Thursday, October 11, 2007

Get a glass of tea.

This could be a long post. Sorry this has taken me a while to get up.

But -

Monday was Pink Palace day, and Tuesday we went to the auction to have lunch with Jason, and yesterday I participated in a mock-emergency exercise at the local college.

So here I am. The one that you love.

And here are the Pink Palace pictures.

No, I didn't take this one - I couldn't get this close to the mansion. Can you see the pink marble? It's really beautiful. This is the "old" part of the museum. I didn't get a picture of the front entrance in the newer part. It's just boring brown brick.

Contrary to what I'd expected, Jason sprung for us to see an IMAX film - Deep Sea. Since I couldn't take pictures during the film, you'll have to take my word for it that it was spectacular. Here, Anna Marie is barely able to contain her excitement before the movie starts.

Anna Marie looks into a microscope for the first time. I figure this must be what it was like for Einstein.

It's a mastadon! How funny is it that Anna Marie turned to me and said, "Mom, you've got to get a picture of that!"

The faceless mannequins! The very ones that scared me as a preschooler! Can't you just feel the creepy? And I just noticed - that one on the right has a sleeve missing! Maybe if I'd noticed it at the museum, there would've been some explination close by. I think I was too distracted by the creepy.

They didn't seem to bother Anna Marie much. Maybe if I'd seen them for the first time when I was six instead of three, things would've gone better. The really, really bad one is around the corner, in the Yellow Fever exhibit. She's apparently a widow, all dressed in black, in a corner display case. I've never actually gotten close enough to read her story. She's almost as bad as the lead - yes, I said LEAD - coffin in that same area. It's in an alcove to itself, with a weird purple light shining on it. It looks just like a Pharoh's coffin, because it's in the shape of a person.

Turn-of-the-century toys. Anna Marie noticed the blocks right away, because they're almost exactly like some she has.

Moving on.

This is a huge, very detailed scale model of a circus. It's supposed to move, but right now it's under renovations by students from the physics department at the University of Memphis. Why physics? I have no idea.

Did you know that the founder of Holiday Inn, Kemmons Wilson, was from Memphis? And that the very first Holiday Inn was here? And how many of you remember these old signs?

Since the founder of Piggly Wiggly, the first "modern" grocery store, was the same guy who built the mansion, there is naturally a replica of the first Piggly Wiggly inside the museum.

Clarence Saunders, who built the house (and the Piggly Wiggly) died pennyless before he finished the mansion. I think it had something to do with the stock market crash.

Speaking of the mansion, its exhibit space is mainly dedicated to life in the 1920's and 1930's, when the house was being constructed. Talk about suffering for beauty's sake!

Did anyone really think this would help?

(Oh, and notice the lack of faces. It's like a theme or something.)

And these are costumes from the Cotton Carnival. It's a celebration held every January in Memphis. It used to signify the end of the cotton harvest (and that everything sold for a good price). Now, it's mainly a charity focus. There are "secret societies" that host parties all month long, with club names like the "Crewe of Hathor" and other mythological-sounding titles. These costumes are from the 1950's and 1960's, and I think they rock!

Whew! I'm tired, aren't you?

And now, I look forward to the next couple days off - whenever that might be.


Amanda said...

I was just about to come here and fuss at you about not updating this week.

That first Cotton Carnival is really cool.

doodlebugmom said...

My mom had one of those butt jiggling things! She said it was better than excercising. My brothers and I thought it was hysterical.

Looks like a very cool place.

Melissa said...

I would TOTALLY wear either of those carnival dresses. I'm always fascinated every winter at the society page of the Commercial Appeal with the grand balls and such.

Linda - I think my mom's friend had one too. It sure looks uncomfortable!

For those of you who aren't Memphians, this museum is almost like your grandma's attic. In fact, I think that's how it started - with the stuff out of someone's attic. I guess that would make it Memphis' attic. It's got a great hodge-podge of exhibits, from that mastadon to one of Elvis' army uniforms and W.C. Handy's trumpet.

Oh, and a lead coffin from the Yellow Fever era.

Susie Q said...

I used to feel the same way about the natural history museum here. I was terrified of that place and every year each school class went. I used to try to pretend I was sick...never worked. Theer was a coffin and stuffed animals which scared me to pieces...

I LOVE that face of AM's she just makes me so happy. Oh! Her little package should be winging it's way to her! Just something to let her know she has two friends here who care about her! I have been thinking about YOU too dear heart...I am sending hugs!

And those mannequins would freak me too. : ) Even now and I am OOOOLLLLDDD.


Melissa said...

Sue, when I was in fifth grade an exhibit of Egyptian treasures came to Memphis. Among those treasures was a mummy - and when my class took their field trip there, I stayed home! No way was I going!

amanda said...

At the auction Wednesday, I was mad at everyone who got to hang out with Anna Marie the day before that because that meant they'd seen her since I had.

Valerie said...

man - i love museums. too dang bad i wasn't there - i so would dig something like that!