Monday, March 10, 2014

This Week at The Mark Twain House

The Trouble Begins at 5:30! "Mark Twain and the Philippine-American War" With Susan K. Harris
Wednesday, March 12, 5 pm reception; 
The Trouble Begins at 5:30 pm

Late in life, Mark Twain railed against the American suppression of the Philippine independence movement. He wrote "I am opposed to having the eagle put its talons on any other land." Twain's role in the anti-imperialism movement will be discussed by Susan K. Harris, the Joyce and Elizabeth Hall Distinguished Professor of American Literature and Culture at The University of Kansas and the author of God's Arbiters: Americans and the Philippines, 1898 - 1902.  A book signing will follow the event.

This is a free event, but reservations are suggested: 860-280-3130. 

Exhibition Opening: At Your Service
Thursday, March 13, 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Do you enjoy Downton Abbey? If so, you'll love the new At Your Service exhibition at The Mark Twain House & Museum. This special exhibition, which will be on view from March 14 until Sept. 1, will use historic objects from the museum's collection and other institutions to educate visitors about the daily work lives of servants of the nineteenth and early twentieth century, and to tell the stories of the diverse and interesting individuals who worked as servants for Mark Twain and his family. The opening reception will include beverages and appetizers and will allow attendees to see the exhibition before it opens to the public on the following day. 

The Opening is followed by: 
BOOK/MARK: Charles MacPherson - Author of The Butler Speaks
Thursday, March 13, 7:00 p.m.

Following the At Your Service exhibit opening, Charles MacPherson, founder of the only licensed butler academy in North America, will discuss the essentials of entertaining and household management as outlined in his new beautifully illustrated style, etiquette and entertainment guide. For anyone who rents or owns--be it a small urban condo or a lavish country estate--The Butler Speaks includes everything you need to know to simplify, organize and care for your home.
The At Your Service Opening and the Charles MacPherson lecture are free events, but reservations are suggested: 860-280-3130.

Savage Girl by Jean Zimmerman - The Official Book Launch
Friday, March 14, 7 pm

Calling all wild women (and the men who love them)!  The Mark Twain House & Museum has been selected to launch Jean Zimmerman's latest novel, Savage Girl. A suspenseful and murderous read, the book follows the story of a young woman believed to be raised by wolves who is adopted and transported to Gilded Age Manhattan. Shortly after her arrival, suitors start dropping, leading to a sensational investigation to determine whether or not the deaths are caused by this "savage girl."

Get ready for a savage evening of fun and conversation with New York Times bestselling author Jean Zimmerman, author of The Orphanmaster and Love, Fiercely: A Gilded Age Romance.

This is free event, followed by a book signing. Reservations are suggested: 860-280-3130.
Saturday, March 15, 7 pm  (The Knitting Circle pre-show is at 6 pm)

Christine Lavin is a humorous singer/songwriter/
recording artist living in New York City. She is currently working on her 21st solo album, and in December 2013 she co-produced her tenth compilation CD Just One Angel v2.0 showcasing the holiday songs of 19 songwriters whose work she loves. The food-themed compilation One Meat Ball, includes a 96-page cookbook that Christine edited. Christine performs concerts all over the US, Canada, and points beyond (Australia, Germany, Israel), and hosts knitting circles backstage prior to each show.  Arrive with your needles and yarn at 6:00 p.m. for the pre-concert knitting circle with Christine!

Tickets are $25.  860-280-3130;  or click here for tickets.

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