Members of the Historical Commission serve four-year terms and are appointed by the Shelby County mayor and confirmed by the Shelby County Commission. In all, this commission is comprised of 33 members.
Chairman: Laura Todd
County Historian: Jimmy Ogle
County Genealogist: Kathryn Graehl
County Register: Tom Leatherwood
Dr. Jay Bobo
Dr. E.C. Curt Fields
LaSimba Gray, Jr.
2016 / 2017
Functions & Authority
The Commission works on behalf of historical awareness, preservation and education. Some of the duties include:
reviewing and approving requests for historical markers
maintaining a reference book on all historical markers in the county
directs media and public attention to historic preservation issues
recognizes with awards area high school and college historical scholars
recognizes area historical authors and literary works
offers guest speakers to community organizations
participates in relevant historical commemorative events
interacts with schools and historic preservation groups in furtherance of these goals.
applies for, manages, and assists with grants from groups and foundations for historic purposes
NOTE: October 12, 2017 meeting will be held at Mallory-Neely House, 652 Adams Avenue(in the heart of Victorian Village) December 10, 2017 meeting is being held at the Scottish Rite, 825 Union, as our one "Field trip meeting to an historical site" annually. All other 2017 meetings will be held at the Archives Office, 980A Nixon Drive.
2017 Shelby County History Festival
12:00-5:00 P.M., Sunday, April 2, 2016
Hillwood Hall at Davies Manor Plantation
3570 Davieshire Road, Bartlett, TN.
The new slate of officers of the Historical Commission for the 2016-17 year are:
Chairman - Laura Todd
Vice Chairman - Sylvester Lewis
Treasurer - Judy Davis
Secretary - Dr. Nick Gotten
Shelby County Historical Commission Meeting -
Thursday, December 8, 2016- 3:00 p.m.
Shelby County Archives Office
980A Nixon Drive