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Historical Commission


Second Thursday of the Month 3:00 pm
Shelby County Archives
Building 960 Nixon Drive
Memphis, TN 38134                                                                    
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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.

Current Members

Chairman:  Dr. Curt Fields
County Historian: Jimmy Ogle
County Genealogist: Elizabeth Hughes
County Register: Tom Leatherwood

Valerie Barfield  David Chase      James Cole         Lysbeth Francis
Nicholas Gotten             LaSimba Gray, Jr.      Susan Jones              Sylvester Lewis

Judy Davis 

Dr. E.C. Fields, Jr.       Michael Freeman John McNary
Henry McQuirter             Matthew Meador        Grover Mosley           Kevin Quinn
Dwight Fryer     Audrey Rainey   Brad Sinclair      Jack Smith
Joshua Shipley          Graydon Swisher, II    Mark Stansbury        June Whitehead
Hubert Thompson, Jr.    Laura Todd               Yvette Warren         Daniel Smith
 Jay Bobo  Todd Van Beck    

Functions & Authority

The Commission works on behalf of historical awareness, preservation and education. Some of the duties include:

    1. reviewing and approving requests for historical markers
    2. maintaining a reference book on all historical markers in the county
    3. directs media and public attention to historic preservation issues
    4. recognizes with awards area high school and college historical scholars
    5. recognizes area historical authors and literary works
    6. offers guest speakers to community organizations
    7. participates in relevant historical commemorative events
    8. interacts with schools and historic preservation groups in furtherance of these goals.
    9. applies for, manages, and assists with grants from groups and foundations for historic purposes
Scheduled meetings:
January 8
Feburary 12
March 12
April 9
May 14


The 2014 Shelby County History Awards Dinner was recently held at Hillwood Hall in Davies Manor.  179 folks from eleven local history organizations attended and over thirty individuals were recognized for the efforts and achievements during the past year, including students from Tennessee History Day competition.

Awards presented by the Shelby County Historical Commission were:

2013 Ed Williams Teacher of the Year - Dr. Scott Johnson, Lausanne Collegiate School
2014 Ed Williams Teacher of the Year - Sherrie Hopper, First Assembly Christian School
2014 Ellen Davies Rodgers Historian Award - John McNary, Shelby County Historical Commission

With the September 11 meeting, the new slate of officers of the Historical Commission for the 2014-15 year are:

Chairman - Dr. Curt Fields
Vice Chairman - Laura Todd
Treasurer - John McNary
Secretary - Dr. Nick Gotten

Shelby County Historical Commission Meeting - September 11
3:00 p.m. 
Thursday, September 11
Shelby County Archives Office 
980A Nixon Drive 


Meeting Minutes  from the June 26 meeting

For additional information about the Historical Commission, please contact Chairman Dr. Curt Fields at .

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