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Famed Memphis Trivia Expert

Remember the Alamo?

It was hard for tourists and other travelers to miss the distinctive architecture of the Alamo Plaza.

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Margaret Polk: The Memphis Belle

The world knew about the romance between Margaret Polk and the pilot of “The Memphis Belle,” but their wedding was called off.

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Who Were Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Adams?

Newspaper articles tell about Frank Ward and his wife occupying the Sunset Home during its entire existence. But photos also show another family living there.

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Hart’s Bakery

A bread factory on Summer once boasted the best neon sign in town.

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Lost Memphis: Helen of Memphis in the 1940s.

Lost Memphis: Helen of Memphis in the 1940s.

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Mark Your Calendars for the Book Fair

The University of the South (Sewanee, TN) will host the 2014 Tennessee Antiquarian Book Fair.

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Lost Memphis: Emma Wilburn Funeral Home

There’s no trace of one of the few funeral homes in Memphis that was run by a woman.

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Readers Solved Part of the Photo Mystery

At least two readers have found the location of the mysterious sign pictured in the “Ask Vance” column in May.

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Tearing It Down

The home of William R. Moore, founder of the school that bears his name, was torn down in the early 1900s.

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A Bird’s Eye View of County Graveyards

The Shelby County Register of Deeds now offers aerial views of Shelby County Cemeteries.

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About This Blog

Ask Vance is the blog of Vance Lauderdale, the award-winning columnist of Memphis magazine and MBQ: Inside Memphis Business.  Vance is the author of three books: Ask Vance: The Best Questions and Answers from Memphis Magazine's History and Trivia Expert (2003), as well as Ask Vance: More Questions and Answers from Memphis Magazine's History Expert (2011) and Vance Lauderdale's Lost Memphis (2013). He is also the recipient of quite a few nice awards, the creator of several eye-catching wall calendars, and the only person we know with a vintage shock-treatment machine in his den. 

You can find him from time to time in the pages of the Memphis Flyer and MBQ, on WKNO television, and on Facebook. When he is not exploring the highways and byways of Memphis, he spends his time sleeping, napping, and dozing.

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