Mark Twain Motherlode Festival
October 5, 6 & 7, 2012
Angels Camp, CA
“Come to Mark Twain’s Calaveras County”
The Mark Twain Gold Rush Festival celebrates the colorful history of the Mother Lode and honors the legacy of America’s most renowned writer and humorist. 2010 marks the 175th anniversary of Samuel Clemens birth and the centennial of his death. His 88-day sojourn in the Mother Lode during the winter of 1864-1865 filled his notebooks with observations that captured the spirit and personalities of the time. The famous Jumping Frog story, which came from those notebooks, provided Clemens his first taste of national fame as “Mark Twain” and remains the most well read of all his publications. The Mother Lode has changed less than any of the places in this country where Clemens lived and worked. It is still possible to retrace his footsteps along historical trails, to visit some of the same buildings he frequented while here, and to see the place much as it appeared to a young journalist and aspiring author when it was aflame with Gold Rush fever.
Join us as we celebrate and be a part of history as the scholars from the Mark Twain Project at the Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley unveil a completed comprehensive "autobiography" with previously unpublished material written by Clemens. A pre-publication release of Volume 1 of that work will be available for purchase!
Seats are limited. All of the activities will take place in Angels Camp, CA within close proximity (two miles from Bret Harte Theater to Greenhorn Creek Golf Resort).
Check out our story on News10 from 2010!
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Special thanks to our sponsors which allow this event to happen! Proceeds will benefit the Angels Camp Museum.
Thank you to the Calaveras Community Foundation!
There are two times in a man's life when he should not speculate: when he can't afford it, and when he can.
- Mark Twain, following the Equator, Pudd'nhead Wilson's New Calendar