Event reminder - Brown Bag Lunch tomorrow
If you haven't already, there is plenty of time to register for tomorrow's Brown Bag Lunch lecture on Joseph Hopkins Twichell with Steve Courtney.
It may come as a surprise that Mark Twain's best friend of forty years was a Congregationalist minister, Rev. Joseph Hopkins Twichell (1838-1918) of Hartford, Connecticut. After Twichell's education at Yale and his Civil War service as a Union chaplain, he took on his first (and only) pastorate at Asylum Hill Congregational Church in Hartford, then the nation's most affluent city. After a chance meeting, Twichell befriended Twain; assisted at his new friend's wedding; accompanied him on long walking tours of the Connecticut hills, Bermuda and the Alps; and presided over the Clemens family's weddings and funerals.
Steve Courtney, author of Joseph Hopkins Twichell: The Life and Times of Mark Twain's Closest Friend, will discuss how Twichell's personality, abolitionist background, theological training, and war experience shaped his friendship with Twain during a life emblematic of a broad and eventful period of American change. Participants should gain an appreciation of why the witty, profane, and skeptical Twain cherished Twichell's companionship.
Wednesday, July 25th
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Join us for lunch at noon.
Program begins promptly at 12:15.