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Visitors are welcome to step back into history and experience eighty acres of stately trees and statuary in the beautiful blend of nature and art that is Elmwood Cemetery.

Please come by the Victorian Carpenter Gothic Cottage which serves as our Visitor Center for maps, audio tours, picnic tables and handicap accessible restrooms. Research assistance is also available in the cottage, and security is on the grounds during business hours.



Tickets purchased for any of the events below are not refundable. Coupons are used for "Elmwood 101" tours only.  

Apr
8

The Civil Rights Leaders of Elmwood

A Lunch & Lecture Presentation

A.W. Willis, Maxine Smith, Benjamin Hooks, Marvin Ratner. These are some of the leaders of the Civil Rights Movement who rest at Elmwood. Before they laid to rest, they helped to begin to transform the United States, and the world, into a place that embraces equality for all. 

Join Dr. Beverly Bond of the University of Memphis as she explores the lives of these amazing pioneers. This presentation will begin at noon in the Lord's Chapel. Bring your lunch if you like; we'll supply a drink and a sweet treat. Reserve your seat here or call 901-774-3212.

This lunch & lecture presentation is brought to you through a special grant fromt he Crawford-Howard Private Foundation.  

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Apr
11

Spring Tree Tour of Elmwood

A Walking Tour of Elmwood's Arboretum

Elmwood is home to almost 1,500 trees. Many of these trees are tagged, but there's so much more to know about a tree than its scientific and common name. Some of the trees that live in Elmwood are older than the cemetery! The trees of Elmwood are so beloved that the cemetery was even named for a tree.

Join us for this tree tour of the cemetery grounds with Elmwood volunteer Jim Dennis. Cost for the tour is $10 per person. This all-walking tour begins at 10:30 a.m.  Call 901-774-3212 for more information.

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Apr
18

African-American History Tour

A Walking Tour of Elmwood

The south's first African-American millionaire. A hero of the 1878 yellow fever epidemic. Memphis' first African-American schoolteacher. These are only three of the individuals you will learn about, and visit, during this African-American History Tour of Elmwood. 

This walking tour will be lead by Elmwood volunteer Dale Schaefer and will last approximately 90 minutes. Walking shoes and weather-appropriate clothing are suggested. Register for this event by clicking on the link below or by calling 901-774-3212. Cost is $15 per person. Starts at 10:30 AM.

 

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Apr
25

Stone College

An Elmwood University Workshop

Elmwood is known for its large collection of Victorian funerary art. Students enrolling in Stone College will be trained to assist in the preservation of Elmwood’s oldest and most fragile monuments. This workshop will focus on cleaning, leveling and restoring monuments. Graduates of this three hour workshop will be invited to participate in scheduled monument cleanings and restoration events throughout the year.

This workshop is scheduled for Saturday, April 25th from 9:00-11:30 am. The cost to attend is $25/person. Advance registration is required. Please wear comfortable clothing that you do not mind getting dirty. For more information about Stone College, please visit our page about Elmwood University.

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May
9

Mother's Day Tea

Take time out from the hustle and bustle and enjoy a lovely mid-morning tea at Elmwood. After "momosas" and tea, there will be an abbreviated tour of the cemetery grounds. What a grand way to spend a spring morning!

Comfortable walking shoes and weather-appropriate clothing is recommended. Admission is $35 per person and advance registration is required. This event begins at 10:00 AM.

 

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May
13

Farewell in Splendor: The Passing of Queen Victoria and Her Age

A Read In Peace Book Club Meeting

An amazon.com review states of this work by Jerrold M. Packer:

"An analysis of the British Empire during the time that immediately followed the death of its longest reigning monarch offers insight into a nation on the brink of change and the political and international climate that surrounded it." 

Elmwood Cemetery is the south's finest example of a Victorian cemetery. Queen Victoria's life of mourning directly impacted the development of these beautifully shaded and adorned 80 acres. 

Victoriana-Historian Jeanne Crawford will join the group to talk about Victorian mourning customs, as well! 

This book may be purchased online and through special advance order at Burke's Bookstore. Please call 901-774-3212 to reserve your seat at the table, or email historian [at] elmwoodcemetery [dot] org. Meetings begin at 10 AM in the Lord's Chapel. 

May
14

African-American Genealogy in the 21st Century

A Lunch & Lecture Presentation

Genealogist Tiffany Momon, creator of blackripley.com, will speak at noon on Thursday, May 14th, about her work in tracing her own family genealogy through the south and during the era of slavery. Her work to uncover her own family's history has inspired her to earn a Masters degree in public history. She'll talk about her study of history in this hour-long presentation. 

Reserve your seat here or call 901-774-3212 for further information. Advance registration is required.  

This Lunch & Lecture Presentation is brought to you by a special grant from the Crawford-Howard Private Foundation.  

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May
22

An Evening Tour of Elmwood

How would you like to step back in time and see the world through Victorian eyes? The Elmwood trees and 80 acres of adornments will enchant you as you stroll through the cemetery after hours. Who knows what sights and sounds await to spark your imagination? 

Gather at the Cottage at 5:30 pm for a walk through the cemetery at dusk with Executive Director Kim McCollum. Beverages will be available at a donation bar.

Reservations required. Admission is $20. Click below to sign up, or call 901-774-3212.  

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May
25

Memorial Day at Elmwood

A Clean-Up & Tour Event

Join the staff of Elmwood on Monday, May 25th, for a traditional Memorial Day clean up at Elmwood. We invite all of our families and friends to bring their work gloves, rakes, and plastic bags and perform a clean up of your family lot, Confederate soldiers rest, or any place in the cemetery that beckons you. 

We'll welcome you at 8 AM. Stop back by the Cottage where we'll serve lemonade and cookies until late afternoon. We will also pass out small American flags to place at the gravesites of your choosing. 

At 10:30 AM, there will be a special tour of Elmwood Cemetery! This tour is optional. It lasts 90 minutes and costs $15. Meet us at the Cottage at10:30 AM if you'd like to come along. 

This event is open to all. For information, call 901-774-3212.  

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Jun
10

Elmwood & the Civil War

A Lunch & Lecture Presentation

Civil War Historian Doug Cupples, Professor of History at the University of Tennessee's Health Science Center, will highlight the direct connections between Elmwood and the war on Wednesday, June 10th, at noon. There are 20 Confederate and Union generals at Elmwood, did you know? And Confederate Rest is the final resting place for 1,000 soldiers...

Bring your lunch and we'll provide a drink and a sweet treat. Registration is required. Sign up here or call 901-774-3212. Starts at 12:00 PM.

This Lunch & Lecture Presentation is brought to you by a special grant from the Crawford-Howard Private Foundation.  

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