Poor Boys, Pilgrims & Families Are Going to Graceland

This just in from Heritage News (April 2006): Interior Secretary Gale Norton designated Graceland, home of the king of rock ‘n’ roll Elvis Presley, as a National Historic Landmark on March 27, 2006. Click here for the full press release.

Norton made the announcement during a special ceremony with Priscilla Presley on the mansion grounds in Memphis, Tennessee. Graceland was Presley’s primary residence for 20 years of his 23-year career and is the one site most associated with him. It is one of the five most visited home museums in the United States and the most recognizable residence in the nation after the White House (which is quite scary).

Graceland is now in the company of Mount Vernon, Monticello, Hoover Dam, (and for us archaeologists) the William Paca House and Cahokia Mounds.

Graceland Cam:

View this webcam on the official website.


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One Comment on “Poor Boys, Pilgrims & Families Are Going to Graceland”

  1. michael kirby
    January 17, 2007 at 10:13 pm #

    Hello Jamie,
    I decided to place my comment here on the Elvis section of your webpage. My name is Michael Kirby, and I am an archaeologist currently working in Arkansas, and surfing the net to learn more about Arkansas’s history and prehistory. I have lived in Austin Texas since graduating with my master’s from Florida State University.
    I drove past Graceland in Memphis and wanted to add that I think the addition of Elvis’s home to the national landmarks list is a good idea. When you think of the big picture of American history, Elvis’s life is the American dream writ larger than life, and yet still true to life. His synthesis of white and black musical traditions is symbolic of the two peoples that have formed the bulk of the nation’s history. Bravo Jamie for a website well done.

    Your friend,
    Michael Kirby

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