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Historian Jimmy Ogle Will Explore "Before There Was Memphis" Dec. 9 at the U of M University News
For release: December 3, 2009

For press information, contact Tom Mendina, 901-678-4310

Jimmy Ogle
Jimmy Ogle
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.

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