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November 13, 2019 – (Key West, FL).  The Tennessee Williams Museum acquires new artifacts, hosts temporary exhibit

Tennessee Williams Museum continues its tribute to one of the greatest 20th century American playwrights with a temporary exhibit of its newest acquisition, “New Acquisitions of Rare Photographs with Film and Theater Glitterati,” from November 12 through December 29 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily at 513 Truman Avenue. The rare collection of vintage photographs features Tennessee Williams with many well-known personalities of the time, including Judy Garland, Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner, and Marlon Brando on the set of “A Streetcar Named Desire.”

“Many movie stars, writers, and Broadway actors visited him at his home on Duncan Street,” says Dennis Beaver, who founded the museum in honor of the Pulitzer-prize winning literary icon who became a Key West resident in 1949 until his death in 1983.  “During those years, he is credited with helping to make Key West the cultural and literary destination it is today and the home of many writers and others in the field of entertainment.”

The award-winning museum has become a destination for Tennessee Williams enthusiasts and scholars. Its collection of historic, archival materials helps keep alive the importance of Williams’ literary legacy and offers an impressive collection of Tennessee Williams memorabilia and literary artifacts available to the public.  A merger with Key West Art & Historical Society in 2017 supports the exhibit and a continuing full roster of writing and painting contests, film forums, and the annual Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration every March.

The Tennessee Williams Museum on 513 Truman Avenue is open for self-guided tours 9:30am-4:30pm daily.  Curator tours are available upon request and with advance notice by calling 305-204-4527.For more information, contact Key West Art & Historical Society at 305-295-6616 or visit WWW.KWAHS.ORGYour Museums.  Your Community.  It Takes an Island. 

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Dennis Beaver, right, founder of the Tennessee Williams Museum on Truman Avenue, and museum guests, left to right, Eric Seggern of Key West, and Alexandra Ogilvie and Amy Robertson, both of Washington, DC, discuss a collection of rare vintage photographs featuring Tennessee Williams with well-known personalities of his day. The temporary exhibit, titled “New Acquisitions of Rare Photographs with Film and Theater Glitterati,” will be on display through December 29.