWAM AM990 Talk Radio

  Talk about Memphis, listen about Memphis, learn about Memphis. KWAM 990 is The New Voice of Memphis! Business, Entertainment, Politics and Sports are just a few of the topics and subjects explored all day, every day. Follow Earle Farrell, Chris Wade and the Variety Hour with a different local host every weekday.


Tune in and turn on to
KWAM AM990 Talk Radio.

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Memphis Map For Elvis Fans

  Andrea Shaw and Alan Grossman are fans from New York City who came to Memphis looking for Elvis and ended up falling in love with the city.
Years ago they visited Memphis to see Graceland and discovered there was no single map to guide them to other Elvis sites in the city. After 3 years of research they hired one of the country’s top map illustrators along with an award-winning art director/graphic artist to produce the first illustrated map of Memphis that is based on Elvis’s life.
This map helps to plan a visit to Memphis, serves as a guide for a self-conducted tour of downtown and is the perfect souvenir to remember your visit. Even if you’re not able to visit Memphis, the map help’s you visualize how Elvis lived in the city he called home.

Study the Memphis Map For Elvis Fans.

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SAMA

  The objectives of the Summer Avenue Merchants Association are to represent and advance the interests of the businesses on Summer Avenue, establish the growth and beautification of Summer Avenue by seeking the improvement of dwellings and landscaping, establish mutual protection and safety, and to promote the commercial and economic development of Hispanic businesses in the area.


Ride down to
the SAMA.

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The Memphis Cotton Museum

  When you visit the Cotton Museum, you're treading on the legendary floor of the Memphis Cotton Exchange—where cotton traders once stood at the center of the global cotton economy. Until recently, no one was allowed in here except members and their guests.
Now this spectacular room is open to the public. It has been painstakingly restored and is devoted to sharing the story of cotton—the crop that created empires, transformed American culture, and changed the history of a nation and the world.


See history for yourself at
the Memphis Cotton Museum.

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Ogle Entertainment

    Ogle Entertainment has been serving East and Middle Tennessee for over a decade. We service all types of events including corporate parties, proms, birthdays, and Weddings in Knoxville TN and the surrounding area. One reason for our success is our ability to adapt to each event, by identifying YOUR needs. We can also suggest additional ideas that can make your event the one you've always dreamed of. Our DJs maintain a fun but professional tone and can be as interactive or as "behind the scenes" as you need them to be. Our DJs always dress in tuxedo unless otherwise specified by the client. Our equipment is top of the line and neatly presented. We work tirelessly for the reputation we have earned and we want to be your DJ! During the planning process, you are provided with a song list to get you started selecting your own mix! Also, an event questionnaire is provided to give us all an idea of what your vision is for you wedding or special occasion.

Find your entertainment at Ogle Entertainment.

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Memphis Heritage

  Memphis Heritage, Inc. was founded in 1975 as a non-profit educational and charitable organization. Since 1975, we have been the voice for the preservation of the Memphis area's architectural heritage. From the Hill mansion on Union Avenue throughout the surrounding area, Memphis Heritage keeps working to educate and coordinate individuals and groups to save, improve, reuse, and maintain architecturally and historically significant buildings, streets, neighborhoods, parks, and cultural artifacts of Shelby County, Tennessee.


Come find out how you can become an active part of Memphis Heritage.

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The University of Memphis

  Professional & Continuing Education at the University of Memphis provides non-credit courses to learners from every walk of life. Your support helps to provide courses and programs for both personal and professional growth and development. Our courses help you advance your career, develop your creative potential, and gain new skills. Thanks to your ongoing support, the University of Memphis is building the strongest and most extensive continuing education program in the region.

Expand your mind at The University of Memphis.

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Original Memphis

  Built on a bluff, and always on the precipice. That’s Memphis — teetering between north and south, east and west, rich and poor, black and white. This town of tensions tells a tale unlike any other. If you like mesmerizing architecture, societal collision, restless ghosts, meteoric rises and tragic declines, you’ll love Original Memphis. Twenty-one historic sites. Countless inspiring stories.

Discover Original Memphis.

