The purpose of this project is to celebrate Samuel L. Clemens' life in Redding, Connecticut by documenting and showcasing his time here in multiple formats both online and offline. Your donations & site sponsorships will help me dedicate more time to these projects and allow me to get them online sooner.

Thursday, May 17

Now Open- @ Easton Public Library in Easton, Connecticut-
Twain & Keller: Easton and Redding, Connecticut's Special Connection

Curated by Brent M. Colley, Heather Morgan and Lisa Burghardt

"He entered into my limited world with enthusiasm just as he might have explored Mars. Blindness was an adventure that kindled his curiosity. He treated me not as a freak, but as a handicapped woman seeking a way to circumvent extraordinary difficulties. There was something of divine apprehension in this rare naturalness towards those who differ from others in external circumstances."
-Helen Keller on meeting Mark Twain

Their paths crossed at pivotal points in both their lives: A series of failed business ventures had pushed Twain into bankruptcy and Keller was being pressured to decide whether she should continue with her studies or devote herself to the cause of the deaf and blind. In a roundabout way, it was Henry H. Rogers who championed for both of them, corrected their situations and fortified a friendship that would continue until Twain's passing and beyond.

This exhibit is a celebration of their friendship and the interesting parallels between these world-renowned individuals who just happened to select Easton and Redding, Connecticut as their final residences.

The Online Version of the Twain & Keller Exhibit.

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