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History & Legacy

1855 
Elmira Female College is the first college founded to grant the baccalaureate degree to women. Jervis Langdon is a member of the Board of Trustees of Elmira Female College.

February 4, 1869 
Samuel Langhorne Clemens and Olivia Louise Langdon are officially engaged.

May 1869 
Jervis Langdon purchases the East Hill property that will become Quarry Farm.

February 2, 1870 
Samuel Langhorne Clemens and Olivia Louise Langdon are married in the parlor of the Langdon home in Elmira, New York. The Reverend Joseph Twichell and the Reverend Thomas K. Beecher preside.

August 6, 1870 
Jervis Langdon dies. Quarry Farm is willed to his eldest daughter Susan Crane. She and her husband, Theodore, make it their year round home.

1870s - 1880s 
Clemens family spend summers at Quarry Farm. During these years Mark Twain works on Roughing It, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Prince and the Pauper, A Tramp Abroad, Life on the Mississippi, and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court as well as many short pieces.

March 19, 1872 
Olivia Susan "Susy" Clemens is born in Elmira, New York.

June 2, 1872 
Langdon Clemens is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery.

1874 
Susan Crane presents Samuel L. Clemens/Mark Twain with an octagonal study.

June 8, 1874 
Clara Langdon Clemens is born at Quarry Farm.

July 26, 1880 
Jane Lampton "Jean" Clemens is born at Quarry Farm.


July 3, 1889 
Theodore Crane, brother-in-law to Samuel L. Clemens, dies at Quarry Farm.

July 14, 1895 - July 31, 1896 
Samuel L. Clemens, Olivia L. Clemens and Clara L. Clemens leave from Elmira, New York for a world lecture tour. Susy and Jean stay at Quarry Farm with their aunt, Susan Crane. Jean attends the Elmira College Prepatory School.

August 23, 1896 
Olivia Susan "Susy" Clemens is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Summer 1903 
Samuel L. and Olivia L. Clemens spend their last summer at Quarry Farm.

July 14, 1904 
Olivia L. Clemens is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery.

December 26, 1909 
Jane Lampton "Jean" Clemens is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery.

April 24, 1910 
Samuel Langhorne Clemens is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery.

1952 
The Mark Twain Study is presented to Elmira College by Dr. Ida Langdon on behalf of her family. Dr. Langdon, niece of Mark Twain, was Professor of English Literature at Elmira College for twenty years.

December 31, 1982 
Quarry Farm is given to Elmira College by Jervis Langdon, Jr., Mark Twain's grand-nephew. The Elmira College Center for Mark Twain Studies is established.

Fall 1985 
"The Trouble Begins At Eight" lecture series begins. Drs. James Cox, Hamlin Hill, Leo Marx, Henry Nash Smith, and John S. Tuckey are the featured speakers.

August 10-12, 1989 
The Center for Mark Twain Studies holds its first conference on The State of Mark Twain Studies. The conference marked the centennial of A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court.

August 12-14, 1993 
The Center for Mark Twain Studies hosts a second conference on the State of Mark Twain Studies. Dr. Louis J. Budd's lifetime achievements are saluted and the tenth anniversary of the Center for Mark Twain Studies is celebrated.

August 14-16, 1997 
The Center for Mark Twain Studies hosts its third conference on the State of Mark Twain Studies. The centennial of the publishing ofFollowing the Equator and the occasion of Dr. Hamlin Hill's retirement are celebrated.

August 16-18, 2001 
The Center for Mark Twain Studies hosts its fourth conference on the State of Mark Twain Studies, celebrating the 80th birthday of Dr. Louis J. Budd and the up-coming premiere of the Ken Burns documentary film Mark Twain.
August 4-6, 2005
The Center for Mark Twain Studies hosts its fifth conference on the State of Mark Twain Studies. Keynote Speaker Ron Powers, author of Mark Twain: A Life (2005) along with many other books on Mark Twain and other topics, delivered the Keynote Address. Sixty papers were shared.

October 10-11, 2008
The Center for Mark Twain Studies hosts its first Weekend Symposium, A Centennial Symposium on Mark Twain’s The Mysterious Stranger. Chaired by Joseph Csicsila, Eastern Michigan University, and Chad Rohman, Dominican University, the Symposium featured twelve scholarly papers and a Keynote Address by Alan Gribben, Auburn University at Montgomery.

August 6-8, 2009
The Center for Mark Twain Studies hosts its sixth conference on the State of Mark Twain Studies. Keynote Speaker Russell Banks, author of more than a dozen novels and short story collections, delivered the Keynote Address. Seventy-five papers and presentations were shared.

October 15 & 16, 2010
The Center for Mark Twain Studies hosts its second Weekend Symposium, en route: Mark Twain’s Travel Books – A Tramp Abroad and Following the Equator. Chaired by Terry Oggel, Virginia Commonwealth University, the Symposium featured twelve scholarly papers and a Keynote Address by Louis J. Budd, Duke University Emeritus.

October 19 & 20, 2012
The Center for Mark Twain Studies hosts its third Weekend Symposium, Complicating Twain: Biography, Autobiography, and the Personal Scholar – Remembering Michael J. Kiskis. Chaired by Ann Ryan, Le Moyne College, and Kerry Driscoll, Saint Joseph University, the Symposium featured twelve scholarly papers and a Keynote Address by Laura Skandera Trombley, Pitzer College President and Mark Twain Scholar.

August 1-3, 2013
The Center for Mark Twain Studies hosts its seventh conference on the State of Mark Twain Studies. Keynote Speaker Peter Kaminsky, creator and producer of the Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor and author of many books, delivered the Keynote Address. Eighty papers were shared. Conference attendees viewed a private screening of HOLBROOK/TWAIN.