Events July 2019
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.
Auditions: Soul of the City Actors
Here's your chance to step back in time and make history.
The Soul of the City Tour of Elmwood Cemetery takes place every October, and this year it's happening on October 24th, 25th, and 26th. Maybe you've heard of it before. It's the event where actors wear historical costumes and portray the interesting individuals who rest at Elmwood Cemetery.
This event is a huge success for Elmwood. Part community theatre, part living history, part museum work, this event celebrates the people who made Memphis a fascinating place. Some of them are famous. Some are infamous. All of them gave a part of themselves during their lives to the fabric of our city's history.
If you're an actor - professional or volunteer - and you'd like to audition for a role in the tour, then here is your chance to be a part of a very original performance. Email kim [at] elmwoodcemetery [dot] org and we will schedule your audition time on Saturday, July 20th. Please include a headshot (a selfie will do!) with your email.
Auditions will begin at 8:30 AM.
Jimmy Ogle's Tour of Elmwood Cemetery
Historian Jimmy Ogle has delivered hundreds of presentations on the history of the city of Memphis and he's always a hit! His work has focused on the Gayoso Bayou, the Commercial Appeal, the wreck of the Sultana, and Memphis history. This walking tour of Elmwood will illuminate Jimmy's favorite sites at the cemetery on the west side of the cemetery grounds, near the beloved Snowden and Overton monuments, "Jeffrey's swing", Dr. D.T. Porter, and so much more.
Jimmy is a beloved storyteller and public speaker, and advance registration is highly recommended. This tour is expected to sell out. This tour is offered at 9:00 am only. Cost is $20 per person. For more information, call 901-774-3212.
Jimmy Ogle's Cotton Men of Elmwood Talk
Elmwood Loves Jimmy! Join us on Saturday, July 27th at 11:00 am in the Lord's Chapel at Elmwood Cemetery for past Shelby County Historian Jimmy Ogle's indoor presentation, "Cotton Men of Elmwood". Elmwood Cemetery is the final resting place for people from all walks of life, and that includes the cotton factors who helped to drive the trade through the city of Memphis. We invite you to hear their stories from one of the midsouth's finest storytellers!
Jimmy is a beloved storyteller and public speaker; advance registration is highly recommended. This seated, indoor, air-conditioned presentation will begin at 11:00 am. Cost is $20 and beverages and light snacks are included. For more information, call 901-774-3212.
Jimmy Ogle's Historic Memphis Riverfront Talk
Join us on Saturday, July 27th at 1:00 pm in the Lord's Chapel at Elmwood Cemetery for past Shelby County Historian Jimmy Ogle's indoor presentation, The Historic Memphis Riverfront. Mr. Ogle has spent countless hours studying the history of Memphis, our cobblestones, the riverboats and riverboatmen who lived and worked on the Mississippi, and the trade that grew Memphis into a booming metropolis. Join us and learn more about this fascinating part of Memphis history!
Jimmy is a beloved storyteller and public speaker; advance registration is highly recommended. This seated, indoor, air-conditioned presentation will begin at 1:00 pm. Cost is $20 and beverages and light snacks are included. For more information, call 901-774-3212.