ELMIRA, NY -- Hanna Yoselevich, of Union, was one of several students participating in an event commemorating Sam and Olivia Clemens.
The Elmira College Center for Twain Studies and Elmira College Theatre Department hosted a staged reading and musical performance in honor of the 150th wedding anniversary of Samuel and Olivia Langdon Clemens on Wednesday, February 5.
The evening included dramatic readings from Mark Twain's imagined "Diaries of Adam and Eve," Twain's own recollection of the wedding after Olivia's death, Ida Langdon's discerning thoughts about her aunt and uncle, as well as a few surprise performances inspired by Twain's penchant for bending truth in the service to telling a good story.
Readings were performed by Marisa Woodley '23, Elijah Jordan '23, and Sarah Turner '20, with music by Patrick Hoose-Saukas '21 and Noah Dorchester '21. Lighting for the performances was by Hanna Yoselevich '22.
Samuel Clemens, most famously known as Mark Twain, married Elmira native, Olivia Langdon, in 1870. Although they moved to Buffalo, New York, before eventually settling in Hartford, Connecticut, the Clemens spent their summers in Elmira at Quarry Farm. It was during these peaceful summers in his study, now located on the Elmira College campus, that much of the work of Mark Twain was written.
Founded in 1855, Elmira College is a private, residential, liberal arts college offering 30-plus majors, an honors program, 17 academic societies, and 20 Division III varsity teams. Located in the Southern Finger Lakes Region of New York, Elmira's undergraduate and graduate student population hails from more than 20 states and nine countries. Elmira is a Phi Beta Kappa College and has been ranked a top college, nationally, for student internships. The College is also home to the Center for Mark Twain Studies, one of four historically significant Twain heritage sites in the U.S., which attracts Twain scholars and educators from around the world for research on the famous literary icon. Proud of its history and tradition, the College is committed to the ideals of community service, and intellectual and individual growth.