Tuesday, June 20, 2006

It’s All Metal

Posted on Tue, Jun 20, 2006 at 4:00 AM

Did you know that when Graceland’s gates needed repairs, they were hauled over to the National Ornamental Metal Museum, located near downtown Memphis? Or that blacksmiths from the blufftop foundry also forged the trophies for the Memphis in May barbecue festival? (The trophies are cleavers, by the way, surrounded by little metal pigs.) The museum is so unique, in both its day-to-day operations and its 30-year commitment to metalsmithing, that writer Matt Dellinger penned a two-page article for Smithsonian magazine’s May issue. Read how founder Jim Wallace turned the former U.S. Marine hospital into a home (he raised his sons there) and into a nationally renowned museum attracting 30,000 visitors a year, here.

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