The new issue of The Memphis News marks the debut of a new feature in our weekly.
It is The Memphis News Almanac. And like most almanacs, it is a set of events that happened on the dates covered by that particular issue in years past.
Nothing too elaborate. Just enough to get you thinking about where we’ve been as a city and community.
The feature is an outgrowth of some of our thoughts in the last year or so as The Daily News marked its 125th anniversary. We heard from a lot of folks who have been reading us for a long time but were surprised to know we’ve been around that long.
So, our almanac covering all things Memphis will pull items from past editions of The Daily News as well as from definitive history texts like William Miller’s “Mr. Crump of Memphis” and James Roper’s “The Founding of Memphis” and “The Memphis Diaries of Ida B. Wells” edited by Miriam DeCosta-Willis.
We are aware that this feature begins as our community is having an interesting discussion about history. We also begin the feature as The Memphis News nears the five year mark in its existence. Our first issue, with a cover story on the suburbs, hit the streets June 18, 2008.
So, give our almanac a look and feel free to contribute. If you have programs or ticket stubs from events, political ballots or literature, photographs — any mementos that are reminders of our history that you wouldn’t mind possibly seeing in The Memphis Almanac, give it a scan and send it me at firstname.lastname@example.org.