Civil War, Gone with the Wind in April exhibit at museum

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Artifacts from the Greencastle-Antrim Civil War Round Table Collection will be juxtaposed against vintage Gone with the Wind memorabilia, such as the photographs, movie set props, and lobby cards shown in the above photograph. The Civil War artifacts and Gone with the Wind memorabilia will be exhibited in the German bank barn at Allison-Antrim Museum, 365 S. Ridge Ave., Greencastle through the month of April. Allison-Antrim Museum is open Monday through Friday, noon to 4 pm. On Saturday, April 9, the museum will be open from 10 am to 8:30 pm; on Sunday, April 10 the hours are 10 am to 3 pm. For more information on the PA CW 150th kickoff event and the exhibits, visit www.greencastlemuseum.org, on Twitter at greencastlemuzm, or call the museum at 717-597-9010. There is no charge for admission, but donations are accepted.

During the April 7-10 kickoff event of Pennsylvania’s Civil War 150th commemoration, the exhibits at Allison-Antrim Museum, 365 S. Ridge Ave., Greencastle, will include artifacts from its Greencastle-Antrim Civil War Roundtable Collection juxtaposed against a Gone with the Wind exhibit.  2009 marked the 70th anniversary of the release of the movie Gone with the Wind.  

The GWTW exhibit will feature original and reproduction photographs, lobby cards, posters, a reproduction of the 1939 souvenir movie program, and a first edition copy of the book.  Items such as a necklace, straw hat (worn by one of the slaves in the movie), bugle, liqueur glasses, and wall decorations that were used as scene props will also be included in the exhibit.  A selection of Scarlett dolls will be displayed, including paper dolls, books, GWTW collectors’ plates, and much more.

Items from the G-A Civil War Roundtable Collection include Lt. Colonel B. F. Winger’s dress uniform, dress saber, personal items, and a photograph, along with the small U.S. flag that hung on the center square bandstand when the 126th Pennsylvania Volunteers Regiment returned home to Greencastle. The dress uniform coats of Captain Hezekiah Easton and Col. William Davison as well as their swords, and other personal items will also be displayed.  Archival pieces include the Philadelphia Inquirer newspapers from April 15 – 28, 1865 chronicling the events of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln; a newspaper interview of Scott K. Snively (Company K, 126th Pennsylvania Volunteers) of Shady Grove that recounts his presence in the saloon of Ford’s Theater on April 15, 1865, the night Lincoln was shot; Winger’s signed copy of the “Organization of the Army of the Potomac;” the discharge papers and photographs of Frances Hoffman, Isaac Ingream, and Jeremiah Staley – all of Greencastle-Antrim; and the 1863 Simon Rupley letter.  Other primary documents include handwritten letters from local Civil War soldiers including a love letter written on February 3, 1864 by Alexander McGrew who was a member of the 8th Regiment, Company A, U.S. Colored Troops.  He wrote the letter to his wife, Nancy, in Greencastle.  

Both exhibits, Civil War collection and the Gone with the Wind, will be displayed in the north and south bays of the German bank barn.

For more information, please visit the website at www.greencastlemuseum.org on Twitter at greencastlemuzm, or call the museum at 717-597-9010.  There is no charge for admission but donations are accepted.