Tupelo tourism group approves funds for work at Elvis museum

Published 6:15 pm Thursday, August 24, 2006

The Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau has approved a $50,000 request to fund renovations at the Elvis Presley Museum.

The CVB had denied the request on two occasions earlier this summer because members of the Elvis Presley Memorial Foundation had refused to turn over some financial reports. The foundation, a city-created trust that runs the Elvis attractions in Tupelo, provided the information, which was published in a Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal newspaper story this past weekend.

The foundation has also asked for $100,000 from the city, which is expected to make its decision in September. Daphne Holcombe, the city’s chief financial officer, said council members have already inserted the request into the budget.

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The project to turn the museum into a “world-class” attraction will cost $262,400. The foundation will contribute $100,000 of its own money and raise another $12,400 through “internally generated funds.”

Renovations are expected to begin this fall on a multimedia exhibit focusing mostly on Elvis as a boy. Presley, who died in 1977, was born and grew up in Tupelo.

The museum also will feature a tribute to Presley-family-friend and longtime foundation chairwoman Janelle McComb, and memorabilia from Elvis’ days as an entertainer.

The new showcase is slated to open by Presley’s Jan. 8 birthday.