News Release 663

Birthday celebration planned Nov. 27 at Mark Twain Birthplace State Historic Site

Volume 38-663 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010 

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., NOV. 24, 2010 – Celebrate the 175th anniversary of Mark Twain with a free tour of the museum at Mark Twain Birthplace State Historic Site in Florida, Mo., on Nov. 27.

Sponsored by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the event will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Throughout the day, there will be showings of “The Diaries of Adam and Eve,” a film inspired by a Mark Twain short story. Birthday cake and other refreshments will be available.

The museum contains the cabin where Samuel Clemens was born, exhibits that interpret details his life, first editions of Mark Twain’s works, a handwritten manuscript of “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” and furnishings from Twain’s Hartford, Conn., home.

This year marks several milestones for Mark Twain, including the 175th anniversary of his birth (Nov. 30, 1835), the 100th anniversary of his death (April 21, 1910), and the 125th anniversary of the publication of “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” This year is also the 50th anniversary of the dedication of Mark Twain Memorial Shrine, which is a part of the historic site.

Mark Twain Birthplace State Historic Site is located at 37352 Shrine Road in Florida on Route U in Mark Twain State Park. For more information on the event, call 573-565-3449 or the Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946  (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf). For information on state parks and historic sites, visit