Recent press: What the world is saying about us!
A sampling of recent stories about Monroeville and the Monroe County Heritage Museum:
CBS News: July 11, 2010
CBS News visits Monroeville and airs several stories on the 50th Anniversary of To Kill a Mockingbird and Harper Lee's hometown. Read the CBS Sunday morning story here. Watch the evening news story here.
Los Angeles Times: July 11, 2010
Kerry Madden, author of Up Close: Harper Lee for young adults, recalls her visits to Monroeville and how Harper Lee's hometown shaped her fiction. Read the story here.
National Public Radio: July 11, 2010
NPR visits Monroeville for a story about Mockingbird's 50th and how the book has helped ease economic hard times in the community. Read and listen here.
ABC News: July 9, 2010
ABC News visits Monroeville for a story on the 50th Anniversary of To Kill a Mockingbird and Harper Lee's hometown. Watch the story here.
Press Register: July 9, 2010
Mobile reporter Roy Hoffman visits Monroeville as the town begins its celebration of the 50th Anniversary of To Kill a Mockingbird. Video included. Read the story here.
USA Today: July 8, 2010
Tribute to the novel and an excellent summary of events planned for the weekend around the country, with particular emphasis on the "big party" in Monroeville. Read the story here.
The Toronto Star: July 8, 2010
A charming travel story in this Canadian newspaper describes the joys of visiting Monroeville. Read the story here.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: July 4, 2010
Fascinating profile of Mary Badham who played Scout in the film. Mary is a supporter and frequent guest at the Museum. Read the story here. The Post Gazette also had another feature about To Kill a Mockingbird in the same issue. Read it here.
Evansville Courier & Press: July 4, 2010
Indiana columnist visits Monroeville as the museum prepares for its Mockingbird 50th Anniversary celebration. Read the article here.
Birmingham News: July 2, 2010
Great story on our upcoming Mockingbird food event and chefs Clif and Maureen Holt of Little Savannah Restaurant who are cooking up some Southern favorites and a coveted Lane Cake. Read the article here.
Southern Living: July, 2010
Harper Lee’s Alabama hometown celebrates (carefully) the book that made it famous. Read the article here.
Garden & Gun: July, 2010
A Letter from Harper Lee: Fifty years after the publication of To Kill a Mockingbird, the author isn't as reclusive as you think. Read the article here.
The Miami Herald: June 27, 2010
Harper Lee’s “tired old town” perks up for To Kill a Mockingbird: A visit to Monroeville “fans of the novel or movie will need a little imagination to see it as it was during the Great Depression, when the action is set.” Read the article here.
Second Act Art & Culture: June 25, 2010
To Kill A Mockingbird Turns 50: Author Harper Lee's Alabama hometown is ground zero of this summer's coast-to-coast festivities. Read the Story here.
Smithsonian Magazine: June 2010
Harper Lee’s novel achievement: A writer visits Monroeville to explore the roots of To Kill a Mockingbird and novel’s impact on the author’s hometown. Read the article here.
The BBC: June 21, 2010
Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird turns 50: This visit to Monroeville includes interviews with local residents. Read the article here.
The Washington Post: May 30, 2010
Harper Lee’s Alabama home town keeps alive its links to To Kill a Mockingbird.
A writer with Monroeville connections visits Monroeville as plans for 50th anniversary celebrations are underway. Read the article here.
The New York Times: May 24, 2010
A Classic Turn 50, Parties Are Planned: A story about 50th Anniversary celebrations across the nation, with special emphasis on Monroeville. “Perhaps the largest concentration of celebrations for the book are in Monroeville, which calls itself the 'literary capital of Alabama' after its most famous resident, the Mockingbird author Harper Lee.” Read the article here.
National Geographic Magazine: 2006
To Kill a Mockingbird isn't just a novel set in Monroeville, Alabama. It's the town's obsession. This story covers Monroeville and the annual play production. Read the article here.
Press Releases and Media Materials
Press release: Monroeville Celebrates 50th Anniversary of To Kill a Mockingbird. Download Word document
Download flier on 50th Anniversary of To Kill a Mockingbird. pdf document.
Download printable schedule of 50th Anniversary of To Kill a Mockingbird. pdf document.
Museum Media Kit: Download a full press kit about the museum and its exhibits. Pdf file.
Photos: Download photos of the Old Courthouse Museum. Credit: Monroe County Heritage Museum. Click on thumbnails below to download high-resolution shots.