2011–The 75th Anniversary of GWTW, the book, based in part on writings from the Mitchell family scrapbook, shown above.
There are a lot of events celebrating Gone With The Wind and we wanted to let you know about a few of them. If you have events you would like mentioned in these articles, please email us. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Missouri Cherry Blossom Festival always has a Gone With the Wind tie-in and this year’s festival is no exception. They are dedicating the festival to Gone With the Wind’s Olivia de Havilland and Alicia Rhett. Both Rhett and de Havilland were honored in absentia with other GWTW surviving actors last year– and Rhett has since passed away. We always try to go to this fun festival which features an interesting assortment of people. [For info on Mo. Cherry Blossom Festival: http://www.stlsportspage.com/BUSINESSPLEASURE/tabid/121/entryid/1448/rains-leads-panel-on-jackie-robinson-plus-schedule-for-mo-cherry-blossom-fest.aspx]
This writer’s husband Rob Rains will be heading up a sports panel at the festival on Friday, but due to scheduling conflicts we will not be participating in the GWTW Panel on Saturday. The GWTW Panel will be moderated by Angela Danovi, who runs OliviadeHavillandOnline.com; and Chris Sullivan, a collector of GWTW memorabilia will be on hand to talk about the movie.
Another celebration in honor of the 75th Anniversary of Gone With the Wind’s premiere in Atlanta is at the Road to Tara Museum in Jonesboro, Georgia:
During National Tourism Week, May 5th through 10th, the Road to Tara Museum will offer discounted admission to the museum of 75-cents per person. The Gone With The Wind Tour, a historic mini-bus tour that departs from the museum Monday through Saturday, will also be discounted to $7.50 per person. The Gone With The Wind Tour will be offered at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. Advance reservations are required for the Gone With The Wind Tour during this promotional week and these
prices are only available during this week of celebration.
“This is a great opportunity for those who have visited before and for those who haven’t, to visit and see what the museum is featuring and has added over the last year,” said Danielle Conroy, Director of Marketing and Communications at the Clayton County Convention & Visitors Bureau. “This is a big anniversary for the film and we’d love for fans of the movie to come out and celebrate with us.”
The Road to Tara Museum houses a collection of memorabilia dedicated to the novel and film, Gone
With the Wind. The majority of the museum focuses on the characters and actors that brought Margaret
Mitchell’s beloved novel to life. Visitors will see reproductions of some of Scarlett’s most famous
dresses, an original manuscript and, new for 2014, four character portraits of Rhett, Scarlett, Ashley
and Melanie from the 1939 Atlanta premiere. Another new addition to the museum includes a look at
the real history of the Civil War’s Atlanta Campaign and Battle of Jonesboro, the backdrop to Margaret
The Gone With The Wind Tour, a mini-bus tour encompassing the city of Jonesboro, plays a nostalgic
audio narrative. It highlights the role Jonesboro played in the Civil War and its unique ties to Margaret
Mitchell’s world-renowned novel.
Charleston, South Carolina
An exhibit opened on Sunday April 13th in Charleston, SC at the Fort Sumter Visitor Center in downtown Charleston, and focuses on Alicia Rhett who played India Wilkes in David O. Selznick’s Gone With the Wind. Rhett, who was an important painter in the area in her years after doing the movie, is being remembered, as is her family history in Charleston and their ties to Fort Sumter.
The exhibit, which runs through July, features items from the collections of Fort Sumter and the Charleston Museum as well as the Dock Street Theatre and the South Carolina Historical Society.
Thurs. May 1, 2014 7-9 p.m. at Ellis Library and Reference Center, Kathleen Marcaccio gives a talk exploring the history behind Margaret Mitchell’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel Gone With the Wind and the 1939 film. She also provides a look into Margaret Mitchell’s life after Gone With the Wind and the popular culture that surrounds it.
Click here for the information on the June 6-8 Marietta Event: https://gwtwbook.wordpress.com/2014/03/20/marietta-gwtw-june-6-8-event-schedule-announced/
Sally Tippett Rains is the author of The Making of A Masterpiece, The Story of Margaret Mitchell and Gone With the Wind
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