The Mark Twain Nobody Knows: Reading Between the Lines

Thomas Wortham, former chairman of the UCLA English Department, and now retired at Buckeye Lake, is an expert on Mark Twain and his masterpiece, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Over the years, Wortham amassed a staggering collection of toys and tchotchkes inspired by the novel, including beer steins, coloring books, Cabbage Patch dolls, shot glasses, sheet music, and even shampoo. Wortham contends that Huck and his adventures were the country's first pop culture merchandising phenomenon — and the novel’s powerful and artistically sophisticated insights about the United States have suffered as a result. A selection from Wortham’s collection will be on display from April 5th through October 31st.

A selection from Wortham’s collection will be on display from April 5th through October 31st.


Victoria addressing Congress in 1871

Victoria addressing Congress in 1871

This is not the first year a woman has run for president. Victoria Woodhull paved the way 144 years ago!

Exhibit open until December 30, 2016 during regular museum hours, 1-4pm Wed-Sat.Free and open to the public.

 

Spencer Wright and the Tannery Desk

The Tannery Desk as displayed in the Robbins Hunter Museum.

The Tannery Desk as displayed in the Robbins Hunter Museum.

For 100 years the desk stood in the tannery’s primitive office. Where was it for the next 100?  The history just might surprise you!

Ongoing exhibit upstairs during regular museum hours, 1-4pm Wed-Sat.  Free and open to the public.