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  Laura Todd, Chairman
  Sylvester Lewis, Vice-Chairman
  Dr. Nicholas Gotten, Secretary
  Judy Davis, Treasurer
  Jimmy Ogle, County Historian
  Kathryn Graehl, County Genealogist

  Tom Leatherwood, County Register
  Advisory Board:
  Lee Millar
  Douglas Cupples
  Alan Doyle
  Dr. John Harkins

James Cole, Mark Stansbury, Dr. Curt Fields, Graydon Swisher, Cody Fletcher, Randall Thomas, Lysbeth Francis, Yvette Warren, Nona Allen, Mike Freeman, Justin Askew, Dr. LaSimba Gray  Valerie Barfield, Kenyata Hooks, Mark Buchanan,   Kevin Quinn, Dr.  Phyllis Burns, Audrey Rainey, Dr. Jay Bobo, Andy Pouncey, Lauren Beaupre, John McNary

 

2017 SHELBY COUNTY HISTORY AWARDS DINNER

6:30 P.M. WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2

HILLWOOD HALL AT DAVIES MANOR PLANTATION
3570 DAVIESHIRE DRIVE BARTLETT, TENNESSEE

Our annual history awards dinner will have several features including the recognition of the Ed Williams History Teacher of the Year Award, recognition of the winners of the West Tennessee History Day District Contest held at the University of Memphis, and maybe a few other surprises.

Tickets are $25.00 per person, which includes the buffet dinner and we need your check and reservations by Friday, July 28.
Please make the check payable to Shelby County Historical Commission and mail to:
History Awards Dinner c/o Jimmy Ogle
4349 Sequoia Road Memphis, TN 38117

In 2017, some of the history organizations presenting their annual awards will be the West Tennessee Historical Society, Davies Manor Association, Descendants of Early Settlers of Shelby and Adjoining Counties, United Daughters of the War of 1812, West Tennessee Military Vehicle Collectors, Gen’l Forrest Historical Society, Sons of Confederate Veterans, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Daughters of the American Revolution, Shelby County Historical Commission, and more . . .

For information, contact Jimmy Ogle at 901-604-5002.

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SUMMER HIATUS FOR JIMMY O!
 

  Jimmy O will be taking a few months off this Summer from Talks & Tours. The free monthly tour of the Judge D'Army Bailey Courthouse will continue through the Summer at 12:00 noon on third Thursdays (June 15, July 20 and August 17). Speaking engagements that are not already scheduled will resume beginning January 1, 2018.

Contact: info@jimmyogle.com for scheduling.

  Daily tours of the Historic Peabody Hotel will be offered at 11:30 a.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays. The cost is $10 and reservations may be made by calling 901-529-4000, or at the Concierge Desk in the Lobby of the Peabody Hotel. On those same five days, come enjoy the daily marches of the World Famous Peabody Ducks at 11:00 am. and 5:00 p.m.


Thank you for your support of Jimmy Ogle Talks & Tours for the past ten years.

   

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VASCO A SMITH ADMINISTRATION BUILDING
LOBBY DISPLAYS - 160 NORTH MAIN STREET

With the recent completion of renovations of the Vasco Smith Shelby County Administration Building (160 North Main Street) in Downtown, Mayor Mark Luttrell has asked the Shelby County Historical Commission to coordinate rotating historical displays of rural Shelby County and countryside in the enclosed cases located in the first floor Lobby. The Lobby also features the seals of the seven incorporated municipalities (Arlington, Bartlett, Collierville, Germantown, Lakeland, Memphis, Millington) above the elevators, and portraits of the four Shelby County Mayors (Roy Nixon, Bill Morris, Jim Rout and A.C. Wharton).

Dedication is set for 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 8 and the inaugural exhibit features H.A.R.E. (Historic Archives of Rosemark & Environs. This area in northeast Shelby County recently received listing on the National Register of Historic Places and has a very active historic preservation group of citizens. Penny Glover and Molly Hampton have spent quite a few hours loading the three display cases with all sorts of items that display life and times of the Rosemark and Barretville communities, along with three pop-up displays.

Two historical markers have been installed in the Rosemark and Barretville area this year (Bobby Blue Bland by the Tennessee Historical Commission, and Anthony Chapel School and Greenwood AME Church & Cemetery by the Shelby County Historical Commission).

 

   

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H.A.R.E. Exhibit in County Lobby Receives Raves Reviews!

