New Year’s Day
10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on WKNO

Join Channel 10 as we ring in the New Year with you by taking a look back at some of the most inspiring pieces of this city’s history in a Memphis Memoirs New Year’s Marathon. Featuring six episodes from this popular WKNO series: Lost Memphis; Elmwood Cemetery; Cotton Carnival Years; Overton Park; High School, My School; and Sacred Spaces.

10:00 a.m.           
Lost Memphis - transports viewers back to a time when Union Station stood tall and proud in the Memphis skyline and the old Cossitt Library was a treasured place for book-lovers. There are even some more recent “lost” places like popular swimming pools, the Casino Ballroom, and Merrymobiles, letting you relive your fondest memories of living in the Bluff city.

Elmwood Cemetery – Reflections of Memphis – honored the 150th anniversary (in 2002) of the historic landmark. Based on the book Elmwood 2002: In the Shadows of the Elms, this documentary takes a journey through the history of Elmwood Cemetery, highlighting not only its amazing history, but also its unique physical beauty.

The Cotton Carnival Years – travels back to the beginnings of the “South’s Greatest Party” in 1931. Anyone living in Memphis before the 1960’s will remember just how important cotton was to the city. When the “white gold” fell on hard times in the 1920’s and reached a record low during the depression, a group of prominent citizens decided to throw a “party with a purpose.” Created to boost the spirits of Memphians and the demand for cotton, the Cotton Carnival was an instant success and quickly grew from a three-day event to an annual week-long extravaganza. After taking a break during the War Years, Cotton Carnival saw its true heyday in the 1940’s and 50’s.

1:00 p.m.
Overton Park – A Century of Change - focuses on the history of Overton Park on the occasion of its 100-year anniversary. The park has been an essential part of the lives of Midtown residents for many years, from its creation in 1901 until the present. Overton Park includes the Old Forest; the Memphis Zoo; a golf course; the Brooks Museum; the Memphis College of Art; and the Shell, formerly known as the MOAT, or Memphis Open Air Theater (Elvis Presley gave his first paid performance on a large stage at the Shell).

High School, My School - a sweeping look at the school spirit and loyalties of Memphis high school students from the 1950’s through the 1970’s as displayed at Friday night ballgames, drive-ins, burger joints, malt shops, proms, and more.

Sacred Spaces- Explores some the city’s oldest downtown congregations- sharing stories of their rich histories and in turn uncovering a colorful picture of our city’s past. From the rough-and-ready frontier town that was Memphis in the 1820s to the boom time of the 1860s when Memphis swelled with immigrants to the devastating yellow fever epidemics of the 1870s that changed the course and character of Memphis and finally concluding with a look at the roles these churches currently play in the downtown scene. 

Features beautiful footage of these landmarks and interviews with local historians about the church structures as well as how these early congregations helped shape the city we know today.
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