The Making Memphis: 200 Years of Community bicentennial exhibit interprets events of the past 200 years that have shaped Memphis’ past, present, and form the basis for our future. The Making Memphis exhibit illustrates how the threads of Memphis history form a larger story, or web of history. The five major exhibit threads are Heritage and Identity, Commerce and Entrepreneurialism, Migration and Settlement, Art and Entertainment, and Geography and the Environment.
Each theme is represented by one of five freestanding color-coded structures (pods) that represent its theme as one thread of history. A color-coated cable (corresponding with the pod’s color) will run to the other pods, physically and symbolically connecting them. The intertwined cables create a dramatic web along the ceiling.
“Visitors can actually walk through time to understand the chronology of major events by following the threads as they intersect with each other and see how different unique events influenced each other,” said Nur Abdalla, Coordinating Curator at the Pink Palace Museum. These intersections will be physically represented at points along the ceiling cables.
The exhibit is truly a community event as it will feature community-curated display items chosen by visitors. Visitors can vote for their favorite artifact remotely or at an iPad in the exhibit. Selections will rotate monthly. Objects with the most votes go on display the following month. The public can vote for their favorite display item at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/memat200
Other Pink Palace Family of Museum properties including the Lichterman Nature Center and Mallory-Neely Historic House will have special exhibits for the bicentennial as well.