2021 #GivingTuesday Campaign
OUR #GIVINGTUESDAY 2021 DONORS:
Brenda Hayes Barrett
Carol A. DeForest
David da Ponte-Cooper
Sharon Fox O’Guin
Tracy Snyder Kelly
Giving Tuesday is a national holiday expressed as a “global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world”.
Memphis Heritage is taking part this year to express our gratitude to our supporters, members, and community for their support of our mission; to educate and coordinate individuals and groups to save, improve, reuse, and maintain architecturally and historically significant buildings, neighborhoods, parks, and cultural artifacts of Shelby County, Tennessee.
Every week leading up to Giving Tuesday (Nov, 30th) we will be sharing a project(s) that had Memphis Heritage’s assistance or leadership. Our posts will stem from Facebook, but you can also see updates and progress here on our website.
Our goal this #GivingTuesday is to raise $5,000 to help us preserve and reimagine Memphis’ historic entities. The more proceeds donated on #GivingTuesday, the more matching opportunities available. We need YOUR help to keep Memphis’ history preserved; by giving Memphis’ past a future!
Before it begins, we would like to thank our members, advocates, the neighborhood associations, and all others involved in helping preserve Shelby County’s heritage. We would not be able to do what we do without YOU and without your dedication and hard work. If you are unable to support by donating funds tomorrow, please support in sharing our stories and projects that we post, so that we may grow the exposure of our mission; to educate and coordinate individuals and groups to save, improve, reuse, and maintain architecturally and historically significant buildings, neighborhoods, parks, and cultural artifacts of Shelby County, Tennessee.
Friday, November 26th
“We hope everyone had a heartwarming and safe Thanksgiving! To continue our trek to Giving Tuesday, we have one last project to share: one of our most recent endeavours, helping Orange Mound become a National Historic District!
It has been over a decade in the making but we have finished one of the first phases of putting Orange Mound “on the map” as both a NATIONAL and LOCAL Historic District.
With the help of Community Leaders from Orange Mound, University of Memphis, Rhodes College and countless others (special thanks to Ms. Mary Mitchell, Councilman Ford, Councilman Warren and Councilman Carlisle). We are garning more support both locally and nationally to show that preservation matters in ALL communities. Special thanks to our MHI Advocacy Committee who continue to offer resources and professional guidance.”
THURSday, November 25th
“Memphis Heritage wishes you and yours a very ‘Happy Thanksgiving’ today!
This month, we have been sharing projects to which had Memphis Heritage’s involvement, and today we would like to give thanks to one of the biggest projects– one that was so graciously given to us by, Hal B Howard Jr., our beautiful headquarters, Howard Hall located at 2282 Madison at Edgewood. Howard Hall, built in 1910, has had three owners before it was purchased by Mr. Howard, and we’ll forever be grateful that he did.
On a Wednesday in May 2005, our Executive Director received a phone call from a man named Hal B. Howard Jr., who wanted to know more about our nonprofit organization. Having been around since 1975, we have talked with many people about the mission and works of Memphis Heritage. As with many of those callers, we didn’t know this man or the ultimate purpose of his phone call, but we could tell this gentleman had a great interest in Memphis history and in its preservation of sense of place. They discussed the rich memories of people and places that they both knew for over 45 minutes. At the end of the conversation, Mr. Howard told us about a property that he owned and that he was considering giving it to Memphis Heritage for a new headquarters. They hung up the phone and our ED took a deep breath; and the rest, as they say, IS HISTORY!.
Today is the day of giving thanks, and again we thank Hal B. Howard Jr. for his generous gift of Howard Hall as well as his years of support to Memphis Heritage. “
Wednesday, November 24th
“Another project posting: Vollintine Evergreen Historic District!
This historic district contains sixty-seven blocks of 3,218 contributing resources (almost entirely dwellings) and eleven 1930s WPA projects. Some cottages date from ca. 1905, but most are from later decades.
In the early twentieth century, the heirs of John Overton began disposing of their large land holdings in this area, and real estate developers took notice. The construction of the Memphis Parkway System in this area helped fuel the housing boom that followed. Vollintine Evergreen HD is one of the four NR-listed Vollintine historic districts that now make up collectively the Vollintine Evergreen Community Association or VECA as a Historic Overlay District.
Our board and staff were available to help lead community meetings, research materials needed, and were partners with community advocates and the VECA neighborhood association– both on a national and local level. We are grateful for so many that worked to see VECA become a Local Landmarks District. To thank a few: Natasha Strong, Suzy Askew, Cathy Marcinko (from the early days), Mary Wilder, and Michael Kirby. Our board and staff were available to help lead community meetings, research materials needed, and were partners with community advocates and the VECA neighborhood association– both on a national and local level. We are grateful for so many that worked to see VECA become a Local Landmarks District. To thank a few: Natasha Strong, Suzy Askew, Cathy Marcinko (from the early days), Mary Wilder, and Michael Kirby.”
Tuesday, November 23rd
Photo by Walter Arnold
Monday, November 22ND
Wednesday, November 17th
Photo by Rollin Riggs
Wednesday, November 10th
Wednesday, November 3rd
“The first project we would like to share is the Wm. Ellis Building. In business since 1862, William C. Ellis, started with a blacksmith shop and later manufactured wagons and farming implements. Located at the corner of S. Front Street and M. L. King Ave., the first building, the blacksmith’s shop was built in 1879. It was the city’s oldest operating foundry and it was said to be Memphis’ oldest family-owned business still operating in the same location until closing in November 2017. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. Components of the historic Ellis Buildings have been saved and incorporated into the new Hyatt Centric Hotel and One Beale developed by The Carlisle Corp.
Photo by Michael Kerr
When Memphis Heritage found out that the plans were for a full demo of the property, MHI worked with owner, Chance Carlisle, to encourage that various components be repurposed for the Carlisle project. Fortunately, Chance was responsive and the Hyatt Group also fell in love with some of the older structures and incorporated them into their plans for the Centric Hotel.
MHI is grateful to Chance Carlisle and the Carlisle Corp along with Hyatt that they stopped and negotiated a win win for this historic property.”