In July 1890, the Clemens family journeyed to the Catskills to spend the
summer at an exclusive new resort, Onteora. They came at the invitation
of Candace Wheeler, founder of the design firm Associated Artists, who
had helped Mrs. Clemens decorate her Hartford home. Onteora was Mrs.
Wheeler's brainchild: a rustic retreat for her family and friends,
founded in 1888. This fresh summer spot attracted no Vanderbilts: but it
became the summer home of many professional writers and painters who
enjoyed a scenic break from the heat of New York. Of course Clemens was
the lion of the season in this den of literary talent. Onteora's
historian Jane Curley will describe the summer's entertainments, from
dress up and charades to portrait sittings with absinthe and cigars. Reception with light refreshments 5 p.m., lecture 5:30 p.m. While this event is free, pre-registration is required.