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.
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 www.historicarkansas.org/