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Washington DC — By Jon Rochetti on April 7, 2010 at 5:53 am
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Elvis Makes News in Washington DC

Rare artifacts tracking the musical career of the “King,” Elvis Presley, are on display at the Newseum in Washington DC.  The exhibit includes a number of rare objects from his Graceland estate that have never been displayed in public.

Some of the items include letters, private telegrams, photo scrapbooks, along with newspaper articles and magazines that chronicle and Elvis in the US Armycovered the history of Elvis Presley’s rise as the American Rock & Roll icon and a major media sensation.

Elvis was a huge newsmaker from the time he burst onto the music scene until his death in 1977. In fact, Elvis is still making news.

The Newseum’s exhibit tells the story of Elvis as he was portrayed in the news media and how his music, performing and risqué dancing pushed the envelope of mainstream decorum and how the media covered him.

The museum’s 90-foot video wall will be playing vintage clips of Elvis, from interviews to live performances.

In 1954, Elvis had his first hit record, and by 1956, after television appearances on The Milton Berle Show, The Steve Allen Show and The Ed Sullivan Show, he was on to super stardom.

Additionally, the exhibit includes:

  • Elvis Presley’s black leather jacket and his 1957 Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
  • The Army dress uniform Elvis wore during his service in the U.S. Army from 1958-60.
  • A jumpsuit and cape Presley wore during rehearsals in 1973 for his “Aloha From Hawaii” concert.
  • The gold-and-diamond belt presented to Presley in 1969 for breaking Las Vegas attendance records and the velvet jacket he wore during his meeting at the White House with President Richard Nixon in 1970.

Elvis! His Groundbreaking, Hip-Shaking, Newsmaking Story
Big Screen Theater
555 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington DC (map it)

Dates & Times - 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  daily, except major holidays. The Elvis exhibit is through February 14, 2011.

Tickets – Adults – $19.95, Seniors – $17.95, children 7-18 – $12.95, under 7 are free.  Tickets are available online and get a 10% discount.

Nearest Metro Subway Station – Archives/Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter Station – Green and Yellow lines, then a 2-block walk, or use the DC Circulator bus.

Parking – Limited metered street parking and area paid garage parking is available.

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