Our annual dinner meeting will be held on Friday, October 12, at the First Church of Christ, Congregational in Mansfield Center (intersection of Rtes. 89 and 195).
We hope you will join us for an evening of fine food and entertainment. Following dinner and a brief business meeting, Mallory Howard, Assistant Curator at the Mark Twain House and Museum, and Jason Scappaticci from Manchester Community College, will present “Mark Twain and the American Presidents.”
Noted for his rapier wit, Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain) was considered “the greatest American humorist of his age.” His frank observations about American culture in the Gilded Age often ring true today. Corruption, national identity, the power of big business, and America’s global role were just as contested then as they are now. His funny, insightful observations about the presidents of his day apply readily to the modern presidency.
As Mark Twain stated in one of his autobiographical dictations (June 20, 1907): “The political and commercial morals of the United States are not merely food for laughter, they are an entire banquet.” (Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 2. University of California Press, 2013). Don’t miss what should be an informative and entertaining program. It will certainly be food for thought!
Meet our presenters:
Mallory Howard is the Assistant Curator at The Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford and has worked at the museum for over 8 years. She has a special interest in Mark Twain’s marginalia and was fortunate to discover new marginalia at the Hartford residence in 2011. She earned her BA in American History at Central Connecticut State University and also holds a certification from the Modern Archives Institute in Washington D.C.
Jason Scappaticci is Director of New Students and First Year Programs at Manchester Community College. He is also active in local politics and is currently serving in his second term on the Manchester Board of Education. He earned a BA in history from Utica College and an MA in American Studies from Trinity College in Hartford.
RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED FOR THE DINNER. Please send a reservation form or call the museum (860-429-6575) by October 5 to reserve your spot.
Those who wish to attend the PROGRAM ONLY should arrive by 7:30 p.m. General admission is $3.00. Free admission for MHS members and children 12 and under.