With the sad news of photographer Alfred Wertheimer's passing on October 19, 2014, below are some photographs of him taken by Warren Perry at the opening of the Elvis at 21 exhibition at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC in 2010. Wertheimer was well known for his early images of a young Elvis Presley, including the famous image, known as "the Kiss," shown with him below.
On Friday, October 10, Warren Perry will read his dramatic adaptation of the works of naturalist Archie Carr, Sea Turtles, Herons among Cows, and Prying about in Strange Places, as part of a benefit for the Friends of Carr Cabin, Inc. in Umatilla, Florida. Carr was a well-known Florida environmentalist and a specialist in sea turtles, and his family cabin and land in Umatilla were donated by his family to Ocala National Forest in 2007. The Friends of Carr Cabin have formed a partnership with the US Forest Service to preserve and interpret the Carr Cabin and the legacy of Archie Carr.
The program will be held from 6 to 8 pm at The Palms, the historic Collins family home, at 110 North Trowell Avenue, Umatilla, Florida.
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.