2000 to Present: Archival Digitization, Performances,
Interpretive Programs solidify Center activities in one central location
119 S. Main (Hall, Office, Exhibits) 123 Main Street (Folklore Store) Multimedia Archives in secure on site location.
- With help of many civic and community leaders and Board Members Bobbie
Shainberg, John Dudas, Jack Belz, and Jim Fri the Center moved into new
space on Main Street at the Peabody Place Trolley Stop in Downtown
Artist Tommy Foster, Belz, Peiser & Dudas
Sonny Williams & Kurl McKinney
- The Center's Cultural Excursions increase programming for students and
tourists. Many programs include special southern lunches and dinners.
David Bowen with school tour
Ella Kizzie makes peach cobbler
Ella Kizzie's Southern Chicken Dinner
- With support from the Shainberg Foundation and other Center initiated
concert series providing ongoing exposure for regional musicians and
performers for noontime and evening concerts
Beale Street Saturday Night poster
Brad Webb & Blind Mississippi Morris
- A major project is underway to digitize the Center immense Multimedia
Archives, develop an expanded new web site and products from our
Archives for sale in our store, on the web and in retail outlets.
Funding to accomplish this goal has been received from The Assisi
Foundation of Memphis, The Plough Foundation, the National Endowment
for the Arts and the National Park Service's Save America's Treasures
Program funding through the National Endowment for the Humanities,
Mr. Yancey's Booking Agency
Rev. L. O. Taylor Collection
Peiser Family Collection
- 2000 to present the Center has produced it annual Memphis Music &
Heritage Festival on Main Street between Peabody Place and Gayoso
Avenue. Diverse audiences to enjoy and celebrate the musicians,
craftspeople, dancers, talkers and cooks on five stages for two days
over Labor Day Weekend.
Greater Memphis Square & Round Dance Assoc.
Will Graves & Soul
New Generation Drill Team at MMHF.
- The Center's expanded web site is launched. The site includes on
line exhibits promoting the Center's archival work, expanded CSF
information and easy to use on line store.
- In addition to the Center's Folklore Store and on line catalogue
the Center works with Hudson Stores in Memphis International Airport
and David Kidd Booksellers to provide Center products to larger
- Center offers a wide range of opportunities for businesses and
individual to rent the Center's Folklore Hall and Folklore Store for
special meetings, parties and events.
David Bowen with school tour.