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Library Hosts Display in Conjunction with "Channeling Elvis" Observance

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Dec. 6, 2013) – The Center for Religious Studies in conjunction with the James C. Kirkpatrick Library, is featuring a display on "Channeling Elvis."  Wendy A-H Hawkins, Library assistant for public services, has created a dynamic eye-sparkling display of information about Elvis Presley.

Elvis display in library
Wendy Hawkins, library assistant in the James C. Kirkpatrick Library, has created a display about Elvis Presley in conjunction with the Center for Religions Studies’ year-long “Channel Elvis” observance.

The display takes the viewer through all stages of Presley's career.  It includes posters, photos, and collectable items. Several people within the Warrensburg Community have loaned the library items from their private collections, including Albion Mends, Naomi Williamson, Josh and Michele Welker, Suzanne "Sonny" Jensen, and Colette Tilden.

When asked about the display and its significance for students, employees, and the community, Hawkins said, "The journey of the Elvis Presley display has changed my perceptions of him as an entertainer and as an individual. During my research I found a real person, not just a legend or myth. I feel he was someone that felt deeply about the world and tried to effect change in it. In every display that I work on the information has to be condensed in some fashion in order to appeal to viewers. I hope that those who are not familiar with Elvis will find interest in it and the dedicated fans will forgive any omissions."

This display is just one of the many activities the Center for Religious Studies has planned as a way of introducing a new online course for spring 2014, "Elvis: Memphis Messiah."  Coming in the spring will be a play planned for Feb. 28-March 1, "Graceland."  Matt Lewis, an alumnus of UCM, will return on April 18, as an Elvis impersonator.

The display is to the right of the front entrance in the first floor read and relax area of the library. For detailed information, visit, or contact Marla Selvidge, director of the Center for Religious Studies, at