With the recent completion of renovations of the Vasco Smith Shelby County Administration Building (160 North Main Street) in Downtown, Mayor Mark Luttrell has asked the Shelby County Historical Commission to coordinate rotating historical displays of rural Shelby
County and countryside in the enclosed cases located in the first floor Lobby. The dedication on Wednesday, July 8 of the inaugural exhibit featuring H.A.R.E. (Historic Archives of Rosemark & Environs) received reviews from a reception of over 100 people.

The program was led by Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell, County Commissioner Terry Roland, Rosemark resident Judge Jon McCalla and Jimmy Ogle, Shelby County Historian. The three exhibit cases are filled with over one hundred items relating to the history of northeast Shelby County, more specifically Rosemark and Barretville. Three roll-up banner displays also tell of the importance of mules and the agriculture of the area. Many thanks go to Penny Glover and Molly Hampton for the installation of the exhibit which is scheduled to be on display through the Autumn.
This area in northeast Shelby County recently received a listing on the National Register of Historic Places and has a very active historic preservation group of citizens. Two historical markers have been installed in the Rosemark and Barretville area this year (Bobby Blue Bland by the Tennessee Historical Commission, and Anthony Chapel School and Greenwood AME Church & Cemetery by the Shelby County Historical Commission). On June 26, the Tennessee Civil War Commission and the Tennessee Historical Commission unveiled another marker in its statewide program entitled “Hurst’s Raid at Barretville.”

The Lobby also features the seals of the seven incorporated municipalities (Arlington, Bartlett, Collierville, Germantown, Lakeland, Memphis, Millington) above the elevators, and portraits of the four Shelby County Mayors (Roy Nixon, Bill Morris, Jim Rout and A.C. Wharton).

 

 

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ORANGE MOUND TO DISPLAY 126 YEARS OF HERITAGE COUNTY LOBBY BEGINNING FEBRUARY 2


From Orange Mound Gallery and the Melrose Center for Cultural Enrichment, in 1890 the nation's first neighborhood planned to enable to purchase land and home, will display its illustrious heritage that has been second to no neighborhood or area of the Shelby County. In 2016, Orange designated a Preserve America Community by President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.

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In September, the Germantown Museum Association acknowledged the City of Germantown's 175th year of existence from 1841-2016 (donransbicentennial). The east Shelby County community lays claim to one of the first social living experiments in America (Nashoba in the 1820s; is a community built up along the first railroad line to connect the Atlantic Ocean wit the Mississippi River in 1857; and annually hosts one of the oldest and largest equestrian gatherings in America (69th Germantown Charity Horse Show in 2017). Andy Pouncey (Germantown City Historian) and Jacque Clift led the effort which even included a Germantown Speed Limit sign for "HORSES 10 MPH".

 

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In May, the City of Bartlett displayed its illustrious history during its Sesquicentennial Celebration (150 years), 1866-2016. The Bartlett Historical Society located in the Gotten House and the Bartlett Sesquicentennial Celebration put together a very nice display, from the town that was once known as Green Bottom and Union Depot. Many thanks to Sue and Jack Coleman from the Bartlett Historical Society, and Debbie Gelineau from the City of Bartlett for their work on the wonderful displays.

 

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  On December 21, the Morton Museum of Collierville and Main Street Collierville opened the second exhibit under the supervision of Ashley Carver and Laura Todd, and many thanks to Collierville Mayor Stan Joyner for his kind words at the Opening.

 

 

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D'Army Bailey Courthouse Tours

  Now that Jimmy O is back in Downtown daily thanks to the new job as Community Engagement Manager with the Riverfront Development Corporation, he will be able to resume a tour of the Courthouse on either the third or fourth Thursday of each month. Courthouse Tours are free, handicapped accessible, cameras are allowed for these tours (special exemption) and we assemble at 12:00 noon on the southwest steps of the Courthouse (Second/Adams).

  Highlights of the tour of Memphis & Shelby County's grandest public building (which opened in 1910) include (exterior) the six marble statues, web scenes in pediments depicting six aspects of law; (interior) the Grand South Hallway & Museum, six display cases of Courthouse, archives, seven different kinds of marble, Cuban mahogany wood, pedestal & bust of Andrew Jackson (dating back to 1835), historic cuspidor; visits to the Antique Courtroom and Shelby County Law Library; and numerous stories about the people, events and history of the courts of Shelby County, dating back almost 200 years.

June 15  - 12:00 noon

July 20  - 12:00 noon

August 17  - 12:00 noon

Created by John Blount, this slideshow
will give you a glimpse inside the
Shelby County Courthouse tour.

