Why Gone With the Wind Still Matters

  • Log Cabin at Four Seasons Park Findley Road and 16th Street Lombard, IL 60148 USA

Seventy-five years after its blockbuster premiere in 1939, Gone with the Wind continues to inspire passionate devotion. With ticket sales since 1939 translated into contemporary dollars, it is the world's all-time box-office champion. American Film Institute members voted it the most popular film of all time. This illustrated talk by historian Leslie Goddard, Ph.D., reviews the story of how Gone With the Wind was made, including the two-year search for Scarlett O’Hara, the pioneering special effects, and the perfectionist drive of visionary producer David O. Selznick. We’ll explore the accuracy of the movie’s history and its lasting influence in shaping popular understanding of the American Civil War. 

This special event will be held July 14th (a week earlier then listed in issues of The Pride) at 7:00 PM. To reserve a spot, please call us at (630)629-1885 or email us at info@lombardhistory.org.  Admission is free but a $5.00 donation is suggested.