Get Out The Vote, Midtown!

By on 29 November, 2010 in Historic Midtown, Kate and Stephen with 1 Comment

This week is the last week to vote for the F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum to receive a grant from the non-profit group Tourism Cares. We’d never heard of this organization before, but it seems to do good work organizing volunteers to help out at historic sites. Tourism Cares also has a program called “Save Our Sites” that awards a grant every year to one U.S. historic site. Tourism Cares seems to be a philanthropic extension of the tourism industry – in addition to giving grants and wrangling volunteers, they maintain the “Tourism Hall of Fame” (which evidently contains no non-white inductees).

This round of funding pits museums dedicated to four great American writers – Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Edgar Allan Poe and F. Scott Fitzgerald – against each other for small grants that each museum is able to use for its own purposes. Sure, all those other writers are good, but only one of them lived in Midtown Montgomery, so we should all show our neighborhood love to vote early and often for the Fitzgerald Museum.

Go ahead and vote. Just click this link. You can vote once a day up until the end of the week.

Okay, now that you’ve voted, you can continue reading. Maybe you don’t know too much about the Fitzgerald Museum. It’s a small and unassuming place, only one half of a duplex on Felder Ave. Even though Zelda and Scott (and their daughter Scottie) only lived in the house on Felder for less than a year, it is the only one of their various residences that remains standing. Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald was, of course, a Montgomery native (and Lanier High School graduate). Scott met her here in town while he was posted during WWI, beginning decades of romantic tumult that ended with Zelda’s death by fire in a North Carolina sanitarium and Scott’s death by heart attack in Los Angeles.

The Fitzgerald Museum is a beautiful little treasure that reminds us that without Montgomery there might never have been a Jay Gatsby or a Dick Diver, because without Montgomery there wouldn’t have been a Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald. Now that you’ve voted and are reflecting on our local contributions of genius to the literary and global art scene, why not go and see an exhibit of Zelda’s paintings and paper dolls over at the Rosa Parks Museum?

Kate and Stephen are Midtown residents with a cat, a dog, a garden, an old house and a sense of adventure. They write about life in Midtown here and about life in Montgomery at their blog Lost in Montgomery.

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  1. Jay Croft says:

    I have a connection of sorts with all four nominees. I grew up in the Hartford, CT area and visited the Mark Twain house a number of times, along with the Stowe house next door. Then I lived in the Maryland suburbs, and Edgar Allen Poe’s grave is in the area. Now it’s the Fitzgerald house, a few blocks from mine.

    But I’ll cast my vote for the Fitzgerald House.

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