Bill Kurtz

EATONTON, Ga. — Bill Kurtz, grandson of Wilbur G. Kurtz, Georgia's preeminent artist-historian, will present “Wilbur G. Kurtz: Technical Advisor to Hollywood” on Oct. 10 in Eatonton. He will tell the story of his celebrated grandfather’s friendship with Margaret Mitchell and his contribution to the filming of “Gone With the Wind,” “Song of the South,” and “The Great Locomotive Chase.”  

Among the many contributions of Kurtz Sr. was his supervision of the restoration of the Cyclorama painting in the 1930s. In the 1940s he also served as a consultant for the establishment of the Little White House Memorial to Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt in Warm Springs. 

Come to the Old School History Museum’s Sunday lecture seriesand hear Bill Kurtz tell these and other stories of his celebrated grandfather Wilbur. 

While there, be sure to visit the museum’s “Windows in Time” exhibit featuring the films Kurtz supervised.

The lecture begins at 2 p.m. and usually lasts about 45 minutes. Guests are welcome to tour the museum and speak with our docents before or after the lecture.  

Admission is free but donations are appreciated. 

The Old School History Museum is housed in four classrooms of the original 1916 Eatonton School, now the home of The Plaza Arts Center located at 305 N. Madison Ave., Eatonton.

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