Tours of Lambuth 'Heritage Rooms' at University of Memphis Lambuth Campus in Jackson are part of 2015 Memphis Annual Conference in Jackson

4/13/2015

Tours of the Lambuth "Heritage Rooms" at the University of Memphis Lambuth Campus in Jackson, Tenn., will be offered during the 2015 Memphis Annual Conference taking place in Jackson, May 31-June 3. John Yarbrough (blue shirt) and Gene Smith are among those who will be available to lead the tours. Photos by Lane Gardner Camp


By Lane Gardner Camp, Director of Communications

Tours of the Lambuth Heritage Rooms on the University of Memphis Lambuth Campus will be offered twice during the 2015 Memphis Annual Conference.

The 2015 Memphis Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church takes place May 31-June 3 in downtown Jackson, Tenn., at the Carl Perkins Civic Center and Jackson First UMC.

The 57-acre University of Memphis Lambuth Campus is located at 705 Lambuth Boulevard in the Lambuth Area Neighborhood of Jackson.

The Jackson Alumni Board for University of Memphis Lambuth Campus will conduct the tours with the full support of the school's administration, including Dr. Niles Reddick, the school's vice provost and a member of Jackson First UMC.

Tours are set for Sunday, May 31, and Tuesday, June 2. Shuttle transportation will be offered to and from the Civic Center (limited seating) OR tour participants may drive their own vehicles and park on the south side of the campus near the tennis courts to join the tours. Click here for directions.

Sunday, May 31

  • Shuttle leaves Civic Center at 2:30 p.m. headed to University of Memphis Lambuth Campus
  • Tour begins 2:45 p.m. at Student Union. Group will walk to Womack Memorial Chapel where Lambuth Heritage Rooms are located.
  • Shuttle departs University of Memphis Lambuth Campus at 4 p.m. headed back to Civic Center
Tuesday, June 2
  • Shuttle leaves Civic Center at 5:30 p.m. headed to University of Memphis Lambuth Campus
  • Tour begins 5:45 p.m. at Student Union. Group will walk to Womack Memorial Chapel where Lambuth Heritage Rooms are located
  • Shuttle departs University of Memphis Lambuth Campus at 7 p.m. headed back to Civic Center
Tours will allow participants to see printed materials, photographs, artifacts and more that have been assembled in two rooms and hallways at the rear of the chapel. One room has as its focus the educational history and religious life of United Methodist-affiliated Lambuth University before it closed in 2011 and became part of the University of Memphis while the other room’s themes include athletics and Greek life.
 
There also is a complete collection of Lambuth yearbooks for visitors to peruse.

Organizers of the tours include John Yarbrough and Gene Smith, members of the Jackson Alumni Board for University of Memphis Lambuth Campus. The two men live in Jackson, are members of Jackson First UMC and have been actively involved in establishing and organizing the heritage rooms with materials and artifacts retrieved from the school’s archives and new historical items that continue to be found for or donated to the collection.

“We have so much stuff that we think we will have to rotate it,” said Yarbrough, who graduated from the school in 1972 and is the current president of the Jackson Alumni Board. Smith is not a graduate of Lambuth, but his three children graduated from the school in 1979, 1982 and 1984.
 
Yarbrough and Smith said they hope lots of Memphis Annual Conference delegates and visitors will join the tours or visit the campus while in Jackson and see the many physical and other improvements being made by the University of Memphis. The Heritage Rooms will only be open during the announced tour times.

The school’s student population in the Fall of 2014 was 850 and the goal for the Fall of 2015 is 1000 students, said Yarbrough, who credits and appreciates the University of Memphis for helping to  promote and preserve the history and contributions of Lambuth that date back to 1843.

In addition to the Jackson Alumni Board, there are Memphis and Nashville Alumni Boards, explained Yarbrough, who may be contacted for more information about the tours or Heritage Rooms at jeytpta56@bellsouth.net or 731-695-3585.