Column: Calculating Killer Statistics

Samuel Clemens (aka, Mark Twain) famously joked that there were three kinds of untruths: lies, damned lies, and statistics. He was not the first to suggest this, but his aphorism was widely circulated in America and was widely adopted as somewhat accurate, even if it was said facetiously. Continue reading “Column: Calculating Killer Statistics”

The Women of Stormfield

Samuel Clemens was lured to Redding by his friend and biographer, Albert Bigelow Paine. Paine owned a home on Diamond Hill Road and a seventy-five-acre parcel just to the south and east of his was available for sale. Paine thought it would be an ideal place for Clemens to build a Continue reading “The Women of Stormfield”

Frog Frolic Festival Features Live Music, Food, Fun

The Mark Twain Library heralds the return of the Frog Frolic after a three-year hiatus due to the pandemic. The fun-filled family festival is making its triumphant return on Saturday, May 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Redding Community Center, 37 Lonetown Road in Redding. Many Continue reading “Frog Frolic Festival Features Live Music, Food, Fun”

Mark Twain Library Art Show, Online or In Person

The Mark Twain Library is excited to present the 49th annual Art Show from Dec. 5 to 12. The art show is presented both as a hanging exhibition in the library founded by Mark Twain himself, and also as an online gallery for those unable to attend in person.

Continuing a tradition Continue reading “Mark Twain Library Art Show, Online or In Person”

The Great Silverware Caper of 1908

Exactly what put the events of September 17, 1908 into motion may never be known. What we do know is that two would-be, cracker-jack thieves by the names of Henry Williams and Charles Hoffman decided to take the train from Norwalk to Redding that Thursday with the intent of robbing Continue reading “The Great Silverware Caper of 1908”

Column: Monkeys

Samuel Clemens [Mark Twain] said, “I believe our Heavenly Father invented man because he was disappointed in the monkey.” I would go further and speculate that Mother Nature cooked up Homo sapiens to give the other animals on the planet something to joke about. One need only listen Continue reading “Column: Monkeys”

Stroke Weather

Charles Dudley Warner famously observed, “Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.”  Although that 1897 insight is usually attributed to Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain), it was the Harford Courant editor Warner who first published the comment. His statement Continue reading “Stroke Weather”

‘I have been in Eden’ – Helen Keller’s visit to Mark Twain’s Stormfield in 1909

Part of the Historical Society of Easton’s Year of the Woman series.

In March of 1894, fourteen-year-old Helen Keller met Samuel Clemens for the first time at a gathering at Laurence Hutton’s New York home. Hutton was the literary editor of Harper’s Magazine at the time. After Continue reading “‘I have been in Eden’ – Helen Keller’s visit to Mark Twain’s Stormfield in 1909”