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An Evening with Ralph Nader

Thursday, August 14, 7:00 p.m.--preceded by a VIP reception at 5:30 p.m.

Ralph Nader will be in conversation with Bill Curry, two-time Democratic nominee for Governor of Connecticut and a White House advisor in the administration of Bill Clinton.

Ralph Nader is a consumer advocate, lawyer, and author.

He was born in Winsted, Connecticut in 1934. In 1955 Ralph Nader received an AB magna cum laude from Princeton University, and in 1958 he received a LLB with distinction from Harvard University.

His career began as a lawyer in Hartford, Connecticut in 1959 and from 1961-63 he lectured on history and government at the University of Hartford.

In 1965-66 he received the Nieman Fellows award and was named one of ten Outstanding Young Men of Year by the U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce in 1967. Between 1967-68 he returned to Princeton as a lecturer, and he continues to speak at colleges and universities across the United States.

In his career as consumer advocate he founded many organizations including the Center for Study of Responsive Law, the Public Interest Research Group (PIRG), the Center for Auto Safety, Public Citizen, Clean Water Action Project, the Disability Rights Center, the Pension Rights Center, the Project for Corporate Responsibility and The Multinational Monitor (a monthly magazine).

Tickets are $30 / $25 for members. $65 includes pre-reception with Ralph Nader starting at 5:30 p.m.

For tickets, please call (860) 280-3130.

BECK & CALL " The Servants Tour (Directed by HartBeat Ensemble's Steven Raider-Ginsburg)

Friday, August 1, Tours begin at 7:00 p.m.

Help! The servants at Mark Twain's House are expecting a full-on assault of overnight guests. With famous faces coming for an elegant dinner, three guest rooms to prepare and 25 rooms worth of dusting, the hired help may need a helping hand. With BECK & CALL, our fun, new interactive nighttime servants tour of The Mark Twain House, we offer a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to get the Clemens home ship-shape for overnight entertaining. You may even be asked to pitch in! With costumed interpreters appearing throughout the house, fans of "Upstairs/Downtairs" and "Downton Abbey" will love this look at the organized chaos that it took to cook, clean and clothe the Clemens Family.

Special Added Attraction: Be among the first to see the 3rd floor Artists Friends Guest Room, reopened for the first time in two decades!

BECK & CALL "“ The Servants Tour - The first Friday of every month, April through September (except for July, which will be on the second Friday of that month)

Beck & Call is supported by the City of Hartford Arts & Heritage Jobs Grant Program, Pedro E. Segarra, Mayor.

$22 for adults with discounts for children and members. Reservations required. For tickets, please call (860) 280-3130.

BOOK/MARK: Book launch of "The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy: A Novel" by Jacopo della Quercia

Thursday, July 31, 7:00 p.m.

This historical thriller is an equal-parts cocktail of action, adventure, science-fiction and comedy. The book follows a globe-trotting President Taft and Robert Todd Lincoln in a race to solve a mystery stretching back to the Civil War and the Lincoln assassination. Based on true events, readers will find themselves swept into a vast conspiracy spanning four continents and three oceans during the turn of the century. Fascinating technologies will be harnessed, dark secrets revealed, true villains exposed, and some of the most famous figures in history will take the stage. With surprises lurking around every corner, and a vast cast of characters to root for, Jacopo della Quercia's "The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy" is a heart-pounding adventure that only history could have made possible.

Followed by a book sale and signing.

This is a free event, but reservations are suggested. Call (860) 280-3130.

Support Free Programs at The Mark Twain House

As you probably know, The Mark Twain House has MANY free programs throughout the year. Even though they are free to attendees, they cost money to put on. We sadly lost our corporate sponsor for these free events and have started a GoFundMe campaign to raise that money. Please consider giving--the minimum is only $5. Thanks so much!

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