AUBURN, Mass. – The Auburn Senior Center wants the community to check out a resident's “Gone with the Wind” collection on display now.
Sonja Carr, who is active with the Auburn Historical Society, has been collecting memorabilia for about 20 years. The Lorraine Gleick Nordgren Senior Center is inviting the public to see the display up close and personal.
Carr’s grandmother, Mabel Van Norman Baker, was born and raised in Kentucky. She gave Carr a first edition of Margaret Mitchell’s “Gone with the Wind.”
For years Baker, a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, observed the birthday of Gen. Robert E. Lee by flying the Confederate flag and the American flag at her home on Lincoln Street in Worcester.
Then, in the 1990s, Carr started her collection of memorabilia by visiting antique shops and flea markets, especially the Brimfield Flea Market.
Carr, who had been a lifelong resident of Auburn until moving recently, continues to collect items today.