April 23 • 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmFree
The Mark Twain House & Museum welcomes Paul Schiller to the Trouble Begins stage for his lecture: on all things Gillette Castle
The lecture begins at 7:00PM. This is a FREE HYBRID event sponsored by Kathleen and David Jimenez.
Virtual attendees will receive a link to watch live via YouTube.
In-Person attendees are invited to join us at 6:00PM for a Pasta Reception sponsored by Salute prior to the lecture. Food is first come first serve and there will be a cash bar.
About the program:
Join us for a special event with Paul Schiller, who after years of giving tours of Gillette Castle, is taking his act on the road. Paul, a self-described “Castle Nerd” and “Gillexpert”, will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about Gillette Castle and its namesake, William Gillette. He will take you “behind the stones” and unlock the secrets of the castle and its mysterious creator. Paul will cover William Gillette’s beginnings as a native son and Nook Farm resident (including his relationship with Mark Twain), his last days in his Hadlyme Castle and everything in between. This program is guaranteed to educate and entertain.
About the Speaker:
Paul Schiller spent almost a decade working at Gillette Castle State Park. Aside from providing engaging and informative tours to castle visitors, he served as an archivist, researcher and educator for the park. During the Covid-19 Pandemic, Paul created a series of video tours of the castle, available on the Friends of Gillette Castle State Park YouTube Channel. Paul has spoken about the castle on local radio stations such as iCRV in Ivoryton, WPKN Bridgeport, WGCH Greenwich, WTIC-AM, and WRCH and WSHU. Likewise, he has been interviewed on NBC Connecticut and Fox61 and appeared on NESN’s ‘New England Boating’ and WFSB’s ‘Better Connecticut’ (now Great Day). He has presented his Gillecture at multiple venues, including the Little Theater of Manchester and Danbury Public Library.