Museum operators to get money for renovation - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Museum operators to get money for renovation

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) - The Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau has approved a request for $50,000 to fund major renovations at the Elvis Presley Museum.

The decision came after the museum's trustees revealed their financial situation. Members of the Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau twice denied the request earlier this summer because members of the Elvis Presley Memorial Foundation had refused to turn over their financial reports.

The foundation also has requested $100,000 in funding from the city, which is expected to make its decision in September. Renovations are scheduled to begin this fall.

Organizers plan to turn the museum into a multimedia exhibit focusing mostly on Elvis the boy, who was born and grew up in Tupelo. It also will feature a tribute to Presley family friend and long-time foundation chairwoman Janelle McComb, and memorabilia from Elvis' days as an entertainer.

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