THE SUMMER OF 1876: The Season That Defined the American West (Virtual)

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June 22 • 7:00 pm















From the creator of the “Legends of the Old West” podcast, The Summer of 1876 weaves together the timelines of major events and legends of that pivotal year. It demonstrates the overlapping context of their stories and illustrates the historical importance of that summer, all layered with highlights of significant milestones in 1876, including the release of Mark Twain’s novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Considered a “lively survey of a watershed historical period and some of its defining figures” by Kirkus Reviews, The Summer of 1876 is the ultimate exploration and celebration of the summer that defined the West.

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

Copies of The Summer of 1876 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: Chris Wimmer is the creator, host, and lead writer of “Legends of the Old West,” a long-form, narrative podcast that tells true stories of the American West. He has a master’s degree in journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University and has won numerous local, state, and national awards for his writing.

About the Moderator: Mallory Howard is the Assistant Curator at 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.


June 22
7:00 pm
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