“Mark Twain in Connecticut” Presented by the Mark Twain House & Museum

05/08/2020 - 7:00 pm
Community Room of the Canterbury, CT Town Hall
1 Municipal Drive - Canterbury, CT 06331

There will be a brief business session at 7:00 pm, followed by the program & refreshments.
Free and open to the public. Bring a friend.

As part of the Mark Twain House & Museum’s Community Outreach Program, the Canterbury Historical Society will present “Mark Twain in Connecticut” on Friday, May 8. The museum’s presenter for our program is still to be determined. Please check back.

Although Mark Twain’s most famous works were set along the Mississippi River of his childhood, he penned those novels while living in the elegant Hartford literary community of Nook Farm. From 1874 to 1891, Samuel Langhorne Clemens – aka Mark Twain – lived halfway between Boston and New York in a Hartford of industry, energy, and immigration, while celebrating, and critiquing, the pre-Civil War South of his youth.

This entertaining and interactive presentation explores what drew Twain to Hartford and the importance of Connecticut and Hartford to Twain’s life and work, including his famous neighbors such as novelist Harriet Beecher Stowe, travel writer and journalist Charles Dudley Warner, Civil War hero and senator Joseph Hawley, and female suffrage campaigner Isabella Beecher Hooker. It also considers how Twain’s decades in Connecticut shaped his writing, family, and social life.

You’re Invited!
The welcome mat is out. Canterbury Historical Society monthly meetings, which always feature a history-themed program, are free and the public is warmly invited. Bring a friend, stay for complimentary refreshments, mingle, and get to know us a little. We will do our best to make you feel welcome. The business session, which begins at 7:00, rarely lasts more than half an hour. If you want to skip it and just come for the program, plan to arrive about 7:30.

The Canterbury Historical Society’s regular monthly meetings are on the second Friday evening of the month, except for July and August, when we take a summer break. We are happy to send email announcements of regular meetings and special events to nonmembers. If you’d like to be added to our list, please send a note, including your full name and the email address where you want to receive notices,  using the email form on the Contact page on this website.

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