Events January 2020

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. 


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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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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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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