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Second Thursday of the Month 3:00 pm
Shelby County Archives
Building 980A 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: Laura Todd
County Historian: Jimmy Ogle
County Genealogist: Kathryn Graehl  
County Register: Tom Leatherwood

  Justin Askew Dr. E.C. Curt Fields Sylvester Lewis       
  Valerie Barfield            Cody Fletcher      John McNary             

Lauren Beaupre

Lysbeth Francis      Kevin Quinn
  Dr. Jay Bobo      Mike Freeman     Audrey Rainey          
  Mark Buchanan Dwight Fryer    Mark Stansbury      
  Phyllis Burns Nicholas Gotten Graydon Swisher
  James Cole LaSimba Gray, Jr. Yvette Warren   
  Judy Davis      

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:

   December     8
   January       12
  February       9
   March           9 
    April            13
    May            11
     June            8


NOTE: December 10th meeting is being held at the Scottish Rite, 825 Union, as our one "Field trip meeting to an historical site" annually. The 2016 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.
              2017 SHELBY COUNTY HISTORY
                    AWARDS DINNER
                        6:30 P.M.  WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2

Our annual history awards dinner will have several features including the recognition of the Ed Williams History Teacher of the Year Award, recognition of the winners of the West Tennessee History Day District Contest held at the University of Memphis on February  27, 2016

Tickets are $25.00 per person, which includes the buffet dinner and we need your check and reservations by Friday, July 29 2016.  Please make the check payable to Shelby County Historical Commission and mail to:
                                                History Awards Dinner  c/o Jimmy Ogle
                                                4349 Sequoia Road
  Memphis, TN   38117

 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 


Meeting Minutes  from the December 8th meeting

  For additional information about the Historical Commission, please contact Jimmy Ogle

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