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Local Media Explores the New Interactive Tupelo Exhibit at Graceland

December 21, 2012

(photo by Thomas Wells)

Graceland is offering Elvis fans a new look at the rural Mississippi town where Elvis attended school, performed for the first time, and bought his first guitar. The "Elvis' Tupelo" Exhibit is now open at Elvis Presley's Graceland and local media recently had a chance to explore the place Elvis first called home.

"The walls are covered with Elvis Festival posters, timelines of Vernon and Gladys’ life in Tupelo, pictures of Elvis during his time in Tupelo and his later concert," writes the Daily Journal, a North Mississippi publication. "The exhibit even has one of the metal guitar sculptures that line Main Street in downtown Tupelo."

Elvis' Tupelo combines photos, video, and memorabilia in an interactive experience for fans to enjoy. Fans can see archival footage of Elvis' 1956 Tupelo Homecoming and scroll through childhood photos, rare artifacts and more. Fans also have access to some of the Presley family's clothing, personal photos, receipts, concert memorabilia and more.

"That's what the exhibit is all about," said Neal McCoy, the executive director of the Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau, on "About educating that hardcore Elvis fan or the casual Elvis fan, about their trip to Memphis is not complete without a trip to Tupelo to see his humble beginnings and how he ultimately lived out this very famous, plush lifestyle here at Graceland."

Read more about the "Elvis' Tupelo" Exhibit by visiting or watch video from the recent media tour at Plan your own rock 'n' roll pilgrimage with our free online trip planner and be sure to check out our Music By Region guide! While you are here, don't miss your chance to see Elvis' childhood home in Tupelo, MS. To learn more about planning your trip to the king's birthplace, visit