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. 

Aug
9

Elvis Connections

A Self-Guided Tour

Occasionally, the staff of Elmwood is asked if Elvis is buried here (he isn't). Fans know that he was once buried in a mausoleum at Forest Hill Cemetery in Midtown Memphis and later relocated to Graceland, where he's buried with his family on the property. 

That doesn't mean that there aren't Elvis connections at Elmwood! We've put together a booklet of 9 sites within the cemetery that will connect visitors to the more historic parts of Elvis Presley's story, and to the city of Memphis. Some connections are close and others are more historic, but they're all here and worth visiting! The cost of the booklet, which contains a self-guided map to the sites, is $15 each, and all proceeds support the maintenance of historic Elmwood Cemetery. 

The Elvis Connections booklet will be made available to visitors beginning Thursday, August 6th, and anytime the office is open thereafter. Office hours are M-F from 8 am - 4:30 pm and Saturday from 8 am - noon. It can also be purchased online.

Call for directions or with questions to 901-774-3212.  

Aug
19

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 2:00 pm for a 45 minute presentation on funerals, folklore, and how we've come to memorialize our loved ones during this indoor, air-conditioned, seated talk. Beer, wine, and snacks will be served. Cost is $15 per person and advance registration is highly recommended. Call 901-774-3212 with questions. 

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Sep
6

The Voices of Yellow Fever

A Mid-Day Performance

Yellow fever (also known as Yellow Jack, the American Plague and the Saffron Knight) decimated the city of Memphis for much of the 1870's. So many died of the fever or fled that the city lost its charter, becoming a taxing district under Nashville. This plague would claim thousands of lives. Many of the individuals who tried to help stop the scourge of yellow fever rest at Elmwood. 

Join the Elmwood Players as they present a first-person narrative account of what life was like during the yellow fever. You'll meet costumed characters with stories of triumph and tragedy that will leave you breathless.

Lunch is served with this event, which begins at noon in the Chapel.  The cost is $20 per person. Advance registration is required. Call 901-774-3212 for information or to register. 

  

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Sep
6

The Voices of Yellow Fever

A Very Special Evening Encore Performance

Yellow fever (also known as Yellow Jack, the American Plague and the Saffron Knight) decimated the city of Memphis for much of the 1870's. So many died of the fever or fled that the city lost its charter, becoming a taxing district under Nashville. This plague would claim thousands of lives. Many of the individuals who tried to help stop the scourge of yellow fever rest at Elmwood. 

Join the Elmwood Players as they present a first-person narrative account of what life was like during the yellow fever. You'll meet costumed characters with stories of triumph and tragedy that will leave you breathless.

Wine, beer, and light hors d'oeuvres are served with this event, which begins at 6:00 in the Chapel.  The cost is $20 per person. Advance registration is required. Call 901-774-3212 for information or to register. 

  

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Sep
8

Yellow Fever: A Tour of the Plague

A Walking Tour of Elmwood

The history of the Yellow Fever epidemics of 1873, 1878, and 1879 can be found at Elmwood Cemetery. The Howard Association, the Citizens' Relief Committee, the Sisters of St. Mary's, and individuals who fought valiantly against the spread of the scourge rest at Elmwood. Join Assistant Director Bob Barnett for an all-walking tour through the cemetery grounds and learn their stories. 

This tour lasts 90 minutes, starts at 10:30 AM, and registration is required. The cost is $20 per person. To register by phone, call 774-3212.  

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Oct
6

Scandals & Scoundrels: SOLD OUT

A Walking Tour of Elmwood's Notorious Residents

SOLD OUT

Among Elmwood's 75,000 residents are the famous and infamous.  Sinners and saints. Mayors and madams. Politicians and perfectly ordinary citizens. Each of them has a story to tell...and some of those stories don't have happy endings.

Join us for a look at the lives of those who contributed the notorious stories of Memphis history that we love to hear. This tour is for grown-ups only, please. Veteran tour guide Dale Schaefer will be the docent for this tour.

This tour is all-walking and lasts about 90 minutes. Advance registration is required. Cost is $20 per person. Starts at 1:00 pm.

 

Oct
25

Preview Performance: Soul of the City

It's the Soul of the City Tour made easy! Join us after work on Thursday, October 25th for an indoor, seated, and totally air-conditioned version of our most popular event of the year. Several costumed actors will appear for this event and deliver history-based narratives while you relax with us inside the Chapel. 

This event is fantastic for mobility-impaired individuals who wish to take part in the Soul of the City Tour! We will begin at 6 P.M. Admission is $15 and there will be only one performance. For more information, call 901-774-3212.

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Oct
26

The Soul of the City

Elmwood Rises October 26-27

Saints and sinners. Patriarchs and politicians. Suffragists, scoundrels, leaders of the Civil Rights movement. Veterans of all the wars, and many more.

This year, we’re expanding your all-access pass to Memphis history.

Join us Friday, October 26th or Saturday, October 27th for a tour like none other. Elmwood Cemetery presents The Soul of the City, a two-night engagement that will introduce you to some of the storied folks buried in your city cemetery.

Sponsorship information is available by contacting Kim Bearden at kim [at] elmwoodcemetery [dot] org or calling 901-774-3212.

Nov
10

Tree Tour of Elmwood

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 Elmwood volunteer Ruth Martin as she leads a tree tour of the cemetery grounds. Cost for the tour is $20 per person. This all-walking tour begins at 10:30 a.m.  

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