Events

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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.

Once you register for an event through Eventbrite or over the phone you will be added to the registration list for that event. For Eventbrite registrations, you may print your receipt or save it to your mobile device, but it is not necessary. You can simply give your name, or the name of the purchaser, when you arrive for the event. 

Registration for all events at Elmwood Cemetery is final and non-refundable. 

Jan
18

A History of Death

A Suds & Stories Presentation

An Encore Presentation

How did ancient Egyptians bury their loved ones if they couldn't quite afford a pyramid? We'll start with the answer to that question and move forward through recorded history to more recent times, taking a look at subjects like Neanderthal burials, mummification, Irish wakes, sky burials, death photography, Victorian customs, the advent of the funeral home, green burials, and more. 

Join Elmwood Executive Director Kim Bearden at 1:00 pm for a 45 minute presentation on funerals, folklore, and how we've come to memorialize our loved ones during this indoor, seated talk. Snacks will be served. Cost is $20 per person and advance registration is highly recommended. Call 901-774-3212 with questions. 

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Jan
20

MLK Day of Service

Help us keep Elmwood Cemetery beautiful...

MLK Day is a day of service for many who live in the Memphis area. Join the staff of Elmwood for 90 minutes as we focus our clean up efforts on Dudley Street!

Elmwood Cemetery was founded in 1852 and the Dudley Street entrance needs some TLC. We'll be picking up litter, and we need helping hands to do it.

Please wear clothes that are weather-and-work-appropriate. We will meet at Elmwood's office at 9:00 AM on January 20th. Please bring work gloves if you own them and your own reusable water bottle. We're giving our volunteer friends a FREE audio tour of the cemetery grounds after the job is complete. It's our way of saying thank you!

Thank you for your commitment to beautifying Memphis and Elmwood Cemetery!

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Jan
25

Read In Peace: A Book Event at Elmwood

Meet Local Authors

Meet local authors at Elmwood Cemetery on Saturday, January 25th at 1:00 pm! Joining us for this book event are:

Chanelle Benz, The Gone Dead (fiction)

John Babb, Voices of the Dead (historical fiction)

Wayne Dowdy, Lost Restaurants of Memphis (history)

Susan Adler Thorp, Beloved: A View of One of The South's Oldest Jewish Cemeteries As Photographed by Murray Riss (photography)

Each author will speak about and read from their published work, taking your questions and signing copies, too! Elmwood is partnering with Novel Bookstore, who will be on site with a limited number of books by each author available for sale.

This event begins at 1:00 pm in the Chapel at Elmwood Cemetery. Seating is limited, and we encourage you to save a space and purchase admission soon!

Admission is $5 per person and all proceeds benefit nonprofit, historic Elmwood Cemetery.

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Feb
15

Love on the Rocks

A Walking Tour of the Romantically Challenged

Everyone enjoys a good love story, don't they? Join us for a tour of the cemetery on Saturday, February 15th at 1:00 pm and we'll take you to the sites of those who have loved deeply...and lost. These sometimes tragic tales of love gone wrong might leave you scratching your head and laughing out loud.

This tour is a great gift for the Valentine in your life. Bob Barnett, Elmwood's Assistant Director, begins the tour at the Elmwood Cottage. This walking tour takes place outdoors, so dress appropriately and be prepared to learn about the history of Memphis in a totally entertaining way. Registration is $20 per person. Adults only, please! 18 and over. 

Ticket sales begin January 4th. For more information, call 901-774-3212. 

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Feb
20

Harriet Tubman: One Woman's Journey

A play about America's leading abolitionist

February is Black History Month, and we invite you to learn from the experience of America's most revered abolitionist, Harriet Tubman, during a deeply touching play, “Harriet Tubman: One Woman’s Journey."

This play was written and will be performed solo by Jackie Murray, a professional singer/songwriter/actress and teaching artist with the Tennessee Arts Commission. Murray has performed numerous times in Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee for excited audiences, both young and old, in schools and universities.

This event takes place in the Chapel at Elmwood Cemetery. We will begin the performance at 7:00 pm sharp. Wine, beer, and light snacks will be made available to patrons. $20 per adult. Ticket sales begin January 9th.

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Feb
23

The Plagues of Early Memphis: Part I

A Suds & Stories Event

Typhus, typhoid fever...yellow fever, malaria...diphtheria, dropsy...gun shot?! "It's complicated"? Oh yes. We're talking about the causes of death for the settlers of Memphis during a 45 minute indoor, seated presentation on Sunday, February 23rd at 1:00 pm. Join Executive Director Kim Bearden for beer, wine and other beverages, light snacks, and a look at what it was that killed us in the good old days.

Advance registration and a fascination with the subject matter is required. Registration is $20 per person. This is an 18+ event. Ticket sales begin January 12th. For more information, please call 901-774-3212. 

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Feb
23

The Plagues of Early Memphis: Part II

A Suds & Stories Event

Debility. Brain fever. Dengue. Rheumatism. "Mania a portu"? 

Back by popular demand! Join Executive Director Kim Bearden for an indoor, seated presentation on the diseases that took the lives of early Memphians. This presentation is perfect for anyone interested in Memphis history and frontier medicine. If you've seen Part I and want more, this this one's just for you!

We'll meet on Sunday, February 23rd at 3:00 pm in the Chapel. Light snacks/beer & wine will be served. Cost is $20 per person. Limited space available, so register soon!  Ticket sales begin Janurary 12th.

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Feb
25

Join Our Volunteer Crew

And have lunch on us!

Have you been on a tour of Elmwood and thought to yourself how much you'd like to learn how to do what we do? Do you like history, trees, exercise, meeting new people with whom you share an appreciation - nay, a love of - all that good stuff?

Do you eat lunch at least once a day?

Do you really want one of our Volunteer t-shirts?

Well, there's just one thing to do: come have lunch with us on Tuesday, Feb 25th at 11:30 am. Bring your desire to help a growing tour guide program for an old (but still very good looking) active historic nonprofit cemetery.

Please email Amanda at elmcem [at] gmail [dot] com to let us know you're coming. If you need directions, more information, or you simply prefer talking to an actual human being, call our office at 901-774-3212.

Feb
29

The Memphis Upstanders Tour

A History Tour

The older I get the greater power I seem to have to help the world; I am like a snowball - the further I am rolled, the more I gain.

-Susan B. Anthony

Another new offering from Elmwood Cemetery! Assistant Director Bob Barnett will guide guests on a 90 minute walking tour of the activists and agitators who rest beneath our trees. You will visit civil rights activists, suffragists, political leaders, business people, and clergy on this tour. These are the people that stood up and made the world a better place - and they were from Memphis.

This tour begins at 1:00 pm on Saturday, February 29th. We will cover a great deal of the cemetery grounds on foot and excellent walking shoes and weather-appropriate clothing are recommended. Advance registration is required by clicking on the link below or by calling 901-774-3212. $20 per person; all proceeds go to the maintenance of Elmwood Cemetery. Ticket sales begin January 18th.

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Mar
15

The Emerald Isle: The Irish (& Scots!) of Elmwood

A Suds & Stories Event

Erin go Bragh! Join the staff of Elmwood Cemetery in the Lord's Chapel at 3:00 pm on Sunday, March 15th for a unique treat in recognition of St. Patrick's Day. 

We'll kick off with Irish-themed treats, and beer and wine will be served. Next, we will offer a 45 minute seated presentation on the Irish and the Scots who rest at Elmwood and their fascinating lives. Stories of influence, success, and good old pluck will be told! 

Advance registration for this event is required. Registration is $20 per person. For more information, call 901-774-3212. Ticket sales begin Feburary 2nd.

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