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The exhibition Gone With the Wind: Reel to Real, commemorates the 75th anniversary of one of the most popular films ever made. The popular exhibition relives the magic of the iconic novel and film through artifacts and memorabilia. The exhibition features original gowns, costumes and artifacts of the film and is derived entirely from one collector, James L. Tumblin, who has the largest privately-held collection of memorabilia from the film.

Tumblin, who was a former head of the Universal Studios makeup and hair department, started his collection in 1962 when he purchased the first dress from the film for only $20 (pictured right). “I was doing research for a film and looking at costumes, and noticed there was this dress lying on the floor. I went over to pick it up when someone told me, ‘don’t bother we’re throwing it away’, says Tumblin. I had no idea where it was from. I saw the label that read Selznick International Scarlett, and I realized I was holding something from Gone With the Wind.” Actress Vivien Leigh wore this dress during the attack at Shantytown scene in Gone With the Wind. It is featured in the Gone With the Wind: Reel to Real exhibit. Photo Credit: NC Museum of History.

The exhibition, which runs August 16 - November 30, 2014, features more than 120 items from the film, including two Oscars won by Vivien Leigh for her performance as Scarlet O’Hara, and Arthur Arling as camera operator. A series of special events and a VIP reception will be presented including a grand opening August 16. “We are excited to have the opportunity to host Mr. Tumblin’s collection of Gone With the Wind memorabilia. What better way to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the film’s premier than to bring this exhibit to Central Florida. We know our guests will be thrilled to discover the history behind the making of the movie and see all of the costumes and items from Gone With the Wind. Mr. Tumblin’s collection is a must-see and a great way to find out the story behind one of the few movies to have shaped our culture and how we think about history,” Michael Perkins, Curator of Exhibits.

Special programming in conjunction with Gone With the Wind: Reel to Real:

August 16, 2014: Public Opening
Doors open at 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This is the moment you’ve been waiting for! Be the first to view the exhibit and get a behind the scenes look at this iconic film through original costumes, scripts, props, screen tests and more. At 12:30 p.m., hear the stories behind this special collection from owner James L. Tumblin, the former head of the Universal Studios makeup and hair department. A book signing will follow.

Admission: $15; seniors (60+), students, and military with I.D. $13; and children ages 5-12 $12. Members and children ages 4 and under are free. For information on group pricing, call 407-836-8585.

August 17, 2014: Sunday at the Museum
Doors open Early at 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Gather with us a little early this Sunday and take a behind the scenes look at our Gone With the Wind: Reel to Real exhibit. See authentic memorabilia from the 1939 film including:
• Scarlett O’Hara’s dress from the attack at Shantytown scene
• Bonnie Blue’s velvet dress from her final scene
• Belle Watling’s burgundy velvet jacket and accompanying fur muff

Admission: $15; seniors (60+), students, and military with I.D. $13; and children ages
5-12 $12. Members and children ages 4 and under are free.
For information on group pricing, call 407-836-8585.

September 13, 2014: Straight Talk – A Reel to Real Discussion about Gone With the Wind and Its Influence on Pop Culture
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Join moderator Dr. Robert Casanello (UCF) and panelists Julian Chambliss (Rollins College), Barbara Thompson (UCF Diversity Initiative), Maylen Dominguez (Full Sail University), and others for a discussion about the stereotypes portrayed in the 1939 “Gone With the Wind” film, and how popular culture continues to affect our impression of different types of people and cultures.

Topics of discussion will include:
• Scarlett O’Hara, the film’s protagonist, a true Southern Belle
• Rhett Butler, a dashing and outcast bachelor who is “not the marrying kind”
• Mammy, Scarlett’s nurse and “head woman of the plantation”
Price: Members $10, students $22; non members $30.

September 17, 2014: Windy Wednesday Trivia Night
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Brush up your knowledge on the classic “Gone With the Wind” film and enjoy a night of trivia! Price is $5.

September 19, 2014: Home School Day – Gone With the Wind
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. start times.

Celebrate the 75th anniversary of “Gone With the Wind” through hands-on activities and instruction. Learn what this iconic movie masterpiece reveals about the Civil War, investigate the science behind wind, and explore real props used in the film. Pricing TBD

September 27, 2014: Smithsonian Day
Doors open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Everybody loves a freebie! Join us Saturday, September 27 for Smithsonian Magazine’s
Museum Day Live! Anyone holding a Museum Day Live ticket will enjoy free admission for themselves and one other person to participating museums across the country, including the History Center. Tickets will be available to print August 1. For more information, go to *You must present Museum Day Live ticket to front desk attendant in order to receive free admission.

October 15, 2014: Windy Wednesday Date Night – Movie Screening of The Making of a Legend: Gone With the Wind
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Enjoy a night at the movies as this documentary revisits the making of “Gone With the Wind,” featuring archival footage, screen tests, insightful interviews and rare film footage. Price: $15.

November 2, 2014: Casting of Scarlett O’Hara Film Brunch
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Enjoy brunch while viewing “The Scarlett O’Hara War,” which goes behind the scenes of the casting of Vivien Leigh. Price: $10 for members, $25 for non-members.

November 9, 2014: At the Movies – Gone With the Wind
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The History Center has teamed up with the Enzian to celebrate “Gone With the Wind’s” 75th anniversary. Enjoy a special screening of the 1939 film based on Margaret Mitchell’s novel at the Enzian October 5 at 11 a.m. A preshow talk will examine some interesting facts about the film, and the history behind the special collection from owner James Tumblin. Tickets: $10.