Meet the team that works hard to document, preserve, and share our great city’s history. Our backgrounds are varied and we’ve spent our lives living in Memphis. We’ve witnessed first hand the growth, setbacks, political scene and all that Memphis has been through. Our bench is deep with knowledge and a genuine desire for our history to be preserved.


Dr. Doug Cupples

Dr. Doug Cupples
Dr Cupples holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in political science, and a Ph.D. in history from The University of Memphis.  He is active in several national and local historical organizations, and is Secretary of the Shelby Historical Commission. He holds memberships in the Organization of American History, the Southern Historical Association, and the Tennessee Historical Society.  He is a member of the editorial board for the West Tennessee Historical Society Papers, and has served as associate editor for the Confederate Chronicles of Tennessee.  In 1988 Dr. Cupples received the Colonial Dames in America Award for excellence in American history.

Dr. Cupples serves as Secretary for the Shelby County Historical Commission, and has held the offices of Chairman and Vice Chair.  He has a been a member of the West Tennessee Historical society for many years and has held numerous offices in that organization including two terms as president.  He is also a member of the American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition and the Memphis Chapter.

He served on the University of Memphis President’s Committee for the Chucalissa Archaeological site.  Since 1995, he has been a member of the Board of Directors for the Memphis Youth Symphony and a term on the Memphis Orchestral Society Board.  In the school year 1996/97, he served on the Parents Advisory Board for the Interlochen Arts Academy at Interlochen, Michigan.

Dr. Cupples has been an adjunct faculty member of The University of Memphis Department of History (1994) and Christian Brothers University Department of History and Political Science (1990) for many years, and he joined The University of Memphis as a full-time instructor in fall 2002 through 2011 after a forty year career in health care.  He taught courses in American History and World Civilization, U.S. Military History, National Security Issues, and Tennessee History and Civil War and Reconstruction.

Research interests include Memphis Civil War and Reconstruction History and local culture and artistic history.  In addition to research on mid-nineteenth century America, Dr. Cupples is currently undertaking an oral history project on Memphis/Mid-South art and art education and the Vinson-Owen figure skating family of Winchester, MA.  He is also an active photographer and artist.  He is married to Connie Cupples, Ph.d.


John Robilio
John is a lifelong Memphian. He graduated in 1968 from Memphis State with a degree in history, immediately started teaching at Christian Brothers High School and received his Masters in History in 1971.

John was on the 1972 committee to re-elect the President and worked in PR and advertising until 1979 when he joined the family business and was an executive at the Victor L Robilio company.

He’s an expert on the second world war focusing on the study of the Axis of powers made up by Germany, Japan and Italy. He’s a published historian and currently working on a study of Fascist Italy in the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s.


Devin Greaney

Devin Greaney
Devin was born in Memphis TN in 1965. He graduated from White Station and the University of Memphis. He has done numerous stories often focusing on local history for different publications. Some of his local interests include the evolution of downtown, lesser known places with interesting stories and public safety in the city. He can be reached at

Drew Canale

Drew Canale
Drew was born in Memphis attended Christian Brothers High School, Graduated Memphis State, Magna Cum Laude in ’79 and the Law school there in 1981.

Practiced law with Gerber, Gerber & Agee from 81-87 and in 1987 founded Canale Farms where he has since that time served as its president. Canale Farms is located in beautiful Oakland TN.



Tricia McMillan Gully

Tricia McMillian Gully
A lifelong Memphian, and Catholic school educated, Tricia attended Memphis State University, then University of Memphis, where she studied Fine Arts, Communications, and History.  Her past occupations included a career at FedEx and she is presently owner-operator of Aggie’s Pet Sitting Services. She is currently working as a editor and Historical Researcher with Joe Lowry.



Jason Terrell is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and a family historian. He has been doing genealogical research for over 25 years with an emphasis on Native American family research. He served for five years as the Vice Chairman for the Cherokee Phoenix, the tribal newspaper of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, and for two years as editor of Ansearchin’ News, the quarterly magazine of the Tennessee Genealogical Society. He is also a member of the Trail of Tears Association, which works to preserve the history of the removal of the tribes from the Southeast. Many of the fine photos on our site are due to Jason’s talent as a photographer. He can also be found on the web at Native Family Research.