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Genealogy Workshops

Our biannual genealogy workshops are almost here.  Join us each Wednesday in October to learn more about how to research and explore your family’s history.  These free classes will take place in the library’s meeting rooms from 1-3 pm each week of October, with a different area of interest being explored each week.  If you plan to attend, please call the History Department at 415.2742 to reserve a seat and ensure that we have handouts for you.


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Coming Soon: Miriam DeCosta-Willis

On Saturday, February 26th, join us at 2:00 pm in the Memphis Room to celebrate the release of Miriam DeCosta-Willis’ new book, Black Memphis Landmarks.  At the same time, the Miriam DeCosta-Willis Collection will be made available to the public for the first time.

Mrs. DeCosta-Willis has had a remarkable career as a scholar, a writer and as a civil rights leader, and the collection will include materials from all aspects of her life and career.

Until then, let us tease you with some of the photos from her collection.  Approximately 30 photos from the Miriam DeCosta-Willis Collection have been added to the Civil Rights Photograph Collection.  Enjoy!


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Changing the Face of Medicine

The Memphis Public Library & Information Center is one of 61 libraries from across the U.S. selected to host the “Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America’s Women Physicians,” interactive, multimedia traveling exhibition that honors the lives and achievements of American women in medicine – past and present. The exhibit will be at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar, May 29 – July 9. An opening reception is scheduled Friday, June 4 at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend the reception.

We have created a Flickr gallery to present the faces of medicine in Memphis.  We will be adding to this gallery as we collect images of both the present and future faces of medicine in our city, so check back often.

“Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America’s Women Physicians” was developed by the Exhibition Program of the History of Medicine Division of the National Library of Medicine in collaboration with the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The traveling exhibition has been made possible by the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health Office of Research on Women’s Health. The American Medical Women’s Association provided additional support.

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