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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: Jimmy Ogle
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      

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:
September 11
October 9
November 13
December 11


Shelby County History Awards Dinner
6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, August 6
Hillwood Hall @ Davies Manor
Eight Local History Organizations Will Recognize Distinguished Members
Tennessee History Day Students Honored
Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell to Speak
Shelby County Historian Jimmy Ogle to Deliver "State of the County History" Speech
Tickets: $25
Contact:  Jimmy Ogle (604-5002)

Booths displaying information from over 25 local historical organizations.
Booth space available by calling 386-0715 or

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

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