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FedEx St. Jude Classic

  The children at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital may never attend a golf tournament, but golf and the people in Memphis and the Mid-South play a major role in their care. The tournament now known as the St. Jude Classic was founded in 1958 as the Memphis Open by seven Memphis businessmen who hatched their plan in the grill at the old Colonial Country Club in East Memphis. With an initial purse of $20,000, the founders had little idea that their creation would one day become the world class event it is today.

Get on course at the FedEx St. Jude Classic.

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Center For Southern Folklore

  The Center for Southern Folklore is a private non-profit organization dedicated to documenting and presenting the people, music and traditions of the region. Experience the music, lifestyles, arts and foods of the Memphis/Delta area men and women, young and old who we've talked to and learned from since the early 1970s.

Experience the Center For Southern Folklore.

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West Tennessee Historical Society

The West Tennessee Historical Society, which traces its ancestry back to the 1857 founding of the Old Folks of Shelby County, is the umbrella heritage organization for the Western Grand Division of Tennessee. Within its twenty-one counties, it supports historical programs, archives, publications, preservation, markers, museums, and other historical collections. The WTHS promotes all aspects of state and local history.

Live history at the West Tennessee Historical Society.

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Kentucky to Memphis Bicycle Tour

  The K2M Bicycle Tour is a route from Kentucky to Memphis that begins on Highway 157 just north of the Tennessee/Kentucky border and ends at the Mississippi River Greenbelt Park at Harbor Town in downtown Memphis. Included are maps, documentary video, photographs, GPS data and other information that are intended to be shared with anyone interested in riding the K2M route and exploring the spectacular bicycling country of West Tennessee.

Ride the Kentucky to Memphis Bicycle Tour.

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Jubilee Ltd

  There is not a more passionate Memphian and promoter of the City of Memphis than my long time friend, Don Hassell. I have known Don for almost thirty years and have observed his knowledge of Memphis history and heritage. You can choose from  a collection of products celebrating the great city of Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.A. Like no other place, this online store affords a wide selection of compelling and original Memphis-themed graphic designs, applied to stylish apparel and other useful items.

Shop Memphis at JubileeLtd

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Zippin Pippin

  On February 22, 2010 the Green Bay, WI. Park Committee approved buying the rights to the Zippin Pippin. The matter went before the G.B. City Council and on March 3, 2010 they gave their approval to purchase which included the rights to the name, design and any historic items. On March 19, 2010 the Mayor and representatives of Memphis based Save Libertyland, Inc. signed the $10,000 purchase contract.


Follow the DETOUR to the Zippin Pippin

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Remember Libertyland

  Remember Libertyland was launched on June 26th, 2006, around the time that parts of Libertyland were being auctioned off. Since then, I’ve been dedicated to documenting not only the park’s history, but what happens to what’s left of Libertyland in the future.

Join the cause at Remember Libertyland

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AIA Memphis

AIA Memphis
Established in 1953, AIA Memphis has served West Tennessee as the local chapter of The American Institute of Architects (AIA) headquartered in Memphis. Members of AIA from across the globe have worked with each other and their communities to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings and cityscapes. Our local voices join more than 85,000 architects and allied professionals who work together to create a better future by design. Our mission is to promote architecture and the profession; advocate for livable and sustainable communities; and serve as a resource for our members.

Shape Memphis with AIA Memphis

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Westy's

Located in the heart of The Pinch district, Westy's is home to one of the most famous delicacies in town: The Hot Fudge Pie.

Jake Schorr, co-owner of Westy's, invented the dessert back in the early 70's at another restaurant he owned at the time, Jefferson Square. It was a big hit, and he carried the recipe with him on to his next restaurant The North End - a place I went to many, many times - just for the pie. And now it's available at Westy's.

Fill your plate at Westy's

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Carriage Company of Memphis

Enjoy the peace and tranquility of years gone by, in our beautifully handcrafted carriages. Open year-round, we are available for shuttle service, tours and special occasions. Our tours are filled with interesting facts about Memphis history and our drivers want to make your ride extra special. Located in historic downtown Memphis Tennessee. Carriages are stationed in front of the Famous Peabody Hotel on Union Ave. We are also stationed at the corners of Second and Beale and Third and Beale. We can pick you up from your favorite restaurant or hotel.