 

Many thanks to the Memphis Bar Association for authorizing and approving these tours, plus enhancing the visitors experience;
to the Shelby County government administration for allowing the tours in such a significant building with important daily operations;
and to the judges, clerks and staff working in the Shelby County Courthouse on a daily basis for their tolerance and patience of this "invasion" of their working spaces.

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Memphis Map for Elvis Fans

  
 
 

  The Memphis Map For Elvis Fans is out on the streets of Memphis, after a successful launch party at A. Schwab's on Beale Street on Monday, August 12. Being introduced during this year's Elvis Tribute Week by our good friends Andrea Shaw and Alan Grossman (from New York City), the "MMFEF" covers past and present Elvis related sites in Memphis, and recognizes many of the sites that no longer exist (for the first time).

  I met Andrea and Alan about 18 months ago, while  they were in Memphis (once again, as it turned out) to continue their "love affair" with Memphis, Tennessee. Within a few months, Andrew and Alan were contributors to the Memphis historical scene in another unsung way, and now have launched a beautiful fold-out map (be careful) and web site (www.memphismapforelvisfans) - all which is self-descriptive. The (18" X 24" once unfolded out) "MMFEF" is the most appealing tourist map of Memphis that I have ever seen, and I have been around here a long, long time doing this! They dropped by my office at Beale Street Landing last weekend to give me a map in advance, and I had Andrea autograph my first copy. There ya go . . .

  I was able to spend some time off and on with Andrea and Alan over the last year, and they have been on several of my walking tours of the streets of Memphis. Jake Schorr of Westy's and The Carriage Company of Memphis was a contributor, but Sue Mack and Mike Freeman spent a lot of time authenticating the research of Andrea and Alan. The ultimate satisfaction of giving Talks & Tours in Memphis is to have out-of-towners like Andrea and Alan grasp what "Memphis" is, and then put their heart and souls into a project that benefits all. I am sure that we will be hearing and seeing more from them in the future.

!!! Now featured in the Wall Street Journal !!!


http://online.wsj.com/articles/in-era-of-google-maps-fans-of-paper-maps-refuse-to-fold-1415317412

 

A BIG MEMPHIS THANK YOU to Andrea and Alan!!

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"History is Made" at Westy's -- May 27, 2015!


JMO1, JBS3, JBS5, JBS4, JMO2, JMO3 (in arms)
That's about 250 years of Jimmy Ogles and Jake Schorrs!

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Old Forest Trail Hike in Overton Park

Believe it or not, one of the best times to visit the Old Forest is in the Winter, when all the leaves have fallen and one can actually see "through" the upper canopy for several hundred yards.  At this time, one can really see how tall some of the trees tower.  The forest floor become somewhat barren and a Winter stage of life takes place.  Even the poison ivy takes a nap (not really, it just discolors!).

10:00 a.m. Every Second Saturday & Last Sunday of Each Month

Saturday  –  April 8, May 13, June 10, July 8

Sunday  – April 30, May 28, June 25, July 30

Assemble at the Lick Creek Bridge, just south of the Rainbow Lake parking lot
or just east of the # 2 tee of the historic Overton Park Golf Course, on Old Forest Lane, of course!
This 90-minute hike is different every time it is taken, as the Old Forest has a new story to unveil every day . . .

 

!!!  T-SHIRTS AVAILABLE  !!!

In honor of the 40th anniversary of the Citizens to Preserve Overton Park v. Volpe
U.S. Supreme Court decision, we've reproduced a vintage CPOP shirt from the 1970s.

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Thanks to the great people at Bluff City Sports
for spiffing up the original design for us!

We will mail you this fabulous shirt as a thank-you gift when you donate $15 or more to Citizens to Preserve Overton Park.
You can fill out the
handy form on our website to donate securely online with your credit card or Paypal account.

If you would rather pick up your shirt in person and/or pay by check,
please email us at
overtonparkforever@gmail.com to make arrangements.

Many thanks to citizens George Cates and Gary Shorb, Senator Beverly Marrero, Representative Jeanne Richardson, Councilperson Jim Strickland and Governor Bill Haslam for The Old Forest of Overton Park the 82nd State Natural Area in the State of Tennessee this Summer. Also, stay tuned for updates about the formation of the Overton Park Conservancy to protect and upgrade Memphis' greatest park.

Speak Up for Overton Park, visit www.overtonparkforever.org.

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