What started as Sears Crosstown has become Crosstown Concourse and now its past, present and future have been captured in the newest book from Mid-South author Bill Haltom.Read More »
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When it opened in 1927, Sears Crosstown, now Crosstown Concourse, was the southeastern regional warehouse and distribution center for the Sears Catalogue mail-order empire. Each day, more than forty-five thousand orders were processed by more than 1,500 workers. As a result, Sears Crosstown became known locally as “the Wish Building.” For more than half a century, the iconic building and its surrounding neighborhood flourished until the decline of Sears in the 1980s. For decades, the once dynamic destination for commerce was vacant and shuttered. Then a unique group of Memphians emerged to resurrect Sears Crosstown with a plan most thought was impossible. In his latest book, Bill tells the story of “the Wish Building”—its past, present and future.Click here to order your copy! »
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The snail darter, at the time one of Tennessee's endangered species, proved to be a feisty little creature. It was fruitful, multiplied and survived.Read More »
Placing busts of Reps. Joseph Hanover, Banks Turner and Harry Burn in the State Capitol will tell the story of their role in suffrage for women.Read More »
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On August 18, 1920, thirty-year-old Tennessee State Representative Joseph Hanover walked through the lobby of The Hermitage Hotel in Nashville to be greeted by cheers and jeers. Joe Hanover had become the nation’s leading male voice in the fight for woman suffrage. The most powerful forces in Tennessee opposed him. But Joe Hanover, a Polish immigrant, was not going to back away from the fight. He asked, “Why can’t Mother vote?” And then he set about to take care of the unfinished business of Democracy.
In his latest book, Bill tells the inspirational story of this unsung hero of woman suffrage.
The book will also be available at Burke’s Books and Novel Memphis, and online at Amazon.com and other booksellers.Read More »
In his latest book, Bill has teamed up with a brilliant young writer—Amanda Swanson—to tell the story of a game-changing lawsuit, Victoria Cape v. the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association.Read More »