Warren Perry has been awarded a 2013 Smithsonian Distinguished Research Prize from G. Wayne Clough, current Secretary of the Smithsonian. Warren's award is for the publication of Echoes of Elvis: The Cultural Legacy of Elvis Presley (Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, 2012), the proceedings of an academic symposium on Elvis Presley held at the National Portrait Gallery in March 2010.
The Smithsonian Secretary awards only ten annual Distinguished Research Prizes recognizing excellence in recent research by the institution’s employees. The award nominations are juried by a committee named by the Smithsonian Congress of Scholars and then must be approved by the Secretary.
As part of the Smithsonian's ongoing commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, Warren Perry will conduct an evening lecture, "The Battle for Cedar Creek: Crossroads in the Fight for the Shenandoah Valley," for the Smithsonian Associates on Tuesday, September 16 at 6:45 pm. The lecture will take place at the S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive, SW in Washington, DC.
Perry will discuss the final large-scale installment in Union Major General Philip Sheridan's campaign to lay waste to the Shenandoah Valley in the summer of 1864, the Battle of Cedar Creek, in which nearly 50,000 men fought for control of the “breadbasket of the Confederacy.” This program is part of a series presented by the National Park Service and Belle Grove National Historical Park that focuses on a broad spectrum of topics related to the 150th anniversary of the 1864 Shenandoah Campaign.
Recent NPG blog articles by Warren Perry have focused on some important historic anniversaries: a close look at some of the tragic events of May 1864, including the death of Jeb Stuart, the beginning of Sherman's march on the South, and the death of American writer Nathaniel Hawthorne; the 70th anniversary of D-Day; and the anniversary of the executions of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg in 1953.
On Saturday, May 10, at 12:00 pm, Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery Writer Warren Perry will give a talk on Elvis 1956, a book which he co-authored and which served as an exhibition catalogue for the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service Exhibition, Elvis at 21, which Perry also co-curated.
Elvis 1956 was a Bronze Award Winner in 2010 (Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Awards) and is a book the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame calls “the first and last unguarded look at Elvis.”
The talk will take place on the 2nd floor of the NPG (8th and G Streets, NW, Washington, DC) in the American Cool exhibition, in front of the portrait of Elvis Presley.
On April 16, Warren Perry's play The Sitters, which originally debuted Off-Off Broadway in the Strawberry One Act Festival, 2006, was directed by his cousin Nancy Layne Prescott and performed by actors at the Gulf Breeze High School in Gulf Breeze, Florida.