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44 M A R C H / A P R I L 2 0 1 7 HARPER LEE'S MONROE COUNTY COURTHOUSE MONROEVILLE, ALABAMA Harper Lee's childhood home is now an empty lot, but the Monroeville courthouse where she often sat to watch her father practice law in the 1930s is less than a half-mile away. The courthouse is one of the most memorable settings in her book "To Kill a Mockingbird" and was later re- created on a Hollywood sound stage for the film version of the book. Now a museum, the old Monroe County Courthouse draws thou- sands of visitors who want to see the town made famous by her book. The main attraction is the courtroom itself, but the museum also hous- es two permanent exhibits: one on Lee and another on her childhood friend and fellow author Truman Capote. "After her first interviews, Harper Lee chose to live a private life with no spotlight on her," said museum director Nathan Carter. "The citizens of Monroeville have respected that, so we haven't acquired anything that belonged to her. That is all very tightly controlled by her lawyer." Since Lee's death in 2016, her gravesite near the town square has be- come another important stop, and her lawyer has suggested that he might open a museum that displays several of her belongings, Carter said. W W W . M O N R O E C O U N T Y M U S E U M . O R G FLANNERY O'CONNOR'S ANDALUSIA MILLEDGEVILLE, GEORGIA In late 1950 just as she was beginning her first novel, Flannery O'Connor began to exhibit symptoms of lupus, the disease that had killed her father. After spending time in the hos- pital, O'Connor and her mother moved to the family farm, Andalusia in Milledgeville, where O'Connor lived until her death in 1964. The dairy farm became the setting where she would com- plete her novels and short stories and offered her a landscape in which to set her fiction. Groups can now explore Andalusia, which is an estate of more than 500 acres and 12 historic structures, including the home where O'Connor wrote daily from morning until noon. When the author was alive, her famous peafowl roamed the property; today they are kept in an aviary. Andalusia director Elizabeth Wylie said she hopes the sound of the birds and peaceful farm encourage visitors to slow down to O'Connor's pace. "Flannery was a deep thinker, well-read, very erudite, and we want visitors to think about the milieu in which she created some of the best lit- erature of the 20th century," Wylie said. Several copies of O'Connor's short stories are scattered throughout the home, and organizers hope visitors will carve out the 30 minutes it takes to read one of the stories in the spot that it was written. . W W W . A N D A L U S I A F A R M . O R G ALABAMA Courtesy Monroe County Heritage Museums, Inc. A courtroom from Harper Lee's hometown OUR ORIGINAL SONG PR ESS PL AY RECORD #PressPlayRecord • @CountryMusicHOF • Nashville, Tennessee For half a century the Country Music Hall of Fame ® and Museum has been home to a growing collection of over 2.5 million artifacts. Make a day at the Museum your group's Nashville experience and come celebrate 50 years of music and history firsthand with one-of-a-kind recordings, films, instruments, and more. BOOK TODAY

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