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August 10 • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pmFree
The Mark Twain House & Museum welcomes Jane Curley back to the Trouble Begins stage for her lecture: A Model Case of Oh Hellyes! The Clemens spend a happy summer at Onteora in 1890.
During the summer of 1890, the Clemens family found themselves perched high on a mountaintop in the Catskills. Life there was primitive, just one step above a camping adventure. They stayed in a rough cottage across the road from a small Inn, the Bear and Fox, where they took their meals and socialized with other hardy residents of this newly-formed community, Onteora. In her talk, Jane Curley will explore why the Clemens chose to come to Onteora, who else summered there, and what they all did to amuse themselves.
In-person attendees are invited to come to the Museum center early to visit this year’s summer exhibition For Business or Pleasure? Twain’s Summer Sojourns which highlights the Clemens family’s American-based summer vacations. Learn more about the exhibit by CLICKING HERE. Food and drink will be available for purchase form the Nook Café. Virtual attendees will receive a link to watch live via YouTube.
JANE CURLEY is an independent curator specializing in children’s literature. She earned a PhD in art history from Yale University. For the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA, she has curated shows on Kay Thompson’s Eloise, Ludwig Bemelmans’ Madeline, the work of William Steig and many more. Her most recent exhibition, The Pursuit of Everything, featured Maira Kalman’s work for children. Her summers are spent at the Onteora Club, where she lives in a crooked Associated Artists’ cottage. She has been the club historian for many years.