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Ghosts of Memphis Past

Happy Halloween from the Museum of Science and History!  To celebrate the spooky season, Tributaries host Katie Quinlan tells us some of the haunting stories from Memphis's past, from Ernestine and Hazels's to Elmwood, Yellow Fever to Treasure Hunters. 

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John James Audubon

In the early decades of the 1800s, American naturalist John James Audubon traveled extensively throughout the Mississippi Valley. In 1820, Audubon traveled by flatboat down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. He made a brief visit to Memphis in December 1820, an occasion remembered with a historical marker and a park named in his honor. 

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Purple Martins

Purple Martins are a beautiful, native bird that nests in massive colonies, but only in human-made homes.  They're an effective way to control  insect populations and have been a favorite species of birdwatchers since precolonial times.  To learn more about their behavior and how to be a good purple martin landlord, we talked to Mary Schmidt, a naturalist at Lichterman Nature Center who studies these birds. Music and Sound production by Sully Allen, Boon, and Luke Ramsey.

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Great Horned Serpent - Mythical Creature of the Underworld

In this episode, we examine the creativity of the people of the Mississippian culture during the pre-contact period. Learn more about indigenous pottery on the latest episode of Tributaries, the museum’s podcast.

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Roads, Rails, and Runways (Transit in Memphis pt. II)

In this episode, we continue to examine how transit shaped the city of Memphis. In the early 1900s, steam powered transportation was replaced by cars, trolleys, buses, and planes.  Join hosts Jes Gibson and Harry Clark as they delve into how these modes of transit shaped the city, with help from former county historian Jimmy Ogle.  Produced by Katie Quinlan and featuring music by Sully Allen, Boon, Luke Ramsey, and Purple Planet.

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Flatboats to Steamboats... a City on The Move (Transit in Memphis pt. I)

From flatboats to steamboats, trains to trolleys, and carriages to cars, Memphis has always been a town defined by its modes of transportation. You can hear more about the history of Memphians’ transit options on the latest episode of Tributaries.

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Why is Memphis called the "Bluff City"?

Memphis has long been known as the Bluff City, inspiring the title of a TV show, a Grizzlies’ team slogan and many local business names. What are the bluffs, when did they form, and why have they mattered to the people who have lived here? Listen to the newest episode of Tributaries, the museum’s podcast, to learn the answers. 

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The Story Behind the Pink Palace Name

This episode, we unpack the story of Etowah Marble, the stone from which the Pink Palace Mansion is built.  We speak with Dr. Julie Johnson of the University of Memphis to understand how marble is formed, and take a look at how this stone is tied up in the history of America, from the Trail of Tears to the creation of modern grocery stores.  Music by Sully Allen, Boon, Drop Ceiling, and Caroline Ford.  Produced by Luke Ramsey and Katie Quinlan. Listen to the story of this stone and how it eventually made its way to Memphis in the latest episode of Tributaries.

Hosted by Pink Palace Museum curator Jes Gibson and educator Luke Ramsey - with special guest, Dr. Julie Johnson of the University of Memphis 

Fact checking by Louella Weaver and Jes Gibson

Produced by Luke Ramsey and Katie Quinlan

Featuring music from Sully Allen, Boon, Drop Ceiling, and Caroline Ford

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Yellow Fever Part 2: Aedes Aegypti - May 15, 2020

In the fall of 1878, Memphis faced one of the worst catastophes in American History.  In the surrounding area, Yellow Fever claimed around 20,000 lives, and in Memphis alone, the outbreak of 1878 killed more people than the San Francisco Earthquake, Chicago Fire, and Johnstown Flood combined.  Since no one at the time knew how Yellow Fever was spread, attempts to curb the deaths were failing, and people were terrified.
In this episode, we talk to Taylor Hopkins about how Memphis attempted to keep the fever at bay, and John Sohigian about the Aedes Aegypti mosquito.  We investigate its life cycle, how it spreads diseases across the globe, and how scientists discovered it was the disease vector responsibe for Yellow Fever and a host of other diseases that claim around one and a half million lives a year.

Hosted by Pink Palace Museum curator Jes Gibson and educator Luke Ramsey

Fact checking by Louella Weaver and Cathi Johnson

Produced by Luke Ramsey and Katie Quinlan

Featuring music from Boon, Drop Ceiling, Luke Ramsey, and Sully Allen

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Yellow Fever Part I: 1878 - April 29, 2020

Join us to step back in time to 1878, to revisit what it was like to be in Memphis during one of the worst disease outbreaks in American History.  Learn how Yellow Fever left its mark on the city, and how that still shapes our lives today. This episode features interviews with Kim Bearden of Elmwood Cemetery and Taylor Hopkins of the Mallory-Neely House.

Hosted by Pink Palace Museum curator Jes Gibson and educator Luke Ramsey

Historical quotes read by Tony Hardy

Music and sound production by Luke Ramsey and Boon

Special thanks to : Harry Clark, Cathi Johnson, Dawn Manning, and Louella Weaver

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Yellow_Fever_pt_11878.mp3

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