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Graceland to Host Chilean Miner for Elvis' Birthday This Week

January 04, 2011

Recently freed Chilean miner Edison PenaIt's a visit to Memphis fit for a king! Chilean miner Edison Peña, who became known around the world as a major Elvis fan, will be visiting Graceland for the 2011 Elvis Presley Birthday Celebration. Edison arrives later this week, and we could not be more excited!

During his four-day trip to Memphis, Edison will take part in several birthday celebration events, including cutting the cake during the Elvis Presley Day ceremony on Saturday, January 8. Fans can watch that event live on our GracelandCam!

Edison will also see the best of what Memphis has to offer by staying at The Peabody Hotel, taking in a Memphis Grizzlies game, visiting the Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum, and touring and recording at Sun Studio.

Edison was one of 33 miners brought to safety last October, after 69 days of being trapped underground. A self-described major Elvis fan, the 34 year-old asked for Elvis music to be sent into the mine so the trapped workers could have sing-alongs and keep their spirits up.

After the rescue, Graceland and the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau offered an all expenses paid trip to Edison and a guest with airfare provided by Delta Air Lines. Following his visit to Memphis, Edison will be flown to Las Vegas to see the new hit Cirque du Soleil show Viva ELVIS at ARIA Resort & Casino.

It's sure to be an exciting week!