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Lecture At Norwalk's Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Explores Mark Twain's Work

Patricia Philippon, a museum curator, will give a talk titled “Welcome to the Jungle: Horticulture and Hi-jinks in the Clemens Conservatory.”
Patricia Philippon, a museum curator, will give a talk titled “Welcome to the Jungle: Horticulture and Hi-jinks in the Clemens Conservatory.” Photo Credit: Contributed.
Photograph of the Clemens Conservatory today.
Photograph of the Clemens Conservatory today. Photo Credit: Contributed.
Photograph of the Clemens Conservatory in 1896.
Photograph of the Clemens Conservatory in 1896. Photo Credit: Contributed.

NORWALK, Conn. – A lecture about Mark Twain’s home and work will be held Wednesday, May 6, at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum in Norwalk.

Patricia Philippon, a museum curator, will give a talk titled “Welcome to the Jungle: Horticulture and Hijinks in the Clemens Conservatory.”

“You may look at the house and grounds from any point of view you choose, and they are exquisite,” Twain wrote in a letter to his wife, Olivia, during construction of the 25-room mansion.

“It is a quiet, murmurous, enchanting poem done in the solid elements of nature. The house & the barn do not seem to have been set up on the grassy slopes & levels by laws & plans & specifications – it seems as if they grew up out of the ground and were part and parcel of Nature’s handiwork."

Philippon was chief curator of Bristol’s Mark Twain House and Museum from 2007 to 2014. She is currently the executive director of Bristol’s American Clock and Watch Museum.

The lecture will begin at 11 a.m., and includes lunch from Michael Gilmartin's Outdoor Cookers along with a first-floor mansion tour.

Tickets are $25 for members and $30 for non-members.

RSVPs should be made by Friday.

For more information or to register, email the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum or call 203-838-9799, ext. 4.

The museum is located at 295 West Ave. in Norwalk.

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