The Erskine Caldwell Birthplace and Museum

Posted: July 26, 2007 in American Author, Biography of Author, Erskine Cadwell, Georgian Author

Erskine Caldwell Birthplace Museum on the town square in Moreland is open each Saturday and Sunday from 1-4 p.m. and by appointment with admission of $2 adults and $1 children. Information: 254-8657. The Caldwell museum has rooms that can be used for small dinners, teas, receptions and other meetings – call Gretchen Deichelbor, 251-0342. Museum offers memberships: $15 individual, $25 family, $50 sustaining, $100 donor, $200 patron, $300 benefactor and $1,000 and up gold. Members receive an official card to present when visiting or attending functions at the museum. Membership includes free admission to the museum for one year during regular hours. For membership levels at the patron level and above, there may also be special invitations to programs sponsored by the museum group. Checks for membership should be sent to Caldwell Birthplace, P. O. Box 207, Moreland, GA 30259.

Erskine Caldwell was one of 14 authors recognized at first induction ceremony for the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame – Find this and other Related articles (updated 11/23/03) from The Times-Herald, Newnan, Georgia
Caldwell membership drive under way

October 29, 2006

The Erskine Caldwell Birthplace and Museum has started its annual membership drive.
Membership fees help support the work of the museum, which is located on the town square in Moreland. The museum is open weekends from 1-4 p.m. for a small admission fee.
Membership dues help fund the museum’s operations and programs. A major project for the upcoming year is replacement of windows that have deteriorated.
Erskine Caldwell was born in the frame house in 1903. He wrote more than 50 books, including “Tobacco Road,” “God’s Little Acre” and “Georgia Boy.” The museum collection includes books by and about Caldwell, photographs from various periods of his life, art from book covers and dramatizations of Caldwell stories and items that belonged to Caldwell or his parents.
Membership levels are — individual, $15; family, $25; sustaining, $50; donor, $100; patron, $200, benefactor, $300, gold, $1,000 and up.
Checks for membership should be made to “Caldwell Birthplace” and sent to Caldwell Birthplace, P. O. Box 207, Moreland, GA 30259.
Caldwell son to attend 100th birthday celebration Dec. 14

Published November 24, 2003

The Times-Herald

Dr. D.W. Caldwell, son of writer Erskine Caldwell, will be coming to Coweta County from Massachusetts next month to help celebrate his father’s 100th birthday.

Erskine Caldwell was born Dec. 17, 1903 near Moreland. The house in which he was born has been moved to Moreland’s town square where it is a museum.

Erskine Caldwell wrote more than 50 books including “Tobacco Road,” “God’s Little Acre” and “Journeyman.” He was named to the American Academy of Arts and Letters and was honored by the governments of France and Bulgaria for his writing.

He died in 1987.

D.W. Caldwell will be coming to Moreland for “Centennial: Erskine Caldwell,” a panel discussion and reception to be held Dec. 14 from 3-5 p.m. at the Moreland Mill. Four Caldwell scholars — Dr. Edwin Arnold, Dr. Sylvia Jenkins Cooks, Dr. Robert McDonald and Dr. Wayne Mixon — have agreed to participate in a panel discussion about Caldwell’s significance in the annals of literature.

All four scholars have published books about Caldwell. Mixon and Arnold have also written introductions to Caldwell works republished in recent years by the University of Georgia Press.

“We are delighted to have four scholars of this caliber coming to Moreland to help us celebrate Mr. Caldwell’s centennial,” said Winston Skinner, chairman of the museum steering committee.

“We are particularly glad Dr. D.W. Caldwell and his wife are planning to be with us,” Skinner said.

D.W. Caldwell recently retired from the earth science department at Boston University. He has written numerous scholarly articles and a popular guidebook, “The Roadside Geology of Maine.”

Museum volunteer Gretchen Deichelbor is planning an elegant reception for the Dec. 14 event. Admission will be $5 per person. Checks may be made payable to Caldwell Birthplace, P. O. Box 207, Moreland, GA 30259.

People also may attend the reception by purchasing a museum membership. “Each $5 of membership entitles you to bring someone,” Skinner said.

Membership levels are — individual, $15; family, $25; sustaining, $50; donor, $100; patron, $200; benefactor, $300; gold, $1,000 and up. Membership dues may be sent to the same address. For family membership and above, names of household members should be listed.

“Those who are planning to attend the reception should also be listed,” Skinner said. “There will not be tickets, but there will be a reservation list at the door.”

Anyone with questions about the Dec. 14 event or the museum should call Skinner at 770-254-8657.

The museum has been celebrating Caldwell’s centennial all year. The observance began with the annual student art reception in January, featuring work by local Governor’s Honors Program nominees in art.

In the spring, the museum sponsored a Southern Storytelling Celebration featuring Margaret Anne Barnes, the author of “Murder In Coweta County”; Dot Moore, author of “Oracle of the Ages”; and John Hickman, a Cowetan with a yet-to-be-published novel.

From July-October, the museum featured “Into Flight,” an exhibit of art by Melissa Richard and Fleming Blackburn. A tree limb was fashioned from a fallen limb. Affixed to it were 100 clay birds — one representing each year since Erskine Caldwell’s birth.

“The flight metaphor is particularly appropriate because the Wright brothers made their first successful airplane flight at Kitty Hawk the day Erskine Caldwell was born,” Skinner said. The museum’s shop stocks first day covers of the aviation stamp and commemorative coin holders containing the North Carolina quarter with the first flight scene.

Erskine Caldwell links on the ‘net

— Drew Fletcher’s Caldwell page – http://id.mind.net/~fletch/index.html

— The Internet Movie Database list of Caldwell adaptations – http://uk.imdb.com/Name?Caldwell,+Erskine

— San Antonio College LitWeb Caldwell page – http://www.accd.edu/sac/english/bailey/caldwell.htm

— A Caldwell page from Scandinavia – http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/caldwell.htm– Caldwell tribute written by Jefferson Parkway student – http://www.communitynow.com/jpkwy/projects/pope/#Erskine Caldwell

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