Horse around with the Carriage Company of Memphis

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Shelby County Archives

The Shelby County Archives protects, preserves and provides public access to the permanent historical records of Shelby County Government. To accomplish this the staff and volunteers maintain an onsite research area for customer service and exhibits. Archives include:Tennessee Vital Records, Shelby County Records, Exhibits and Documentaries.

Dig deep into the Shelby County Archives

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Riverfront Development Corporation

The RDC's purpose is to plan, promote and coordinate the development and operation of amenities that will enhance the attractiveness, accessibility and economic value of the Memphis waterfront. Its purposes also include the development of public/private partnerships designed to implement the goals set forth in a Master Plan. Under contract with the City of Memphis, the Corporation will be responsible for planning, operating, and enhancing the riverfront parks, Mud Island River Park and the Promenade. They envision a  world class waterfront destination rooted in the unique history and character of Memphis that showcases the Mississippi River’s power and majesty and binds us together as a community.


View the vision at the Riverfront Development Corporation

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Mud Island River Park


The Mississippi River park located on Mud Island includes bike trails, pedal boats, and rafts, as well as a hydraulic scale model of the lower Mississippi River from Cairo, Illinois to New Orleans. Major cities and small towns located on the river are marked in the scale model, and markers explain history and facts about the river. The model empties into a "Gulf of Mexico" replica which was once a waterpark named Bud Boogie Beach, and on the other side is a small wooden boat named the Maymay which is no longer open to the public.
The Mississippi River Museum on Mud Island presents the history of the lower Mississippi river valley, with great emphasis on the steamboat, complete with a full-scale replica steamboat.
Mud Island is also home to a 5,000 seat outdoor amphitheater which has been used for a summer concert series for over two decades. The band Dash Rip Rock, which has played there several times, recorded a song named Mud Island that can be found on two of their albums. James Taylor, performing in the amphitheater during a light rainstorm in 1992, stuck his arm out into the falling water and remarked, "Mud Island... ominous name, eh?"

Walk the Mississippi River at Mud Island River Park

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Books and Resources

Memphis History is fascinating and below is a list of the books that I would recommend. The books about Memphis that I like the most are probably best found at Burke's Book Store, The Bookseller at Laurelwood or in the Hooks Library, 4th floor:

Metropolis of the American Nile by Dr. John Harkins
Historic Shelby County by dr. John Harkins
Yesterday's Memphis by Dr. Charles Crawford
Memphis In The Twenties by Robert Lanier
Memphis During The Progressive Era by William Miller
Past Times by Perre Magness
Elmwood by Perre Magness
Good Abode by Perre Magness
Memphis Medicine by Patricia LaPointe McFarland & Mary Ellen Pitts
A Pictorial History of Memphis by Kitty Plunkett
Notable Black Memphians by Miriam Decosta-Willis
Memphis Down In Dixie by Shields Mcilwaine
Nineteenth Century Memphis Families of Color by Roberta Church & Ronald Walter
Memphis and the Paradox of Place by Wanda Rushing
From Cotton Row to Beale Street by Robert Sigafoos
A Guide To Historic Downtown Memphis by William Patton
Bluff City Barristers by John Thomason
Biography of a River Town by Gerald Capers
At The River I Stand by Joan Beifuss
On This Day in Memphis History by Wayne Dowdy

There are six books by Paul Coppock that are from his newspaper columns (mostly):
Memphis Sketches
Memphis Memories
Paul Coppock's Mid-South - Vol. 1, 2,3 & 4

Four Mississippi River related books are:
The Sultana Tragedy by Jerry Potter
The Rising Tide by John Barry
A Century on the Mississippi (History of Corps of Engineers) by Dr. Floyd Clay
It Happened on the Mississippi River by James Crutchfield

There are also a ton of small "themed" (mainly photo) books about various Memphis topics like Music, Beale Street Cotton, Theatres, Bartlett, Cordova, Peabody Hotel, Overton Park, etc. by Images of America or Arcadia.

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