For release: December 3, 2009
For press information, contact Tom Mendina, 901-678-4310
The history most people know about Memphis generally begins with Hernando DeSoto’s
discovery of the Mississippi River in 1541, then fast-forwards to the founding of
the city in 1819. Historian Jimmy Ogle will bridge that gap with his program “Before
There Was Memphis” on Wednesday, Dec. 9, at the University of Memphis. The program
will begin at noon in the Ned R. McWherter Library, Room 225. Admission is free and
open to the public.
Ogle’s presentation will focus on the years 1782-1827. He will discuss the maneuvering
behind the formation and acceptance of Tennessee as the 16th state and the strategies
of the three absentee founders of Memphis from Middle Tennessee: John Overton, Andrew
Jackson and James Winchester.
A Downtown resident for 20 years, Ogle’s professional background has provided him
with plenty of opportunities to absorb Memphis history. He has served as director
of operations for the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum and vice president of operations
at Performa Entertainment Real Estate, the managing company for the Beale Street Historic
District. Ogle also has been general manager for the Memphis Queen Line and Mud Island.
He conducts lunchtime walking tours of Downtown.
The program is sponsored by the University Libraries with support from Friends of
the University Libraries. For more information, call Ogle at 901-604-5002, Tom Mendina
at 901-678-4310 or Klaudia Kroboth at 901-678-2209.