National Night Out 2016!


We had 25 host homes and 28 blocks participating last year and we would love to see that number increase!   If you are a block captain and have any questions regarding National Night Out please feel free to contact Elizabeth Cameron at 901-674-2972.  EHDA will provide balloons to all block captains/host homes the night of the parties.  Stay tuned for more details and get ready to come out and get to know your neighbors better and create an even greater community in our amazing neighborhood!

RedBall coming to the Brooks!


April 28-May 7

RedBall Project is the inaugural exhibition for Brooks Outside, a new program for the Brooks, which will enliven and invigorate Brooks Museum grounds, Overton Park, or sites around the community. Each has been chosen to offer meaningful experiences, to extend community goodwill, and to generate discussions about art in general.

RedBall Memphis Locations | 11 am – 6 pm, each day

Thursday, April 28 – Memphis Brooks Museum of Art plaza
Friday, April 29 – New Daisy Theatre, 330 Beale St.
Saturday, April 30 – Beale Street Landing, 251 Riverside Dr.
Sunday, May 1 – 409 S. Main St.
Monday, May 2 – University of Tennessee-HSC, Student Alumni Center, 800 Madison Ave.
Tuesday, May 3 – Barboro Alley, Front St. between Union and Gayoso
Wednesday May 4 – Memphis College of Art, in Overton Park
Thursday, May 5 – Hattiloo Theatre, 37 S. Cooper St.
Friday, May 6 – Stax Museum of American Soul Music, 926 E. McLemore Ave.
Saturday, May 7 – Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, 1916 Entrance, during Party for the Century


Click here for the official website.

OP Greensward

In 1978, Evergreen Historic District Association incorporated and drafted its Constitution and By Laws with this specific wording, “To be an advocate for, preserve and protect, Overton Park and the Old Forest, within as a valuable and unique natural setting.”  True to the written word, the breadth of what EHDA has done and continues to do in the fight to save the Greensward is extensive.   As early as 1989, EHDA had hands-on involvement in the negotiations that led to the Zoo Master Plan which specifically stated there would be no parking on the Greensward. Neither the Zoo nor the City has held up to this agreement.

To date, we’ve been seated at roundtable discussions with the Mayor, City Council, Overton Park Conservancy and the Zoo. In 2014, through our efforts with OPC, City officials promised, in writing, that a resolution to the Greensward parking issue was near.  In the final hour, that resolution was withdrawn.  Most recently, our legal counsel has filed a motion to intervene in the Chancery Court litigation currently pending between the Zoo and OPC.

In addition, last fall we hosted mayoral and council member debates with Evergreenissues at their heart making sure questions about the Greensward were addressed.  We’ve organized peaceful protests and funded environmental studies.

We’ve provided volunteers at Zoo shuttle stops and Park entrances — helping Zoo participants get to free offsite parking.  We are continually documenting the Greensward parking both on high and low traffic days.  We’ve even been the butt of editorial cartoons!

Council called a backdoor meeting to vote on a Greensward resolution, EHDA sent out an urgent request to all board members and neighbors asking them to attend the Council meeting.  Evergreen showed up in number providing historic, personal and often passionate accounts of what Overton Park means to us as a community.    While the resolution was voted down, EHDA is poised to continue its efforts both in the lawsuit that is currently pending and organizing the community in opposition to further damage to the Greensward.

To that end, EHDA representatives recently met with other groups trying to preserve the Park, and EHDA has joined an umbrella group which represents all of midtown, including:

  • Midtown Action Committee
  • Park Friends
  • EHDA
  • Memphis Heritage
  • Midtown Memphis Development Corp.
  • Stop Hurting Overton Park Group
  • Cooper Young
  • Overton Park Conservancy
  • East End Neighborhood
  • Belleair Woods
  • Morningside Place
  • Peace and Justice
  • Fairgrounds
  • Tucker Jefferson
  • VECA
  • Central Gardens

EHDA is not giving up!  We are hopeful the mediation now underway will be fruitful.  Saying this, now is the time to let your voice be heard, and loudly! Keep writing op-eds, sharing information, going to meetings, staying informed, enjoying the Greensward, calling local and national media, peacefully and respectfully protesting, and doing what you personally can to let your officials know you’re not backing down. Email the City Council members (, and please let Mayor Strickland, our former District 5 representative, know how you feel.

Overton Park

From EHDA’s President, Wain Rubenstein:

“I just want to thank everyone who came to the council meeting on March 1, and those who spoke. Also to the Evergreen Board for your support.  It was very gratifying to not only see Evergreeners there, but people from from all over Midtown, and other parts of the city. A special thanks to Carrie and Gene who have worked so hard on the legal side of this.

To say the least, we are all disappointed in the outcome, but I am the eternal optimist, and feel in the end we will prevail. We are on the side of right. It may not be everything we want, but I think we will gain some measure. Maybe I’m being naive, but I truly believe that.

I’m not sure what the next steps are, but this will be on the agenda for the Evergreen board meeting next week. Once again thanks to all.”

Annual Meeting Jan. 21


Evergreen Historic District Association Annual Meeting

Thursday, January 21, 2016 6:00 pm

Trinity United Methodist Church

1738 Galloway

Galloway at Evergreen (Childcare Provided)

Potluck Dinner! Bring a dish to share


Livable Memphis/Williamson Park, Sarah Newstock

City Councilman, Worth Morgan

Election of the EHDA 2016 Slate of Officers and Board


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New EHDA website!

We had an unfortunate event, and have lost our beloved website! Please have patience as we build a new one. If you are looking for information but it hasn’t found it’s way back to the website, please email us. You can email our EHDA president, Wain Rubenstein at or Allison Graham at