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Jules,  I've been corresponding with John Pascal about this conference, and would like to submit a proposal.  Specifically, I'd like to make a presentation with a focus on a long-neglected "western" residence of Clemens, the house where he was born and lived the first four years of his life in Florida, Missouri.  The house still stands and is well preserved inside the museum, about thirty miles west of Hannibal.  It is certainly symbolic of Twain's "country" origins, not to mention the fact that most of Florida's first settlers were, like the Clemens and Quarles families, form slave-holding Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky.  Also, the fact that even after moving to Hannibal, Sammy spent many summers on the Florida farm of his uncle, where he witnessed firsthand the life of the southern farm slave, including Uncle Dan'l.

I realize some might not consider this one of Clemens's  "western" residences, but it was certainly part of the "west" at the time Sammy lived there, when anything west of the Mississippi was more or less wilderness.  Also, I think that, aside from Twainiacs, few people are even aware of the Florida house or Florida as Clemens's birthplace.

I have a number of photos I could use to supplement such presentation and, since I'm on the Board of Directors of the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum in Hannibal, I should have ready access to the archives in Hannibal and Florida regarding the house and Sammy's years in and around Florida.

Let me know what you think.
Martin Zehr
Kansas City

--- On Wed, 11/21/12, JULES AUSTIN HOJNOWSKI <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

From: JULES AUSTIN HOJNOWSKI <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: CFP RMMLA
To: [log in to unmask]
Date: Wednesday, November 21, 2012, 10:23 AM

Good morning Twain friends :)

Just wanted to let you know that my special session for RMMLA was approved!

Here is the CFP:


Mark Twain Panel
Ms. Jules A. Hojnowski
Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Conference
October 10-12, 2013=20
Vancouver, WASHINGTON (across the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon - fl=
y into PDX!) at the Hilton Vancouver Washington

Mark Twain
The Western Residences of Mark Twain: Found in Fact or Fiction
This panel is focusing on Mark Twain's "Residences" out west, converging on=
 experiences or relationships while in that residence.  Residences could in=
clude a friend's home, an apartment, a room in a hotel or even a tent.  Thi=
s could include works written by Mark Twain, or other authors writing about=

This session invites academic papers, multi-media, or digital pieces on any=
 aspect of Mark Twain's "home" while he was in the west. =20
By March 1, 2013, email or regular mail 300-word abstracts with the requisi=
te information as noted in the RMMLA call for papers guidelines,  http://rm=

to Mrs. Jules A. Hojnowski, at [log in to unmask] or 1690 Trumansburg Rd, It=
haca, NY 14850

I am doing this panel in RMMLA, because there is one in SAMLA for the east =
coast people, and I know there are MANY Twain people on the west coast, who=
 can't get to the east coast, so I like to give them equal opportunity to p=
resent.  I would love to make this panel a permanent one someday, and I hel=
p at the conference every year, because it is an awesome conference :)

I'll post this once a month, until I get enough papers for it :)

For the new people on this list or new to conferences in general, there is =
a membership fee AND a registration fee, that must be paid to present.  It =
is not much, but there is one, so be sure that it can be paid before asking=
 to be on the panel.

Thank you so much!