Visiting Scarlett, Rhett, Ashley, Melanie and Mammy in Little Rock

You have exactly one month from tomorrow (March 30) left to visit the Reel to Real: Gone With the Wind & The Civil War in Arkansas exhibit. This stunning collection of “Gone With the Wind” and Arkansas Civil War memorabilia has been on display at the Historic Arkansas Museum in Little Rock since May of last year.  I’ll admit I love old movies and the Shaw Tumblin Collection blew me away.  It’s incredible the condition these items are in to be as old as they are. And the variety is amazing, including scripts, behind-the-scenes photos, and Academy Awards. Film buffs will recognize the costumes on display, including Scarlett’s signature bonnet worn at the Twelve Oaks barbecue and Bonnie Blue’s blue velvet outfit.

A part of the facility’s commemoration of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, this exhibit compares the romanticized idea of the “Old South” with the often gruesome reality of life as it really was for many Arkansans from 1861-1865. Reel to Real: Gone with the Wind and the Civil War in Arkansas pairs up rarely seen items from GWTW with actual objects and firsthand accounts of the monumental battle in Arkansas.


The Shaw-Tumblin Gone with the Wind Collection (Reel) is fascinating for everyone; from those who love movies to those whose interest is history. You enter into the film world of Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler via costumes, photos and movie outtakes. The exhibit explores the influence of movies on the perspectives and attitudes of the public.


The Real portion 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. It brings the realities of war to life, with the words, stories and songs of those who endured the ordeal of war in Arkansas.

Time is running out; the exhibit ends April 30.

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