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Gone With the Wind: 75th Anniversary

Most events are free and open to the public, though space is limited. Reservations are required. More detailed information is below. Reservations must be received by Wednesday, May 4, 2011.

Friday, May 6, 2011
Exhibit Opening and Reception – 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
“In a Weak Moment, I Have Written a Book” - Margaret Mitchell’s letters about Gone With the Wind
Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library
3rd Floor, UGA Main Library
Exhibit materials are taken from the vast personal collection of Margaret Mitchell in the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library. The collection includes letters, manuscripts, photographs, and other materials.

Georgia Writers Hall of Fame Inductee Terry Kay will present a talk entitled "Remembering Prissy and Other Such Thoughts"

Cost: $35 per person
Parking : Parking is available in the North Campus Parking Deck located on South Jackson Street. Parking validation will be provided.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Room 101, Miller Learning Center

9:00am – 10:00am John Wiley, Author -- FREE
John will discuss his book: Margaret Mitchell’s “Gone With the Wind”: A Best Seller’s Odyssey from Atlanta to Hollywood.
Read more about John here:

10:10am– 11:00am Herb Bridges, Author -- FREE
Mr. Bridges is the author of six books on the subject of Gone With the Wind and has presented lectures and exhibits throughout the United States. His collection of GWTW memorabilia has been on exhibit in Canada and France, plus two massive exhibits in Japan in 1992 and 1995. The collection is now on permanent exhibit at the Road to Tara Museum in Jonesboro, GA. Mr. Bridges’ presentation will chronicle the early life of Miss Mitchell in Atlanta, and then explore the writing of her epic novel.

11:10am – 12:00pm Mary Ellen Brooks, Emeritus Director of the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library - FREE
“Did she get him back?" The number one question of fans of GWTW. Exploring Margaret Mitchell’s fan mail and her gracious and humorous responses
No one has spent more time with the Margaret Mitchell collection than Mary Ellen Brooks, who will share some of the most interesting and entertaining correspondence received by Margaret Mitchell after the publication of GWTW.

12:30pm - 3:00pm Lunch, Screening, and Discussion -- FREE

Change in the Wind CB Hackworth, Documentary Filmmaker
Mary Rose Taylor, Founder and Former Director of the Margaret Mitchell House and Museum.
Change in the Wind looks at the surprising friendship that arose between Margaret Mitchell and Dr. Benjamin Mayes, President of Morehouse College.
For more information about Change in the Wind:

Because there is limited time for lunch, we will be offering boxed lunches for $15 per person. Choose between Turkey & Swiss on white bread or Veggie Wrap. Your choice will be paired with cous cous, a fruit cup, a cookie, and bottled water.

3:15pm – 4:00pm Susan Lindsley, Author -- FREE
Susan is the niece of Sue Myrick, one of Margaret Mitchell’s closest friends. When the filming of Gone With the Wind began, Mitchell, who was afraid that the book would be given the stereotypical Hollywood treatment of the South, recommended that her friend Susan be hired as a technical advisor. In 1939, Myrick reported to work on the set for her role as “arbiter of manners and customs.”
Ms. Lindsley will discuss her book, Susan Myrick of “Gone With theWind,” an Autobiographical Biography which is based on Susan Myrick’s diary.

Time: 8:00 p.m.
Location: M. Smith Griffith, Auditorium, Georgia Museum of Art
Cost to attend the play:
$25 per person.
Parking: Parking for the Georgia Museum of Art is available in the Performing Arts Center (PAC) parking desk, which is located
at the rear of lot E11 off River Road. Parking is FREE.

Mrs. John Marsh - - The World Knew Her as Margaret Mitchell, a one woman play by Melita Easters
This one woman play about Gone With the Wind author Margaret Mitchell, written by Melita Easters, an Atlanta playwright, features Kandace Christian, who was Miss Mississippi in 1992, in the role of Margaret Mitchell. The play tells the story of Mitchell's life before and after she became a publishing sensation and is based on Mitchell's one recorded interview, articles, books written about her and the thousands of letters she wrote.

"Proving it is possible for aura to emanate from words, the presense of Margaret Mitchell has been wonderfully resurrected in Melita Easters' compelling one-woman theater piece...Melita Easters masterfully celebrates one of America's most famous literary figures by giving her the spirit of life that gave us the book-Gone With the Wind" - -Terry Kay.

Parking : Parking for Saturday is available at the Tate Center Parking Deck and is FREE. From the Tate Center Parking Deck, please take the elevator to the 5th floor for the bridge to the Miller Learning Center. You will enter the MLC on the second floor. Take the elevator to the 1st floor for all seminars and for the play.


If you would like to pay by check, please make the check payable to the University of Georgia Library and mail to:

University of Georgia
Main Library
Attn: Leandra Nessel
320 South Jackson Street
Athens, GA 30602

If you would like to pay by credit card, please call Leandra Nessel at (706) 542-3879 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


For our out of town guests, we have arranged for a rate of $119/night at the Hilton Garden Inn in Athens, GA (706-353-6800) and rates of $94 and $104/night at the Holiday Inn (706-354-6438). Mention the Margaret Mitchell Eventwhen making your reservations to receive the special rates. Space is limited at both hotels. Reservations must be made by April 30, 2011.

This event is sponsored by the University of Georgia Libraries with support from the UGA Alumni Association and Reynolds Plantation, a Linger Longer Community.

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