Located on Marietta, Ga.’s historic town square, the museum has an extensive collection of memorabilia relating to the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and Academy Award-winning movie. Highlights include the original Bengaline honeymoon gown worn by Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara in the movie, Margaret Mitchell’s personal volumes of the novel, rare press and publicity books, costume pieces, contracts and more.
The event will open with an actress portraying one of the main characters from The Secret of the Belles in a brief performance piece. While at the museum, visitors will be able to see the costumed figures doll maker Mary Ellen Lucas made of three of the main characters from Witt’s novel as well as the museum’s latest acquisition, a beautiful reproduction of the burgundy dress seen in the film. Donated by costumers Mike and Sarah Goodson of Hixon, Tenn., it is made from the same specifications set forth by Hollywood icon and Gone With the Wind designer Walter Plunkett.
Atlanta, Georgia: A Photographic Portrait is the newest book in Twin Lights Publishers’ Photographic Portrait series and retails for $26.95. It features stunning photography by Paul Scharff and narrative by Witt, an award-winning author and travel writer. The book is a paean to this international cultural melting pot renowned for its world-class attractions, culinary and shopping landscapes and historic neighborhoods.
The Secret of the Belles ($12.95) is set during Atlanta’s 1939 three-day premiere for the movie, “Gone with the Wind,” and in present-day Marietta. Cammie King Conlon (“Bonnie Blue Butler” in Gone With the Wind) called Witt’s book “a beautiful read” and one that “captures the powerful spell that Gone With the Wind casts over two young women generations apart.”
The museum will open at 1 p.m. for tours and book purchases; the book signing will begin at 2 p.m. The performance piece will precede the book signing. Light refreshments will be served. An admission fee of $5 per person includes all activities listed above.
Visit the Marietta Gone With the Wind Museum website, http://www.GWTWMarietta.com, or Facebook page for details or call 770-794-5576. To interview the author, email Kathy Witt at WittK@fuse.net, http://www.KathyWitt.com.
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Marietta Gone With the Wind Museum: Scarlett on the Square
ABOUT THE MARIETTA GONE WITH THE WIND MUSEUM | Marietta Gone With the Wind Museum: Scarlett on the Square houses the private collection of Dr. Chris Sullivan of Akron, Ohio. With hundreds of original artifacts relating to the famous book and film, the museum attracts visitors both nationally and abroad. Celebrating 10 years in 2013, the museum, a major tourist attraction for the City of Marietta, is best known to fans and out-of-state travelers as a gathering place for Hollywood celebrities and authors during annual events.