Elvis Presley lived and died at Graceland and in the years since his possessions have been kept in the archives of the Memphis mansion. This year, archivist Angie Marchese has been giving Elvis fans a behind-the-scenes look in her Inside the Archives videos. Posted on Graceland’s official Instagram account, the latest saw the Elvis historian surprised by one particular item uncovered in the archives.
The Elvis history video’s caption read: “Join us as we go Inside The Archives for an exclusive look inside the top-secret facility where Elvis’ personal items are stored.
“In this episode, we’re doing another random unboxing in hopes of finding something fun and epic from Elvis’ history!”
At the start of the video, Angie found a members receipt for the American Guild of Variety Artists.
Collected in Miami and dated October 3, 1956, the piece of history featured Colonel Tom Parker’s Tennessee address on it.
Angie showed fans Vernon Presley’s United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America union dues book from 1942.
The item said the initiation fee was $50 and even had Vernon’s birthdate on it of April 10, 1916.
Meanwhile, Graceland was closed for two months during the first lockdown this year but has now reopened.
Last week, the famous Christmas lights were put on during a virtual version of the annual ceremony.
In another video, Angie shared: “Elvis loved Christmas. It was always such a magical time of year here at his beloved home here in Memphis.
“Each year the Graceland staff continues Elvis’ same holiday traditions, such as changing the drapes from blue to red.
“Putting up Christmas trees in almost every room and even using the same lawn ornaments to decorate the outside of the mansion.”
Graceland are putting on special live Christmas tours of the mansion from 2-4pm on December 1-20 this year.