The Trouble Begins in Hartford: The Nook Farm of the Clemenses and the Stowes

The Mark Twain House and Museum is kicking off their Trouble Begins lecture series tomorrow. For the first  lecture of the fall 2020 season, The Mark is hosting Elizabeth Burgess, Director of Collections & Research at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, in a discussion about Stowe, Twain, and life on Nook Farm, then and now. Burgess will be interviewed by Jodi DeBruyne, Director of Collections at the Mark Twain House.

This event will be held both in-person in The Mark Twain House & Museum’s auditorium and live streamed using the Crowdcast online platform.

Please note that this program begins at 4:30 p.m.

To watch the program virtually from the comfort of your home, please register here. The program will be live streamed using the Crowdcast online platform.

Elizabeth G. Burgess is the Director of Collections & Research at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford, CT. She is responsible for all historic collections, buildings and landscape management. Burgess coordinated research, collections needs and activities associated with the Stowe House Preservation Project completed in 2017 and coordinated the environmental improvement renovation of the library/archives storage area in 2010. She serves on the South Windsor, CT Historic District Commission and Demolition Delay Committee. Burgess has a B.A. in history from UCONN.

The Trouble at Home and Trouble Begins series are made possible with the support of Connecticut Humanities. Connecticut Humanities, a nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, supports cultural and historic organizations that tell the state’s stories, build community and enrich lives.

The Trouble Begins lecture series is presented in part with support from The Center for Mark Twain Studies at Elmira College, Elmira, New York.

For more information about the program, call 860-247-0998 or visit