As part of the 2019 Tupelo Elvis Festival, on Thursday, June 6, the Elvis Presley Birthplace hosted the “Becoming” Experience.
A youth workshop on how to be an Elvis Tribute Artist took place in the morning, and a competition was held in the theater in the afternoon. A lot of youth talent was seen.
The Elvis Presley Birthplace Memorial Foundation honored Guy Harris with a bench on the birthplace property.
For those of you who have been to the birthplace, hopefully you’ve had the opportunity to meet Guy Harris. Guy and Elvis were childhood friends, and Guy has been a great friend to the Elvis Presley Birthplace giving of his time to meet with many visitors and groups and telling the stories of Elvis’ early days that he witnessed firsthand.
A friend to us all, we thank Guy for all that he does for us and all the Elvis fans. Congratulations!
We were recently honored by a visit from Elvis Presley Enterprises (EPE) President and Chief Executive Officer Jack Soden to the Birthplace. Mr. Soden came to Tupelo to address the Rotary Club of Tupelo. He spoke of working with the Presley family after Elvis and how Graceland came to be what it is today. He told us of the additions and expansions to the property in Memphis and talked about his wish list for the future.
After the Rotary Club meeting, Mr. Soden met with Elvis Presley Memorial Foundation Chairman Henry Dodge who gave him a tour of the “Becoming” and “Reflections” areas of the Birthplace property.
Changes are being made to the property of the Elvis Presley Birthplace.
The overview map shown above is the first of the new signage that is being placed around the birthplace property. Some signs are being changed, and some signs are being added. With such a spread out property, we want our guests to be able to find all the venues we have to offer easily. We’re always open to questions, and we feel the signage will assist in our guests finding their favorite spots.
January 8, 2019, marked Elvis’s 84th birthday!
Our friends from Graceland brought a group down the Sunday before Elvis’s birthday. While they were visiting the Birthplace, they had a few minutes to hear from Elvis’s boyhood friend Guy Harris. We were able to have Guy on Facebook live as he made his remarks. To see and hear Guy’s comments, click here.
On January 8, we had a birthday party for Elvis, and the Event Center was full of fans!
Tom Brown addressed the crowd, and we had plenty of birthday cake to go around. Elvis’s house was free of charge to visit as it always is on his birthday.
January 8, 2019, marks Elvis’s 84th birthday!
Won’t you join us at the Birthplace as we celebrate? At 1 p.m. on January 8 in our Event Center, we will have some light refreshments as we wish Elvis a happy birthday!
Elvis’s birthplace will be free of charge for his birthday. Come visit the home where Elvis spent the first 13 years of his life.
If can’t join us in person, check our Facebook page for videos and updates during the day.
We have been blessed with many of you visiting us this year.
We’ve averaged 19 buses of visitors a month. We’ve had 3,900 visitors a month.
Our visitors have come from 44 states and 20 countries. This includes monks from Tibet and fan clubs from Brazil and Germany. We’re happy to see you all!
Our website has also seen many visitors. The top five countries to visit our website this month are the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and the Netherlands. By state, visitors ranked are Tennessee, Mississippi, Georgia, Texas and Alabama.
We held our annual Fan Appreciation Day on Saturday, August 11. For those of you who were not available to attend, we live-streamed the event on our Facebook page. The video is available on Facebook if you’d like to see it.
We announced a few changes we plan to make at the Birthplace. We’re working with a landscape architect to create a path from our main parking lot to our Reflections lake, so those visitors wishing to go there will not have to follow the path up and down the hill to get there.
We are also negotiating with landowners to be able to increase our parking behind our Becoming statues so that buses and other larger vehicles will be able to park there and that our friends with mobility issues won’t have to worry about climbing the hill.
This is the 41st anniversary of the Elvis Presley Birthplace Fan Appreciation Day. Each year hundreds of fans, both long-distance travelers and locally based, come to the Birthplace to experience the Innocence of Elvis. Elvis’s first 13 years in Tupelo molded the values he kept for the rest of his life.
Please make plans to join us. Make new friends. See how our grounds have expanded. Enjoy the beauty that the Elvis Presley Birthplace has to offer.
We are now publishing our “Tender Notes” as an e-newsletter. This will make it easier for you to read it on a smartphone or tablet. It is also simpler for you to share with your friends by forwarding it.
Your friends can sign up for a copy to be sent directly to them by going to our website – ElvisPresleyBirthplace.com – or by going to our Facebook page – Facebook.com/ElvisPresleyBirthplace – and choosing the “Newsletter Signup” option that is at the bottom of the list on the left-hand side of the page.
Thank you for your continued support.
Enjoy our new format.
Before we know it, SPRING will be upon us. It’s hard to believe but March 20th is the first day of spring for 2018.
Flowers will be blooming, grass begins to green, and then, warm weather will show up. It’s a great time to watch the floral growth symphony at Reflections.
March always brings Spring Holidays and families begin to travel. What better place to travel than our home state. Mississippi has lots of things to see – starting in Tupelo at THE ELVIS PRESLEY BIRTHPLACE, then the Gulf Coast, The Blues Music Trail, Natchez, Columbus, and Jackson and its new museums.
Now is the time to start planning for your spring trip. But, this year, stay at home in our beautiful state and enjoy what MISSISSIPPI has to offer, EVERYONE!
Happy New Year!!!! We have just moved into 2018, celebrated the 83rd birthday of ELVIS, and already planning for Spring at the Birthplace. It won’t be long now until the flowers will begin to sprout and the trees will show little buds all over. Spring will be here before we know it. I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and all of your resolutions have come true, so far.
August of this year will be the 41st anniversary of his death. January of next year we will celebrate his 84th Birthday. Things are moving forward at THE BIRTHPLACE. We are already looking at many NEW items for the gift shop. The entrance to the main building has been redone and gives much room inside. We also have 2 or 3 new items that will be placed in the Museum.
Fall is in the air, well sometimes. It really is on the way as we already see Christmas ads and decorations. Here at the Birthplace, we are preparing for an exciting Holiday season.
The Motor Coaches have continued to come to visit all the venues at the Birthplace. Families, traveling to ball games and visits to friends also have not slowed. All the venues are now open and fans seem to really enjoy the newest, “REFLECTIONS”. The peaceful atmosphere, as well as the sights and sounds of fall, make this lake a special place to visit. There are several photo ops that will make excellent Christmas cards. Check them out.
Even though warm weather is still with us, summer is fading away. Fall will be here before you can say “Elvis has left the building”. This has been a terrific summer for all of us in the Elvis World. Because this was the 40th anniversary of his death, the Birthplace and even the streets of Tupelo were covered with FANS from all over the world.
Here at the Birthplace things have really been jumping. During our Fan Appreciation Day and several days following, over 50 motor coaches visited us and most visited the Downtown area as well.
All right, the summer is upon us – a typical Mississippi Summer at the Elvis Presley Birthplace. BUT, this year is the 40th anniversary of the Death of Elvis. If you are an Elvis fan, then you know that this will be the largest anniversary ever.
Here at the Birthplace Park, the crowds have already picked up. Lots of international fans are already coming to see what’s jumping at the Park. Since the 35th anniversary, two new venues have been added.