Running head: VISTING A MUSEUM
Visiting a Museum
Dr. Gerald Franz
Humanities – World Cultures II
March 16, 2014
The purpose of this paper is to share the experience I had visiting a museum for the first time. I believe it was a great event and feel every person should go to one in their life. During my visit I learned about the author of the classical novel, about the many artifacts on display, and about different characters, and their achievements. After you read this paper, I hope you will be inspired to see why people enjoy visiting museums. My trip reminded me of a person reading a good book. You don’t want to put it down until you know how it is going to end.
Clearly identify the event location. Date attended. The attendees and your initial reaction upon arriving at the event.
I attended the Marietta Gone With The Wind Museum on March 8, 2014. It is located at 18 Whitlock Avenue, Marietta, GA 30064. When my daughter and I entered the museum, it felt like we were walking into a scene in the film. The movie was playing on a television and a nice lady was sitting in a chair, welcoming the visitors as they came in. When I approached the counter to pay for our tickets, there was a gentleman there to accept our payments for the tickets. He gave us the student discount rate and provided me with a brief overview of the event. The building was built in 1875. It was converted from a cotton warehouse and carriage stable into a museum. The Marietta Gone With The Wind Museum was established in 2002 and is managed by the city. It is the home of Dr. Christopher Sullivan’s personal collection of memorabilia. He started collecting relics after he read the novel and saw the film as a young child. After listening to the synopsis, I was given a pamphlet and advised; it was a self-guided tour. As I began my journey down the mini ramp, I spotted four famous dresses to my right that were worn by Scarlett O’Hara in the novel and movie. The one that caught my eye was the dark green dress, made out of drapes, which Scarlett wore when she asked Rhett Butler to pay the taxes she owed on her house (Dirks, 2014). As I admired the clothes she wore. I couldn’t help but notice how petite she was in stature. My second stop landed me in front of the information about the author. This is where I learned how Margaret Mitchell began her career in 1920, as a staff writer for the Atlanta Journal Sunday Magazine. Five years later, she married her husband. Then she started writing her Pulitzer Prize winning novel. It took her a decade to perfect it before she published it on June 10, 1936. Later David Selznick, who was a well known movie entrepreneur, purchased the film rights for $50K in 1936. Margaret Mitchell refused to be involved with the movie production (Sayre, 2012). However, she was impressed with the fame and attention the movie received 13 years after it was released. Unfortunately, on August 16, 1949 she was hit by car on Peachtree Street in Atlanta, George, which ultimately took her life. The next mission I encountered was the information about the African American actors that were on display. Some of the best and well known actors from that time were Hattie McDaniel (Mammy), Butterfly, McQueen (Prissy), and Oscar Polk (Pork). I never knew Hattie McDaniel won an Academy Award for her role in the movie and she was the first black actress to win an Oscar (Sayre, 2012). All of the actors were condemned by the NAACP for the roles they played in the film. The organization was in disagreement with the movie’s portrayal of slavery. The museum currently displays two essays that were written by the movie studio to assist with eliminating the tension it created.
Provide specific information and a description of at least two (2) pieces. The first piece I would like to talk about is the original wooden model of the house that is on display at the museum. There...
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