On Thursday, November 13, 2014, Warren Perry spoke at the Morris Museum of Art in Augusta, Georgia, in conjunction with the opening of the exhibition An Artist's Story: Civil War Drawings by Edwin Forbes. The lecture, entitled "Guns, Horses, Uniforms, and More Guns: Themes of American Civil War Visual Culture," discussed some of the general material and visual culture of the Civil War and specifically the battlefield drawings of artist Edwin Forbes, whose work will be on display at the Morris Museum of Art until February 15, 2015.
Warren Perry's recent Civil War lecture, "The Battle for Cedar Creek: Crossroads in the Fight for the Shenandoah Valley," which he gave at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC on September 16, will air tonight, November 1, 2014, on CSPAN-3 at 6:00 pm and 10:00 pm EDT.
The lecture was sponsored by the Smithsonian Associates and the National Park Service to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the battle.
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 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.