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  • Mark Twain HouseMark Twain House Hartford, Connecticut
    The Mark Twain House in Hartford, Connecticut was home to the great writer from 1874 until 1891, after moving here from Hannibal, Missouri. The 19 room Victorian gothic house is well known as the site of his outstanding works like the Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Life on the Mississippi, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, the Gilded Age, the Prince and the Pauper, Huckleberry Finn and A Tramp Abroad. The family would be forced to leave in 1891, after poor financial investments hurt his money situation, so they ended up in Europe, where they would live until their return in 1900, going to live in a house that had been constructed for him in Redding, Connecticut called Stormfield, where he would pass away on April 21, 1910. The house in Hartford would become a school, an apartment building and then library. The structure would become a National Historic Landmark in 1962 and after 1974, it would receive a multi-million dollar restoration and addition that would be used to highlight his works and life. Today, the house again faces financial problems, with much of it because the organization operating it overestimated the amount of visitors that would come here. Mark arrived in the city of Hartford in 1868 on business, as he was in the process of writing The Innocents Abroad, to work with his publisher, Elisha Bliss, Jr. of the American Publishing Company. His real name was Samuel Langhorne Clemens and he was born in November, 1835 in Hannibal, Missouri, during a visit by Haley's comet that must have returned to take him away, since it would be there when he died also. When Mark came to Hartford, the city had become a publishing center, with twelve publishing companies located there. He would marry Olivia Langdon and then move into a lovely home in Buffalo, New York, but after two years he would move into the house here in Hartford, which was even more elaborate; and later bought it, so that he could be closer to his publisher, and was also the city that had the highest per-capita income of all the cities in the nation. They rented a house in Nook Farm in 1871, before he purchased land to build his marvelous house, moving into it when it had been finished in 1874. On the top floor, he located his study and billiards room, staying up there until late in the evening, and off-limits to all but the cleaning staff. It would also be the location for his male guests to come and share cigars and liquor; after he had been heard to say that "there ought to be a room in this house to swear in. It's dangerous to have to repress an emotion like that." His children had a nursery and playroom/classroom, with his wife teaching the children in the big school room that sat on the second floor. Mark would play with the children in the conservatory, often pretending to be an elephant in an imaginary safari. It seemed the family enjoyed living in the house, since Twain knew many of the writers that had moved into the Hartford neighborhood, like Harriet Beecher Stowe, who lived next door to them and Isabella Beecher Hooker; and often visit his friend, actor William Gillette at the Gillette Castle that is today, the Gillette Castle State Park. While living here, his books would become great successes, although Mark had a hard time with money. He had great humor and great abilities, except when it came to money and how to handle it without blowing it all away. With the success of his book, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, he would use some of the money to renovate the house, and in 1881, he had Louis Comfort Tiffany come and supervise the interior decorating of his house; and since Mark was such a fan of new inventions, he would install an early telephone in the entrance hall. He would invest heavily in the typesetting machine that had been invented by James W. Paige, and formed a firm called the Charles L. Webster and Company that published his writings along with Ulysses S. Grant's memoirs. The company's first publication would be The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in 1884, and within ten years went bankrupt. It would leave Mark with a huge debt and after the typesetting machine began to get overpowering competition from the new linotype machine that had been developed by Whitlaw Reid, it would go belly up and cost Twain more. Besides these losses, there would be numerous bank panics that left Mark in bad shape and great debt, so they moved to Europe where the living was much cheaper. He would then lecture throughout Europe to live by, and recoup money for his family.

  • Connecticut Science Center
    Connecticut Science Center Hartford, ConnecticutThe Connecticut Science Center occupies a nine story structure that is situated along the Connecticut River in Hartford, Connecticut that was designed by Cesar Pelli and Associates, opening in 2009, with 154,000 square feet and another 40,000 square feet of interactive displays that include; live demonstrations, videos, programs, audios, tactile documents and visuals. Planning for this outstanding facility started in 2001, with the idea of promoting the study of science to the region's youth and to revitalize the city. The state would give over $100 million towards completing the $165 million center that received the remainder from local businesses, individuals and foundations. It is the first science center in the nation that generates the majority of its power from an on-site fuel cell, and helps the center get closer to being a Gold Level Certified Green building (LEED). The center galleries contain the following exhibits for the perusal and enjoyment of its citizens and visitors; Exploring Space, Sight and Sound Experience, Forces in Motion, River of Life, Invention Dimension, Picture of Health and KidSpace.

