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October 23 • 7:00 pm

Program takes place on Zoom Webinar. A recording will be available at any time after the program.  

Before the Gilded Age reveals the extraordinary ways in which W. W. Corcoran— a financial pioneer and philanthropist— shaped the emerging cultural elite and changed the capital and the country both for better and for worse. A complex and controversial character, Corcoran influenced banking and finance, art and American culture, philanthropy, and the nation’s capital. Before the Gilded Age provides a colorful account of a political chameleon who successfully transcended political party, geography, and ideology to become one of the richest and most influential people in the country.  

Virtual: Choose your own price for non-members. Free for members. REGISTER HERE. 

Copies of Before the Gilded Age are available for purchase through the Mark Twain Store; proceeds benefit The Mark Twain House & Museum. Books will be shipped after the event. We regret that we are NOT able to ship books outside the United States as it is cost-prohibitive to do so. 


About the Author: An educator and author, Mark L. Goldstein recently retired as a director at the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO), the investigative agency of the U.S. Congress. Mr. Goldstein is the author of America’s Hollow Government: How Washington Has Failed the People, received several awards and was a text in college government courses. Mr. Goldstein has earned honors from the American Library Association, the Associated Press, the Society of American Business Press Editors, the American Society for Public Administration, and GAO. Mr. Goldstein holds a BS in Journalism from Syracuse University, an MPA from George Washington University, a MA from the University of Maryland at College Park, and a PhD from the University of Maryland at College Park. A frequent public speaker, Mr. Goldstein has testified before committees of the U.S. Congress more than 75 times and appeared in major media outlets, including CNN, C-SPAN, Washington Post, New York Times, National Public Radio, and the ABC Evening News. 

About the Moderator: Pieter Roos is the Executive Director of The Mark Twain House & Museum. _____________________________________________________________ 

Programs at The Mark Twain House & Museum are made possible in part by support from CT Humanities; the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts; Ensworth Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee; the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s United Arts Campaign; The Hartford; The Mark Twain Foundation; The National Endowment for the Humanities; and Travelers. 


October 23
7:00 pm
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