Lecture will be available online on Wednesday, July 22
Lectures will be made online on the designated day. All CMTS talks are open to the public at no charge.
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A podcast tour of Elmira, listeners are introduced to the legacies of the Park Church, Woodlawn Cemetery, and Quarry Farm, as well as a cast of characters from the Underground Railroad, Women’s Rights Movement, and, of course, Mark Twain’s in-laws.
All CMTS lectures are open to the public at no cost.
A reflection on the influence of Elmira and Park Church upon Mark Twain.
By 1878 Sam Clemens had accomplished substantial wealth and fame and was living comfortably with his wife Livy and their family near Hartford, Connecticut. Yet something important was missing. A wide gap persisted between his personal cultural development and that of his upscale neighbors and social circles in the Hartford area. Sam and Livy resolved to fix this gap by extended travel and cultural study in Western Europe. Beginning in […]
2018 marks the sesquicentennial anniversary of Mark Twain’s first visit to Elmira, the town where he would meet his wife, spend many of his summers over the remainder of his life, write several of his most acclaimed books, and finally be laid to rest. In the following essay, Dr. Seybold commemorates the occasion by offering his estimation of what Elmira meant to Mark Twain. January 26, 1905 It was the 30th birthday […]
The 2018 Mark Twain Lecture Series, hosted by the Chemung County Historical Society and the Center for Mark Twain Studies, concludes on Thursday, August 23 at the Chemung Valley Museum (415 East Water St., Elmira). The lecture begins at 7:00 p.m., and is free and open to the public. “Never Be in a Hurry to Believe”: How Joe Twichell’s Visits to Elmira and Cornell May Have Saved Huck Finn’s Soul” Dwayne […]
The 2018 Park Church Lecture Series, hosted by the Center for Mark Twain Studies, concludes Wednesday, July 11 in the historic and cultural landmark, The Park Church, 208 W. Gray Street, Elmira. The lecture begins at 7:00 p.m., and is free and open to the public. “Mark Twain and The Native Other” Kerry Driscoll, University of St. Joseph In his 1899 essay “Concerning the Jews,” Twain states: I am quite sure that […]