'Gone With the Wind' collector

Bridges to be remembered at Athens event

Herb Bridges, the Sharpsburg mail carrier who made a name for himself as a collector of “Gone With the Wind” memorabilia, will be remembered at an event in Athens this Saturday.

The University of Georgia Special Collections Libraries are sponsoring an event celebrating the 75th anniversary of the film’s premiere. A tribute to Bridges is planned, and memories of Bridges are being collected in conjunction with the event. They may be sent to Leandra Nessel at lnessel@uga.edu .

The occasion begins at 2 p.m. with exhibit tours led by Mary Ellen Brooks, director emeritus of the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library and curator of the exhibit on the life of Margaret Mitchell, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.

The UGA Libraries has the largest collection of Mitchell personal papers and other materials in the country, donated by Mitchell’s brother, Stephens Mitchell. The exhibit will remain on display through the end of the year.

Other events scheduled:

• "These Movie People are Crazy as Bedbugs,” a talk by John Wiley, author and editor of the The Scarlett Letter, 3 p.m.

• “Look what The Wind Blew In! Behind the Scenes Letters of Margaret Mitchell and Her Friends,” a glimpse into the private life of the Atlanta author, 4 p.m.

• Wiley and Brooks also will offer tributes to Bridges at 5 p.m.

• A reception will conclude the afternoon.

Cost for the event is $50 per person. Register online at: https://gail.uga.edu/events/libs/gone-with-the-wind-exhibit-opening or call Leandra Nessel at 706-542-3879.

Bridges grew up in Sharpsburg and spent his adult life in Coweta County. Mitchell interviewed soldiers for her Civil War epic at the Hollberg Hotel in Senoia. She was related to a branch of Coweta County’s pioneer Banks family, and her first husband, Berrien Upshaw, was the son of Annie Kinnard Upshaw, who grew up in Newnan.

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