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The Surf Speaks has been published in the new book, entitled Remembering Popular Music's Past: Memory-Heritage-History (June 2019). It was published by Anthem Press, a leading independent publisher of innovative academic research, educational material and reference works in established and emerging fields. Project Co-Leads Sheryl and Sherry Davis were invited to contribute their research by Drs. Zelmarie Cantillon, Sarah Baker and Lauren Istvandity, cultural sociologists at Griffith University. The title of their chapter is Phenomenology of the Surf Ballroom's Winter Dance Party: Affect and Community at a Popular Music Heritage Site. 

The Surf Speaks Project Co-Leads Sheryl and Sherry Davis organized an Everly Brothers Pop-Up Museum on January 31st at the Surf Ballroom's Winter Dance Party. The exhibit featured memorabilia exclusive to Don and Phil Everly's formative years in Shenandoah, Iowa and their historic 1986 homecoming concert and provided an update on current efforts to preserve and interpret their childhood home. In commemoration of the Winter Dance Party’s 60th anniversary, the museum also honored the Everly Brothers’ performance history at the Surf Ballroom and their influential friendship with Buddy Holly and The Crickets. Admission was free with donations being encouraged to support the Everly Brothers Childhood Home Foundation.

In Spring 2018, The Surf Speaks Project Co-Lead Sheryl Davis received two national awards for her work in music heritage preservation. She was named to the National Trust for Historic Preservation's 40 Under 40: People Saving Places inaugural list and also received the Gladys Krieble Delmas Visiting Scholar Award at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives. 

In continuing their work for Iowa's rock and roll heritage, The Surf Speaks Project Co-Leads Sheryl and Sherry Davis visited the Everly Brothers Childhood Home in Shenandoah in October 2016 and afterwards became involved as historic preservation consultants. The sisters organized a presentation for the Surf Ballroom's 2017 Winter Dance Party program and have been involved with many initiatives including a documentary film, fundraising concerts, acquiring new exhibit items and digitally preserving the home. They represented the organization at the inaugural Johnny Cash Heritage Festival in October 2017 and in February 2018, announced a partnership with The Buddy Holly Educational Foundation, honoring the friendship and musicianship between Buddy Holly and The Everly Brothers.

The Buddy Holly Center sent a notification to The Surf Speaks that in their latest podcast there was "...a general shout-out to all that you and the Surf Ballroom do to keep the spirit of Buddy Holly and rock and roll alive!" The Frames and Fame podcast episode The Last Tour was broadcast on February 1, 2017. 

The Surf Speaks Project Co-Leads Sheryl and Sherry Davis appear in the fourth installment (January 30, 2017) of The Day The Music Was Visited by The Holy Rocka Rollaz. This series documents the band's evolving relationship with Clear Lake and the Winter Dance Party. This segment revisits their 2016 performance at the Surf Ballroom in anticipation of their return in February 2017.

The Surf Speaks was a featured component of the Iowa Rock and Roll Music Association's museum exhibit in honor of Buddy Holly's 80th Birthday. The exhibit ran from October 2016 to February 2017. On October 15, the Buddy 80 special exhibit opening, birthday reception and Reminiscences session was followed by an evening concert at the Roof Garden Ballroom. Buddy 80 was organized by The Surf Speaks Project Co-Leads Sheryl and Sherry Davis. The project's crowd-sourcing approach to document the 2016 Winter Dance Party provides a collective snapshot and historical record from the unique perspective of its music fans within the context of the final career performance by The Crickets. 

A summary of The Surf Speaks was published in Bandstand Diaries: The Philadelphia Years 1956 to 1963. The book's national launch party was held on November 4, 2016 at the show's original studio in Philadelphia. Bandstand Diaries is the first book to tell the story of the show's famed dancers. Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson ("The Big Bopper") all appeared on American Bandstand. Both The Surf Speaks and Bandstand Diaries emphasize the importance of music fans and their significant role in the history and preservation of early rock and roll. 

The Surf Speaks collaborated with Capture Films UK to interview Chicago radio/TV icon Bob Hale during the 2016 Winter Dance Party. Hale was the MC for the Surf Ballroom's 1959 Winter Dance Party concert with Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson ("The Big Bopper"). The interview, conducted on February 6, 2016, can be viewed on The Airplay Channel, a project inspired by the award-winning documentary Airplay: The Rise and Fall of Rock Radio which aired on PBS. 

The Surf Speaks Project Co-Leads Sheryl and Sherry Davis took a tour of the memorial site where the plane carrying pilot Roger Peterson, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson ("The Big Bopper") came to rest. KIMT News 3 aired a segment, Crash Site Stirs Up Mixed Emotions, featuring the group's afternoon tour on February 6, 2016. Sheryl and Sherry are seen kneeling near the guitar monument for a photo after paying their respects and placing a The Surf Speaks button.

On February 6, 2016, the final day of the Winter Dance Party, a group photo was taken for The Surf Speaks "Class of 2016" and the National Trust for Historic Preservation's This Place Matters campaign. Musicians, fans and community members stood together in advocacy of the Surf Ballroom: "This Place Matters to the continuing story of rock and roll!" It was an honor for all in attendance that Jerry Allison, founding member and drummer of The Crickets, joined the photo just hours before what would be his final career performance with the band.

The Winter Dance Party community, from Surf Ballroom staff and volunteers to artists and fans, were invited to join The Surf Speaks "Class of 2016" group photo and sign the banner featured in the photo on February 6, 2016. After signatures were collected from participants, including Bob Hale and John Cumberland (Bopper and Me), the banner was donated to the Surf Ballroom Museum. 

In January 2016, Music Heritage UK highlighted The Surf Speaks and the Winter Dance Party's annual British Buddy Holly Society Luncheon (BBHSL) in an article on their site, Commemorating the Day the Music Died. Sheryl Davis, Project Co-Lead of The Surf Speaks, has been their U.S. Ambassador since September 2014. 

When The Surf Speaks reached out to Mike Berry for permission to use his Tribute to Buddy Holly (1961) on the website, Mike was warm and encouraging: "I'm very pleased and flattered that you saw fit to use my 'Tribute To Buddy Holly' recording as your sort of 'theme' tune? I wish you every success in your endeavours to keep alive the great heritage Buddy and all the other pioneering rock 'n' roll artists of every colour and creed left us. If there is any way I can help to sustain the momentum you are a very important part of, please let me know!" Mike performed Buddy Holly's True Love Ways on The Voice UK in February 2016 and the single was released by Rollercoaster Records. 

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