Thursday, December 9, 2010

Mark Twain and the microbes

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It's just so Connecticut
STORRS — The University of Connecticut’s Storrs campus is holding an exhibit about Mark Twain and how his writing was influenced by Herbert Conn, a professor of microbiology at the Storrs Agricultural College, the precursor to the University of Connecticut through Dec. 15.
"The exhibit will bring to life Twain’s 1905 unpublished story, “3000 Years Among the Microbes,” which is told through the eyes of a microbe itself," UConn said in a statement.
The exhibit is at the Homer Babbidge Library and contains photos and items from the archives of UConn’s Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, the statement said.
"Twain, who lived in Hartford from 1874 to 1891 and was an admirer of the city, is depicted in the exhibit interacting with Connecticut academics and intellectuals like Conn," the statement said.
"Photos also portray Conn’s scientific contribution to Connecticut through his work at the Storrs Agricultural Station, his founding of the Department of Bacteriology at the Storrs Agricultural College, and his dairy microbiology exhibit at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair."
The exhibit has been prepared by UConn Freshman Honors students. For more information, contact Ken Noll at (860) 486-4688 or

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