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Robbins Hunter Event: "Ain't It A Shame What We've Done to Mark Twain"

  • Robbins Hunter Museum 221 East Broadway Granville, OH 43023 (map)

On Sept. 21 at the Robbins Hunter Museum, curator Thomas Wortham, PhD, will present a talk on the pop-culture afterlife of Mark Twain.  

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 at the Robbins Hunter Museum from April 5th through October 31st. 

Admission: $10 without a Robbins Hunter membership

More information can be found at the Robbins Hunter website here.

NOTE:  This event is not sponsored by or affiliated with the Granville Historical Society, and a GHS membership does not grant one free admission to Robbins Hunter events. We present news of this event solely as a service to anyone interested in history in Granville.