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Allison-Antrim Museum Hosts First Open Houses of the New Year

Caption: Vintage postcards, such as this one depicting the main characters of Rhett Butler and Scarlett O'Hara from the movie Gone With The Wind, were made and sold in Penny Arcade vending machines in the 1950s. Scarlett wore the above dress in the movie scene where she and Rhett are walking down the street with their daughter, Bonnie Blue Butler, in the baby carriage. Other memorabilia such as original and reproduction lobby cards and posters, postcards, stills from the movie, set props used in the movie, commemorative Scarlett dolls, and a first edition copy of Gone With The Wind will be on exhibit at Allison-Antrim Museum on January 11, 13, and 15.


Allison-Antrim Museum Hosts First Open Houses of the New Year

2009 marks the 70th anniversary of the release of the movie Gone With The Wind. The January special exhibit, taking place on Jan. 11, 1-4pm; Jan. 13, 1-4pm; and, Jan. 15, 12-3pm, will feature original and reproduction photographs, lobby cards, posters, a reproduction of the 1939 souvenir movie program, and a first edition copy of the book. Items such as a necklace, straw hat (worn by one of the slaves in the movie), bugle, liqueur glasses, and wall decorations that were used as scene props will also be included in the exhibit. A number of companies over the years have sold commemorative Scarlett dolls and other movie memorabilia which have become collectors' items. A selection of Scarlett dolls will be displayed.
At the beginning of the book and the beginning of the Civil War, Scarlett O'Hara was 16 years old. Although Scarlett was a fictional character during the Civil War, there were thousands of real-life teenage girls who lived during the war between the states. One of the collections at Allison-Antrim Museum, 365 South Ridge Avenue, Greencastle, is comprised of some of the personal effects that belonged to Maria Ziegler, Greencastle, who died at the age of 17 on March 17, 1864. What lifestyle comparisons can be made from the remaining personal effects of Maria Ziegler, who was from a well-to-do Greencastle, PA family, and how Scarlett O'Hara, daughter of a well-to-do plantation owner, was portrayed in the book and movie?
The visitor's notebook will juxtapose the fictional story of the book and the movie against what history books have recorded. Does the research by author, Margaret Mitchell, and movie producer, David O. Selznick, stand up to what history tells us?
For more information, please visit the website at greencastlemuseum.org or call the museum at 717-597-9010. There is no charge for admission but donations are accepted.

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