Atlanta Celebrates the 75th Anniversary of the Publication of Margaret Mitchell’s “Gone With the Wind” – Plus WIN a VIP Margaret Mitchell/Gone With the Wind Experience!

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“Long ago, I gave up thinking of Gone With the Wind as my book; it’s Atlanta’s.” ~Margaret Mitchell

margaret-mitchell-house-atlanta-history-center-ga-gone-with-the-windAtlanta is gearing up to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the publication of Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind – and you can be a part of the celebration! Gone With the Wind is my all-time favorite book, and I could not be more excited to be in our great city of Atlanta to be able to celebrate this momentous occasion!

Margaret Mitchell said, “In a weak moment, I have written a book.” Well, her “weak moment” has become one of the defining literary achievements of the city of Atlanta and has become the best-selling, most widely-read book in the world, excepting only the Bible. And this year, her iconic book turns seventy-five, and there are a number of ways you can get involved, learn more about “Peggy” and celebrate this momentous milestone!

On Saturday, May 14, 2011, the Margaret Mitchell House is commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the publication of Gone With the Wind with a 75th Anniversary Family Day. From 10:30 AM until 4:30 PM, you can experience 150 years of history with a special program that delves into the entire Gone With the Wind story. Travel through time to meet Civil War soldiers in the heart of Atlanta, visit the 1920s when Margaret Mitchell wrote the book, and learn more about the ways this Pulitzer Prize-winning novel has impacted history and literature. Taking place in Atlanta’s Margaret Mitchell House, the residence of Mrs. Mitchell while she was writing the novel, the house includes two Mitchell-related exhibits: Margaret Mitchell: A Passion for Character and The Making of a Film Legend: Gone With the Wind, fans and history buffs alike can learn more about Peggy and her career, her inspiration, and her tragic death. This special day, full of unique programs and experiences, is included with regular admission and is free for members. You can purchase tickets by visiting the Margaret Mitchell House website or calling 404-814-4000.

Atlanta has more reason to celebrate, as the final four chapters of Gone With the Wind, previously thought to be lost, have recently been discovered in a library in Connecticut and are traveling home to Atlanta for a once-in-a-lifetime exhibit at the Atlanta History Center, June 4 through September 5, 2011. It is rumored that Margaret Mitchell ordered all of her writings to be burned upon her death, so this discovery is particularly exciting! The exhibit of  “The Lost Gone With the Wind Manuscript” includes individual sheets of chapter sixty-three, the final chapter, which visitors can view and read, and some of the pages feature handwritten notes and changes by Margaret Mitchell herself and by her husband, John Marsh. The exhibit will also include the desk on which Margaret Mitchell wrote her novel, as well as letters of correspondence written by her, one-of-a-kind images, and foreign and first-edition copies of Gone With the Wind. It’s an exhibit of unprecedented magnitude and an exciting find for fans of the novel and the movie, alike! This special exhibit is included in regular admission to the Atlanta History Center and is free for members. You can purchase tickets by visiting the Atlanta History Center website or calling 404-814-4000.

Finally, how would you like to WIN your way into an exclusive VIP event this Saturday, May 7, 2011, at the Margaret Mitchell House to kick off the celebrations for the 75th Anniversary of Gone With the WindYOU can be a part of this invitation-only event only by winning your way in! Want to learn more about this special event? Click here to read more and to enter to WIN admission to Saturday’s event, as well as tickets to five other Atlanta-area Gone With the Wind-related attractions – 6 pairs of tickets in all to Atlanta’s Gone With the Wind destinations!


Courtesy Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center

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