In celebration of the 75th anniversary of the world-famous “Gone with the Wind” novel penned by fabled Atlanta author Margaret Mitchell in 1936 at her apartment in midtown, the Atlanta History Center’s Margaret Mitchell House Museum is hosting a family style daytime program Saturday.
From 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., history will come to life through a variety of activities. Guests can interact with living history interpreters representing citizens from both the Civil War and Mitchell eras and tour the “dump” Mitchell called home while she wrote the novel that has broken all publishing records — one million copies sold in first six months. The novel was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, has been translated into more than 40 languages and 75 years later remains one of the best-selling novels of all time.
Among the colorful activities will be historian discussions on restoration of the house and Mitchell’s local influence, the book’s legacy in cinema and segregation in the South, teaching clinics on the Virginia Reel, Charleston and other popular dances and “Gone with the Wind” trivia games and kid-friendly crafts.
The event is not a fundraiser but a celebration of the legendary author and her novel to showcase the unique museum and memorabilia of the famous book and movie by the same name. The special activities are included in general admission and are free to members of the Atlanta History Center.
The nonprofit membership center was founded in 1928 and is centered on 33 acres in Buckhead with an interactive history museum, two historic houses (the 1928 Swan House and the 1860 Tullie Smith Farm), the Centennial Olympic Games Museum, the Kenan Research Center, the Grand Overlook event space, Chick-fil-A at the Coca-Cola Café and acres of historic gardens with a kid-friendly discovery trail.
The center operates the Margaret Mitchell House on a two-acre campus featuring the original apartment where Mitchell wrote her prize-winning novel, with an exhibition highlighting her life along with a “Gone with the Wind” movie exhibition.