1981 to 1990: Research, Performances, Festivals,
Interpreting Beale Street and Urban Memphis' Musical and Cultural Icons
Locations: 1216 Peabody (1975-89), Old Daisy Theatre 329 Beale (1983 to 1987), 152 Beale (1989-1993)
- CSF Initiates major research: Steamboats, Cotton Bales, and Blues
leading to major documentary work in Memphis as the urban capital of
the Memphis/Delta Region. Research directed by George McDaniel and a
team of historians and Folklorists: Ray Allen, Ricki Salzman, Jay Orr,
Bob Gates and Louis Guida.
George & Eli McDaniel
Ray Allen interviews Ellen Flinn
Fiddler Howard Scott
- 1980-81 CSF produces small community festivals: These events
(Gaston Park Community Folklife Festival July 30, 1981 in South
Memphis, Sorghum Days Folk Festival on September 26, 1981 in North
Mississippi, and the Ethnic Heritage Folklife Festival on January 31,
1982 at the Memphis Jewish Community Center in East Memphis) produced
while developing ideas for major regional festival.
CSF produces first major festival Mid South Folklife Festival on Mud
Island in Memphis on August 14-15. On the first day, the one-day paid
attendance of 23,000 people was highest attendance for Mud Island for
- 1983 CSF renovates and moves into the Old Daisy Theatre as the
Interpretive Center for Beale Street: Produces 19 Projector Multimedia
Show, Performance Series and programs for educational and tour
- School, tour and cultural programs and tours ongoing.
- Produced teaching guide for Memphis City School System: The Heritage of Black Music in Memphis.
Old Daisy Theater
Josie Breger & Judy Peiser on WEVL
- Produces Radio Shows on WEVL in early 1980s.
- Began producing cable program on Channel 18 Library Channel in mid 1980s. Program continues to present.
Judy Peiser & Giatout Lee
Jackie Nadel interviews Leo Goldberger
- Conducts interviews with ethnic communities in Memphis with support
from the United State Department of Education, Memphis Jewish
Federations and other community organizations.
- 1987 CSF produces exhibit for City Hall titled Memphis' Jewish Community 1840- Present.
- 1988 CSF produces Mid South Music & Heritage Festival @ Court
Square in Downtown Memphis. Festival. Name changes to Memphis Music
& Heritage Festival in 1992.
1989 Memphis Music & Heritage Festival
Rene Koopman films All Day & All Night
- 1989 Center moves to 152 Beale. CSF has exhibit space, darkroom, archives space
- 1990 CSF airs All Day & All Night: Memories from Beale Street
Musicians nationally on PBS. Directed by Robert Gordon and Louis Guida.