Humanities Tennessee, an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, has awarded Memphis Heritage a grant to partially fund a project entitled “The Past, Present, and Future of Memphis as Illustrated by the Photographs of Don Newman.” Don Newman was a photographer who captured thousands of iconic images of Memphis structures and streetscapes during the 1940s-60s. Many of Mr. Newman’s images show beloved buildings that have been demolished or changed drastically since the time of the photographs.
“The Past, Present, and Future of Memphis” project will include a digital exhibit and accompanying lesson plans. The overall goal of the exhibit is to illustrate processes behind continuity and change in Memphis’ built environment. It will include photographs taken by Don Newman juxtaposed with contemporary photographs of the same sites taken by local photographer Gary Walpole. Additionally, it will include oral histories, newspaper articles, oral histories, and narration by Shelby County Historian Jimmy Ogle. The accompanying lesson plans will focus on civic and architectural aspects of the evolution of Memphis’ built environment.
View the list of projects recently funded by Humanities Tennessee here, and stay tuned for updates regarding this exciting project and information about a kick-off event that will take place in the fall. Special thanks to Emily Cohen who is serving as grant coordinator for this exciting project!