Reel to Real Exhibits at Historic Arkansas Museum

Zoie Clift


The Historic Arkansas Museum in Little Rock marks the sesquicentennial
of the Civil War with the tandem exhibits Reel to Real: Gone with the Wind
and the Civil War in Arkansas
. The exhibits pair up rarely seen items from
the film Gone with the Wind

with actual objects and firsthand accounts
of the Civil War in Arkansas.


In the Reel exhibit featuring items from the
Shaw-Tumblin Gone with the Wind Collection (which is the world’s
largest collection of Gone with the Wind memorabilia), visitors get a glimpse
of the film world of Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler via costumes, photos and
movie outtakes. The exhibit  (which
explores the influence of movies on the perspectives and attitudes of the
public) includes Vivien Leigh’s Best Actress Oscar, drawings by costume
designer Walter Plunkett, and the typewriter that produced the original script.


The Real portion of
the exhibit, portrays the true nature of the conflict with Arkansas slave
narratives, women’s diaries, letters home from soldiers as well as uniforms and
weaponry, all from the museum’s permanent collection. The exhibit brings the
realities of war to life, with the words, stories and songs of those who
endured the ordeal of war in Arkansas.

The exhibit opens today ( May
1) and is open until April 30, 2012. 
I got a preview of the exhibit last night at the 18th
Candlelight Gala  ( hosted by
Co-Chairs Vincent Insalaco and Lawrence Hamilton). I was invited by sponsors
Drs. Alex and Ann Maners Pappas. Dr. Pappas introduced me to James Tumblin ( of
Kaneohe, Hawaii), the owner of the Gone with the Wind Collection.  Tumblin has worked with Hollywood
legends such as Marilyn Monroe and Mae West and is a joy to talk to. He said he
enjoys visiting Little Rock and if you get a chance to run into him while he is in town, please be sure to tell him hello!  More details about the exhibits and the Historic Arkansas
Museum can be found at


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2 comments on “Reel to Real Exhibits at Historic Arkansas Museum
  1. James Tumblin says:

    Dear Zoie, Please allow me this opportunity to thank you for writing such a wonderful article about the exhibit. I hope that you will forgive my delay in thanking you for, at present, my son and I are vacationing at my home in Italy. Upon our return to The States we plan on revisiting our Gone With The Wind Exhibit in Little Rock and hopefully we’ll be able to thank you, in person, for your kindness. Again, many & sincere thanks!

  2. Zoie Clift says:

    Hi James! Thanks so much for your nice message! It was a joy to meet you at the exhibit! I hope you and your son are enjoying your time in Italy and I hope to see you again upon your return to Arkansas! Ciao!

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