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|GRACELAND, 35 YEARS OPEN FOR BUSINESS
June 12, 2017 - EPE / Elvis Express Radio
Before Graceland opened to the public in 1982, it was practically unheard of for fans to take a tour of their favorite celebrity’s home.
Thirty-five years later, millions of Elvis fans from around the world have done just that at Elvis Presley’s Graceland. They’ve experienced the colorful Jungle Room and imagined
watching TV with the ceramic monkey in the TV Room. They’ve been wowed by walls of awards and sparkling jumpsuits. They’ve stepped aboard his airplanes and taken selfies
with his famous Pink Cadillac.
Graceland opened to the public for tours on June 7, 1982 – 35 years ago. Graceland has remained largely unchanged, but the Graceland experience has evolved and expanded
into something you have to see to believe.
June 7, 1982 – Graceland opens for tours. Elvis’ cars were still in the carport, as no Car Museum had been created yet. Guests were transported to the mansion in vans, after
purchasing a ticket across the street at a ticket office, which included a gift shop.
Below is the original Graceland press pack taken from the personal collection of E.E.R's very own Joe Krein (Click on images to open in a new page)
|Below are a few images from that historic opening day at Graceland on June 7, 1982