The opening of a major exhibit, an afternoon of engaging talks and a reception are among the events Aug. 23 at the University of Georgia Special Collections Libraries to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the premiere of Gone With the Wind.
The occasion begins at 2 p.m. with exhibit tours led by Mary Ellen Brooks, director emeritus of the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library and curator of the exhibit on the life of the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. The UGA Libraries has the largest collection of Mitchell personal papers and other materials in the country, donated by Mitchell’s brother, Stephens Mitchell. The exhibit will remain on display through the end of the year.
Other events scheduled:
- “These Movie People are Crazy as Bedbugs,” a talk by John Wiley, author and editor of the The Scarlett Letter, 3 p.m.
- “Look what The Wind Blew In! Behind the Scenes Letters of Margaret Mitchell and Her Friends,” a glimpse into the private life of the Atlanta author, 4 p.m.
- Wiley and Brooks also will offer tributes to the late Herb Bridges of Coweta County, who, at one time, had the largest collection of Gone With the Wind movie memorabilia and was a popular speaker on the topic, 5 p.m.
- A reception will conclude the afternoon.
Cost for the event is $50 per person. Register online at: https://gail.uga.edu/events/libs/gone-with-the-wind-exhibit-opening or call Leandra Nessel at (706) 542-3879.
Parking is available in the Hull Street Deck, immediately adjacent to the Russell Building, 300 S. Hull St.