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  • Wadsworth AtheneumWadsworth Atheneum Hartford, Connecticut
    The Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Connecticut is now the oldest public art museum in the nation, with important holdings of American and French impressionist paintings, modernist masterpieces and contemporary works, Hudson River School landscapes and a magnificent collection of early American furniture and decorative arts. The unique castle-like structure sits majestically on Main Street in the downtown area, quite accessible from both interstates, 91 and 84, along with the train service; and with a total of 196,000 square feet of exhibition space, it is without a doubt the biggest art museum in the state. The Wadsworth, as it more commonly referred to, was built on the former site of the family home of Daniel Wadsworth, in the heart of the downtown area, with architects Ithiel Town and Alexander Jackson Davis, who had designed the "castle" that is now the atheneum's oldest structure. The huge structure would begin in 1842, after the museum had been incorporated in June of that year, with the stark "1842" embossed above the entrance door, although the museum itself didn't open July 31, 1844, and it has been open ever since. One of the oldest and most influential families, the Wadsworths would contribute many valuable works of art to the museum that would exhibited at the time of the opening. The initial collection would be 78 paintings, one portrait miniature, one bronze sculpture and two marble busts, and since then has continued to grow. Ever since opening the Wadsworth would also be used for dance recitals and dramatic performances, benefits, social functions and displaying historical relics. During the early 21st century it would have to struggle financially, going through five directors and three acting directors during that difficult time, with a deficit of $284,000 by 2006, and by the next year it would rise to $540,000. It would be forced to abandon the idea of expanding into the old Hartford Times building, since the initial cost of the project had been estimated at about $16 million, but later it rose to $19 million, with much higher operating costs that they had originally planned. The building now consists of the original castle-like structure, as well as four wings that were added later on, and a new one being planned now. It contains about 50,000 pieces, that includes; historical relics, ancient Roman, Egyptian and Greek bronzes, Hudson River School landscapes, early American clothing and decorations, paintings from the renaissance, baroque and French and American impressionist periods, along with 18th century French porcelains, that include Sevres and Meissen, and early African American historical and art relics and so much more; spanning over 5000 years of world history. On the outside of the castle is a wonderful statue of Nathan Hale, that is dated 1899, by Enoch S. Woods, and a short walk away is the state capitol that houses another better-known sculpture of Hale by Bela Pratt, which is a replica of the original that is located at Yale University. Ever since its opening, the atheneum has had many firsts, with one being done in 1933, when the Wadsworth would sponsor George Balanchine's immigration to the United States from the then Soviet Union, and just after arriving he would form what would become the New York City Ballet and decided to hold his first performance at the Wadsworth in 1934, one of the most significant firsts for the museum. It would be the first museum the United States to acquire artworks by Salvador Dali, Frederic Church, Piet Mondrian, Balthus, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio and many other world renown artists. With A. Everett Chick Austin leading the institution, it would host the first American exhibition of surrealism shown in the Wadsworth in 1931, and the first significant US Picasso retrospective would be held there in 1934. That same year, the world premiere of the opera Four Saints in Three Acts by Virgil Thomson and Gertrude Stein would be held in the Wadsworth.

  • Harriet Beecher Stowe Center
    Harriet Beecher Stowe Center Hartford, ConnecticutThe Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford, Connecticut interprets and preserves her marvelous house and the center's outstanding historic collections, as well as providing a venue for dynamic discussions of her work and life. The center also aspires to inspire a commitment to positive changes and social justice for all. It has been said that "her words changed the world" and "there is more done with the pen than swords", along with many other quotes made by her and about her. Her most famous work, Uncle Tom's Cabin which was published in 1852, would change how the American public looked at the institution of slavery and force this nation to deliver on its promise of equality and freedom that was handed down to us in the Constitution of the United States; because it says nothing about a person's race, religion or ethnic background, although during the ensuing years since her life, we have had to add more bills that spell that truth out in words so that no one or any nation should or could ask us why. Her book would jumpstart the abolition movement across this great nation and well contribute to the beginning of the Civil War. It was so well received that it would sell 10,000 copies in this country during its first week out and 300,000 its first year in this nation, with over 1.5 million copies being sold in England alone. All together, Harriet would publish over 30 books, but not as popular or as outspoken as Uncle Tom's Cabin. She was such a diversified woman that she would write children's text books, religious studies, advice books on homemaking and childrearing and biographies. Her informal and conversational style of writing would allow her to reach audiences of all walks of life, regardless of their economic standings or situation and encourage them to look at the controversial topics in this country at that time, like slavery, gender roles and religious reforms. She was born in Litchfield, Connecticut in 1811 to the Rev. Lyman Beecher and Roxanna Foote, the sixth child of eleven. The Beecher family expected and almost demanded that their children shape their world and perhaps it is why every one of the seven sons would become ministers, at that period, perhaps the most influential means of reaching society; the oldest daughter, Catharine pioneered education for the women of that era; the youngest daughter, Isabella, would become the founder of the National Women's Suffrage Association; while Harriet believed in her writing and that her life should be devoted to just that, and exposing the inhumanities of slavery would push her to the forefront of all women and their ideals. Her writing career would span 51 years, with short stories, hymns, poems, articles and novels, as well as biographies and other books that can be discovered when you visit the center, as they are sure to be on sale there.

January 11, 2011