The Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries at the University of Georgia will host its first biannual reception celebrating new exhibitions on display, Nov. 5 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The event will include light refreshments, guided tours, and gallery activities. The reception is free and open to the public.
Exhibitions highlighted include: “Unbeaten, Untied, Undisputed: Georgia’s 1980 National Championship Season,” “Seeing Georgia: Changing Visions of Tourism in the Modern South,” “Set Off for Georgia…,” “Hello Freddy! A Tribute to Tony Award Winner Freddy Wittop,” “Selections from the Pennington Radio Collection,” and the annual exhibition honoring new inductees into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame.
“Unbeaten, Untied, Undisputed: Georgia’s 1980 National Championship Season” revisits the glory days of the 1980 football season, when “Bulldog Bite” played on everyone’s radio and Buck Belue and future Heisman winner Herschel Walker led the Bulldogs to victory. The display features a selection of materials from the UGA Athletic Association archives, including rarely seen photographs, team uniforms, and team gear created and worn by rowdy fans.
“Seeing Georgia: Changing Visions of Tourism in the Modern South,” explores the state’s transformation from a way station along the route to Florida into a tourist destination all its own. The exhibit highlights six popular sites in Georgia and considers questions of access, preservation, and economics. A replica roadside stand, 1920s gas pump, as well as historic photographs, postcards, and other ephemera set the scene and invite visitors to explore the tourist experience over the course of the 20th century.
“Set Off for Georgia…” celebrates the 250th anniversary of John and William Bartram’s natural history expedition in colonial Georgia. In 1765, the elder Bartram was appointed the “Royal Botanist” by King George III and, with his son William, set out for South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida on a collecting trip that would last two years. The exhibit features original manuscripts, engravings, and maps from the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library as well as specimens from the Georgia Natural History Museum.
“Hello Freddy! A Tribute to Tony Award Winner Freddy Wittop” focuses on career highlights of the costume designer who dressed hordes of Broadway actors, Latin Quarter nightclub dancers and Parisian showgirls. From the red-sequined gown worn during the title number of Hello Dolly! to original designs, playbills, and notebooks filled with sketches and swatches, the display spotlights Wittop’s achievements on Broadway, as well as his time as a dancer.
“Selections from the Pennington Radio Collection” features tube radios, external speakers and other artifacts dating from 1913 to 1933, restored by the late Claude L. Pennington Jr. of Macon. A physician who specialized in microsurgery of the inner ear, Pennington was fascinated by another intricate mechanism: the tube radio.
The annual Georgia Writers Hall of Fame exhibit explores the careers of this year’s inductees: Vereen Bell, Taylor Branch, Paul Hemphill, and Janisse Ray. The display includes photographs and selected works by each author.
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