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Curator At Norwalk Mansion Gives Talk On Mark Twain's Holiday Traditions

Patricia Philippon is the curator at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion in Norwalk. Photo Credit: Contributed
The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum in Norwalk. Photo Credit: Contributed

NORWALK, Conn. – The curator at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion in Norwalk will give a talk entitled “A Clemens Christmas,” which will highlight the Christmas celebrations that took place in the Hartford home of Mark Twain.

The talk by Curator Patricia Philippon will be Wednesday, Nov. 12,  at 11 a.m. at the mansion at 295 West Ave.

This lecture will discuss Victorian holiday traditions, as well as provide a virtual walk-through of the Clemens 19- room, Tiffany-decorated mansion, decked out for the family's holiday celebrations, from 1874 to 1891, when the author, his wife, and three daughters lived in the house.

This lecture will lead the audience throughout the house, starting with a "kissing ball" of mistletoe and the home's massive staircase wreathed in garlands and ribbons.

Along with the holiday decorations Philippon will discuss Clemens’ own holiday sentiments and introduce lecture-goers to his storytelling side, his humor, and his endearing thoughts on this cherished family tradition.

Philippon is executive director of the American Clock & Watch Museum in Bristol, and was the chief curator of The Mark Twain House & Museum from 2007 to 2014.

This will be the sixth in a series of lectures entitled “Lockwood-Mathews Mansion: Seventy-Four Years of Culture - Art, Life, and Love, 1864-1938,” by curators and experts in the field of Victorian era material life.

The lectures are $25 for members, $30 for non-members per session. Please RSVP by Friday, Nov. 7. The price includes lecture, lunch and a first floor Mansion tour. Lunch is courtesy of Michael Gilmartin's Outdoor Cookers. The chair of the Lecture Committee is Mimi Findlay of New Canaan. Contact or (203) 838-9799, ext. 4 to purchase tickets.

The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is a National Historic Landmark. For more information on schedules and programs visit: , email, or call 203-838-9799.

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