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Hollywood comes to Marietta

Since its gala premiere in 1939, "Gone With the Wind" (GWTW) has been a piece of Georgia history. Now, Hollywood has made its way to Marietta with the Shaw-Tumblin Collection "Gone With the Wind" Movie Museum–the largest private collection of GWTW memorabilia in the world.

James Tumblin, a former Hollywood makeup artist who resides in Hawaii, has been collecting "Gone With the Wind" memorabilia since he stumbled upon a dress marked "Scarlett" in the 1960s. He was working for Western Costume Company when he noticed the dress lying on the floor waiting to be discarded. He purchased the dress for $20, and his collection began. Consisting of more than 250,000 pieces of memorabilia, the Tumblin collection includes 39 original costumes from the movie as well as contracts, artwork, never-seen footage of the film and Vivian Leigh’s Oscar (for which Tumblin paid $2.2 million). "Everything is in beautiful condition," Tumblin says.

"The interest in ‘Gone With the Wind’ is phenomenal," he notes. "It’salways been my wish to share this collection with others." Part of Tumblin’s collection was on display at Stone Mountain Park last year and drew a record crowd of 62,000 visitors a month to the park. He hopes to find a permanent home for his collection and Marietta just may be the place.

The museum is open Mondays and Tuesdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays 10 a.m.- 8 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays noon-5 p.m. Visit www.gwtwmarietta.com or call (770) 429-1115.

—Leslie Bakun

Kids vote, too!

When heading to the polls for the next election, don’t be surprised if you’re standing in line next to a young voter. Through the Kids Voting Georgia (KVG) program, public, independent and home-schooled students from around the state get hands-on experience in the voting process by learning about candidates and party platforms and then by casting their vote.

Through KVG’s program, K-12 students are taught about civic participation, party platforms, candidates, campaigning and voting issues as a part of the Civics Alive! curriculum in their character education, civics, government and social studies classes. After "registering" to vote in class, much like adults register to vote, students, accompanied by an adult, then visit their local official polling sites to vote using special, simplified ballots. Results are tabulated and reported on election night to the state office and posted on the Web by Secretary of State Cathy Cox.

"Kids get enthused about voting and, because they have to bring an adult with them to the polls, we see an increase in adult voters," says Cox. So much so, that in the Georgia communities participating in KVG, adult voter turnout increased between 3 percent and 5 percent, as compared to non-KVG areas.

Kids Voting USA, the parent organization for KVG, was developed in the late 1980s after three Arizona businessmen visited Costa Rica and were inspired by the country’s large voter turnout and the participation of children in the voting process. "Because illiteracy rates are high there, kids–often more schooled than their parents—go with their families to vote. These businessmen wanted to increase voter participation in the U.S. and get kids involved in the process early on," says Mary Wright, director of Regional Support and Training for KVG. Georgia’s pilot program began in 1992 in Bibb County, with 30,000 students voting. That number will grow to more than 370,000 students in 28 Georgia communities for Election Day 2002.

"It is such fun and so patriotic on Election Day to see students casting votes with great enthusiasm," says Wright.

For more information on KVG, visit www.kidsvotinggeorgia.org or call (770) 579-9901.

Georgia glimpses

  • An outdoor burn-ban, issued by the Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC), remains in effect for 45 North and Middle Georgia counties through the end of September. Officials hope that these restrictions will help cut down on the smoke contributing to Atlanta’s summer air pollution, says Alan Dozier, GFC chief of Forest Protection. For more information, contact GFC at (478) 751-3500.

  • A new state park is on the way for Southeast Georgia. The Department of Natural Resources recently broke ground on Okefenokee State Park in Fargo, located in Clinch County. The 316-acre park is expected to open in two years and will include a visitors’ center and an eco-lodge, and will offer opportunities to fish, canoe and learn about swamps and wetlands.

  • Writer, director, actor and Adel native Ray McKinnon took home an Academy Award this year for his short film, "The Accountant." Filmed in Covington, the movie tells the story of two brothers’ desperate attempts to save their family farm and the mysterious accountant who shows up to "help" them. For more information, visit Ginny Mule Pictures, www.ginnymule.com.

    Did you know?

    Georgia was ranked 15th in the nation last year for exports to other countries. Our largest trading partner is Canada, with exports of $14.6 billion last year, followed by Japan, Mexico, the United Kingdom and Germany.

    Georgia Department of Industry, Trade and Tourism


July 2002

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