Spotlight Event


TWAIN'S TEMPER: Top Ten Tantrums & Righteous Rages

mark twain in hat

From the telephone to Yankee imperialism in the Philippines, this exhibition will explore what made Mark Twain mad. Dive into his eloquent, humane thunderings against injustice and his quirkier dislikes and irritations. Books, political cartoons, letters, and illustrations, arranged in imaginative and compelling ways, will be the components of this light-and-serious read-fest.


RENEWING THE ROYAL CHAMBER: The Clemenses' Mahogany Suite Reborn

mahogany suite

This exhibition coincides with the opening of the newly restored Mahogany Suite, opening to the public on December 4 as part of the Holiday House Tour festivities. The Clemenses' best guest suite was made up of a bedroom, dressing room, and bathroom with every modern convenience. W.D. Howells called it a "royal chamber," and Grace King compared it to the castle in "Beauty and the Beast." It was a Green Room for the family theatricals and a gift-wrapping station for Livy's charitable work. The restoration, made possible by the 2014 state bonding grant, involved a fascinating bout of detective work and a hunt for authentic fixtures and decor, ranging from a final decision on whether the bathtub had a shower, to what year Candace Wheeler produced her honeycomb wallpaper. An extraordinary, research-driven architectural firm and some legendary craftspeople have aided in this effort.


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