Monday, August 10, 2009

Hair today, gone tomorrow!’

Singer Elvis Presley gets his hair cut before entering the Army at

Fort Chaffee in Barling, Arkansas

in this March 1958 file photo.

The Chaffee Barbershop Museum in Fort Smith is observing Elvis week with free daily tours through August 16th. Presley was inducted into the Army on March 24, 1958, which was labeled by many of his fans as “Black Monday.” The most dramatic event, was the shearing of Presley’s famous locks. That historic event took place in Building 803, which was converted into a museum last September. The museum contains barbershop furnishings re-created to the way Presley saw it when he was there 51 years ago. The museum also contains photographs and footage of a TV interview Presley gave while at the base.

Also at the museum are exhibits chronicling the entire history of Fort Chaffee and its role through five wars and multiple crises. Elvis Presley died on Aug.16, 1977. Elvis Week takes place annually in Memphis, where Elvis lived. When it isn’t Elvis Week, the museum is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.


  1. Haw if I don't do something to my Locks I will not want anyone to take pictures of me ,for sure.
    Have a happy day.
    Elsie <><

  2. How fun! I wish I lived closer I would love to go to this! And to Graceland too!!

  3. thanks so much for all the history you share!!!

    Was your profession in History or English???

  4. You always post the most interesting stuff. I would love to visit that museum. I love history. Even if it is pop culture history.

  5. Thanks for the memories. I told several of my younger friends that Elvis' death was much like the death of Michael Jackson was for them. "Hound Dog" was the first record I ever bought.

  6. Can you believe I am one hour and 45 minutes from Graceland and have never been? Keep saying we are going and weekends just pass by and no Graceland!!!


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