This month we are making an appearance at the much anticipated event for the pre-spring season, The Children’s Museum of Memphis’ Cirque du CMOM. This shoot was very special for me as I got to ride, once again, the Libertyland carousel, a huge piece of Memphis history resurrected once again.
Memphis’ Grand Carousel was built in 1909 and purchased by the Memphis Park Commission in 1923. Every horse on this beautiful merry go round was hand carved by Gustave Dentzel. “G.A. Dentzel Company was an American builder of carousels in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Its founder, Gustav Dentzel, had immigrated to the United States in 1860 from Germany. Having carved carousels for his father before immigrating he opened a cabinet making shop on Germantown Ave. in Philadelphia. He soon tired of the cabinet making business and decided to try his hand at building a small portable carousel that he could travel with around the country. After finding that people had a great enthusiasm for his carousel he decided to go into the carousel building business full-time in 1867, hiring other woodworkers who had also emigrated from Europe.” – Wikipedia
The carousel resided at Memphis’ historic Libertyland, favorited by the Mid-south’s elite most notable, Elvis Presley.
After the park closed it’s doors in 2005, two very famous attractions were salvaged.Elvis’ favorite roller coaster, The Zippin’ Pippin’ and The Grand Carousel.
The Grand Carousel was purchased by The Children’s Museum of Memphis and the restoration process began. The 29 month process to revive the 1909 attraction cost about $1.1 million. During this time, CMOM built a facility to house the beautiful handcrafted ride which totals the entire project to $4.5 million.
This upcoming Saturday Feb, 3rd, we will be celebrating this magnificent piece of Memphis history with The Children’s Museum of Memphis’ Cirque du CMOM event, the “Over the TOp” party of the year.
CMOM hosts an annual fundraiser to support the expansion and programs at The Children’s Museum which creates memorable learning experiences for the kids of Memphis providing endless opportunities for children of all ages to learn and flourish while having fun. We would love for you all to join us this Saturday! CLICK HERE to purchase your ticket to view and ride a piece of Memphis history, all while supporting a fabulous cause.