Elvis Presley is one of the biggest music stars of all time, so it’s unsurprising that fans and guests to Graceland could be overwhelmed in his presence. Well, now the Director of Archives at his Memphis mansion has revealed the touching and humble way The King went out of his way to make visitors feel at home. During a live-streamed Q&A through Graceland, a fan asked: “Why aren’t all of Elvis’ awards up on the wall?”
Director of Archives Angie Marchese said: “Elvis didn’t really display his achievements here in the mansion.
“When he first moved in he did display his gold records in the TV room.
“Then he moved them to the trophy building and when we opened up our new visitors complex (Elvis Presley’s Memphis) back in 2017, we moved those awards over to the Elvis the entertainer exhibition.
“So they’re still on display…but he didn’t really have them on the walls here because he wanted people to feel comfortable when they were here at Graceland.”
Meanwhile, Angie also revealed that as the Director of Archives she is allowed upstairs at Graceland – the area that is off-limits to the public.
After all, it is Lisa Marie’s wishes that Elvis’ private areas like his bedroom are preserved just as he left it in 1977.
She said: “It looks as if he just got up and left.”
“It is part of my job to maintain it.”
The Graceland archivist added: “So we do go up there to maintain the space.
“The record on the record player is the last record he listened to.
“There’s a styrofoam cup that sits on a bookshelf.”
“The bed is made, so we really maintain it the way that Lisa wants us to preserve it.”