Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Frankly My Dear, "Windies" are Going to Love this Gone With The Wind Inspiration For Margaret Mitchell House 75th Anniversary



 "You know what trouble I's talkin' 'bout. I's talking 'bout Mr. Ashley Wilkes. 
He'll be comin' to Atlanta when he gets his leave, and you sittin' there waitin'
for him, just like a spider. He belongs to Miss Melanie..
Mammy

On Saturday, May 14, 2011 from 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM the Atlanta History Center's Margaret Mitchell House celebrates the 75th anniversary of the publication of Mitchell’s acclaimed novel, Gone With the Wind, by sponsoring a day of activities that includes:

• Guided tours of apartment #1 where Mitchell lived when she wrote Gone With the Wind
• Local historian, Tommy Jones, discusses the restoration of the Margaret Mitchell House and Margaret’s local influences on Gone With the Wind
• Dr. Matthew Bernstein, Emory University professor of Film and Media Studies, discusses depictions of slavery in GWTW and the book’s legacy in cinema and segregation in the South. 
• Interact with living history interpreters representing Civil War soldiers in the heart of Atlanta
• Cathy Kaemmerlen portrays Peggy Mitchell as a reporter for the Atlanta Journal
• Dance clinics teach the Virginia Reel, Charleston, and other popular dances from both Civil War and Margaret Mitchell’s era
• Gone With the Wind Trivia
• Betty Ann Wiley presents the popular word game known as Spoonerism
• Musical performances by The Musselwhite Family Bluegrass Band
• Kids activities
• Photo opportunities
This program is included with the price of general admission.  Members admitted free. Purchase tickets or call 404.814.4000 for more information.

“Gone With the Wind” means a lot in Atlanta. After all, Ms. Mitchell, who published her novel in 1936, lived, died and was buried here. Her story of the South before and after the Civil War is one that Atlantans, who like to joke that they only get burned once, hold as one of the city’s great contributions to American culture.

“Gone With the Wind” sold over one million copies within six months, the novel was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, has been translated into over forty languages, and seventy-five years later remains one of the best-selling novels of all time.


Such an enduring novel is deserving of a remarkable celebration don't you think. Question is ... what to wear?? Are you using Scarlett O'Hara as your fashion muse? Decisions, decisions..

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