Thursday, June 4, 2009

Eugenia Price Exhibit to Open at St. Simons Island Lighthouse

The Coastal Georgia Historical Society celebrates the life of Eugenia Price with a new exhibit opening in the St. Simons Lighthouse Keepers Dwelling on Saturday, June 13. Museum-goers will have a chance to explore Price’s life behind her acclaimed novels, visualize her research techniques and draw connections between the characters she created and their basis in the historical record.

Price’s desk, set with manuscripts, photographs, letters, and typewriter are central to the exhibit along with awards, photographs, and personal memorabilia including a hand made Braves tomahawk sent her by a reader.

Whether you are a longtime reader or a regular museum visitor, you will find new angles to explore the history of the Golden Isles and the writing of one of the area’s most popular and well-loved authors.

The exhibit will open with a weekend celebration on Saturday, June 13 and continue throughout the summer in connection with a series of speakers, book discussions, and other activities related to Eugenia Price and her career.

Opening Events:

Book Signing June 13
On Saturday, June 13 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Mary Bray Wheeler will sign copies of Eugenia Price: A Guide to the People and Places of Her Beloved South. This long-time friend and researcher for Price, has combined extensive journeys through the South with in-depth knowledge of Price’s literary people and places. Wheeler has an extensive publishing career and before retiring served as a researcher, writer and editor, as well as vice president of Providence House Publishers. She holds a degree in American Studies from Mercer University and now resides in Nashville, Tennessee.

Renee Pearman Presentation June 14
Then on Sunday, June 14 at 3 p.m., Renee Pearman will present Eugenia Price: One Author’s Life. Born in 1916 in Charleston, West Virginia, Eugenia Price credits her mother with nurturing her love of writing, music, and history. Pearman will discuss Price’s early career as a writer for NBC through her development of her own company, Eugenia Price Productions and the unlikely events that lead her to St. Simons Island and a future career as a historical fiction writer. Ms. Pearman is publications coordinator and adjunct instructor at Macon State College.

The book signing and presentation are held at the A. W. Jones Heritage Center at no the public and museum admission fees of $6.00 apply to tour the exhibit. CGHS members may visit the exhibit at no charge.
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