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Local Historians Explore Mark Twain's Connections To Norwalk

"Innocents Abroad" mural featuring Mark Twain, by Justin Gruelle
"Innocents Abroad" mural featuring Mark Twain, by Justin Gruelle Photo Credit: Contributed

NORWALK, Conn. -- How is Mark Twain connected to Norwalk? Join Norwalk historians Madeleine and Ed Eckert to discover the connection during a lively lecture at the Norwalk Historical Society Museum.

“Norwalk & Mark Twain: Being Some Interesting Connections Between the City of Norwalk & Mark Twain” will be held on Sunday, Nov. 19, at 2 p.m. at the Norwalk Historical Society Museum. 

We all know Twain lived in Hartford and Redding, but how is one of America’s most famous literary figures connected to Norwalk? In this lecture, the Eckerts will uncover interesting historic and artistic connections between Twain, Norwalk and WPA artists, one being Justin Gruelle. The lecture was first produced as part of Connecticut's 2010 Mark Twain Centennial Project commemorating Mark Twain’s death. 

Madeleine and Ed Eckert are local researchers and historians who serve on the Norwalk Historical Society Board of Directors. They have given numerous slide lecture presentations in Norwalk and throughout the state. They have also led historic walking tours and cemetery tours around the Historic Norwalk Green, the Mill Hill Graveyard, St. Paul’s Graveyard and Riverside Cemetery. The Eckerts have done extensive research on the Battle and Burning of Norwalk, Nathan Hale, African American history, and Colonial history in Norwalk.

The Museum’s new exhibit: New Deal, New Day: WPA Artists at Work and Play, which features Gruelle’s work, will be open for viewing after the lecture. 

The lecture will take place upstairs in the museum and at this time there is no elevator. Limited seating is available. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at or by calling (203) 846-0525. 

 Parking is available at Norwalk City Hall, 125 East Ave. The museum is in the red brick house with blue double front doors, next to the Norwalk Health Department.

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