MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Celebrated author Michelle Russell discusses her two-part series: “From Tennessee to Oz: The Amazing Saga of Judy Garland’s Family” 2 p.m. Oct. 8 in the front parlor of Oaklands Mansion.
“From Tennessee to Oz” is the story of Judy Garland's paternal ancestry. Her father, Frank Gumm, was a fifth generation Tennessean, a descendant of pioneers who braved the wilderness to help create the state of Tennessee. Book 1 (1793 -1870) tells of rugged pioneers, Native Americans, ministers, the Civil War and a Gum ancestor with a voice so big is said he could be heard two miles away.
Russell will speak on East Main Street life and the surprising romance of Garland's grandparents, Clemmie Baugh and Will Gum – a marriage which quickly evolves to a darkly suspenseful tale. Due to the historical information author Michelle Russell was able to uncover, "From Tennessee to Oz” often reads more like a novel than a history book.
Attendees will learn of the hard times Frank Gum experienced as a child, and the gift he received from George Darrow.
Reservations are required as this event has limited seating. Admission is $20 per person and includes light refreshments.
For reservations and more information, visit www.oaklandsmansion.org.