United for Libraries to designate Literary Landmarks for Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe

For Immediate Release
Tue, 10/08/2019


Jillian Wentworth

Manager of Marketing & Membership

United for Libraries


United for Libraries, in partnership with Connecticut Center for the Book, Connecticut Humanities and Hartford Public Library, will designate two Connecticut Literary Landmarks, the Mark Twain House & Museum and the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, on Wednesday Oct. 16, 2019.

The joint dedication ceremony will take place at the Mark Twain Visitor Center at 351 Farmington Ave., Hartford, Conn. Doors will open at 8 a.m., when coffee and pastries will be served. At 8:30, the plaque unveiling will take place and brief remarks will follow. Attendance will include Jason Mancini, executive director of Connecticut Humanities and the Connecticut Center for the Book; Bridget Quinn-Carey, chief executive officer, Hartford Public Library and Mark Twain House & Museum Trustee; and Paul Mounds, chief operating officer & deputy chief of staff at the Office of Governor Ned Lamont.

Mark Twain (born Samuel L. Clemens, 1835-1910) was a writer, journalist, and lecturer known for Adventures of Huckleberry Finn as well as his social commentary and criticism of American society and imperialism. He and his family moved to Hartford, Connecticut in 1871, where he wrote his most famous works and formed his own publishing company, the Charles L. Webster Company.

Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896) was an abolitionist who published over 30 books during her lifetime, including Uncle Tom’s Cabin, the famous anti-slavery novel. She was born and raised in Litchfield, Conn. before moving to Ohio with her family in 1832.

Additional Literary Landmarks in Connecticut include the home of Maxwell E. Perkins, editor of Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and Thomas Wolfe; the town of Wethersfield, which was the setting for Elizabeth George Speare’s Newbery Medal-winner The Witch of Blackbird Pond; and Elihu Burritt Library of Central Connecticut State University.

The Literary Landmark program is administered by United for Libraries. More than 150 Literary Landmarks across the United States have been dedicated since the program began in 1986. Any library or group may apply for a Literary Landmark through United for Libraries. More information is available at www.ala.org/united/products_services/literarylandmarks.

The Mark Twain House & Museum strives to foster an appreciation of the legacy of Mark Twain as one of our nation’s defining cultural figures and to demonstrate the continuing relevance of his work, life, and times.

The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center preserves and interprets Stowe’s Hartford home and the Center’s historic collections, promotes vibrant discussion of her life and work, and inspires commitment to social justice and positive change.

United for Libraries: The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations, is a division of the American Library Association with approximately 4,000 personal and group members representing hundreds of thousands of library supporters. United for Libraries supports those who govern, promote, advocate, and fundraise for libraries, and brings together library Trustees, advocates, Friends, and Foundations into a partnership that creates a powerful force for libraries in the 21st century. To join, please visit www.ala.org/united or call (800) 545-2433, ext. 2161.