Graceland exhibit celebrates several Elvis firsts

March 8, 2011 4:40:11 AM PST
It's a special year for all Elvis fans worldwide as we celebrate the 55th anniversary of many Elvis firsts.

One of our most exciting projects is the opening of three new exhibits at Graceland, some with never-before-seen artifacts on display.

Graceland's Director of Archives, Angie Marchese is a walking Elvis encyclopedia.

In March, the Elvis! His Groundbreaking, Hip-Shaking, Newsmaking Story will open. This is an expanded version of the hit exhibit which has been at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. for the past year. Dozens of additional artifacts have been added. Audiences can experience the power of Elvis' impact on the media. This exhibit will explore how Elvis' music and physicality pushed the boundaries of free expression at a time when America was experiencing deep generational shifts.

Another of the new exhibits is the Elvis in 1956 Interactive Timeline which allows visitors to step back into a year where the King catapulted from anonymity to superstardom. In 1956 Elvis experienced many firsts including his first RCA single and national hit, "Heartbreak Hotel," his first movie, "Love Me Tender," and his first television appearances.

The Roots of Elvis Exhibit which just opened chronicles a key period of Elvis' life. Here visitors will journey through the story of Elvis' early years and are invited to discover the influences that shaped him as a person and music legend.