Mark Twain and the Holy Land

October 25, 2019 – February 2, 2020

In 1867, a young Mark Twain departed New York Harbor on the steamship Quaker City for a five-and-a-half-month excursion, with stops in Europe and around the Mediterranean. His funny, scathing, and revealing observations of the local sites and inhabitants first appeared as a series of letters in a San Francisco newspaper and eventually became one of the bestselling travelogues of all time, The Innocents Abroad, or The New Pilgrims’ Progress. Dive into the storied journey behind the famed book and the changing American perceptions of the Holy Land in our new exhibition that celebrates the book's 150th anniversary with original letters, rare journal entries, photographs, posters, costumes, and more.  (Organized by the New-York Historical Society in partnership with the Shapell Manuscript Foundation, and curated by Michael Ryan, vice president and director of the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library, and Cristian Petru Panaite, associate curator of exhibitions)

Buy a copy of The Innocents Abroad from the NYHistory Store today! 

Exhibitions at New-York Historical are made possible by Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang and Oscar Tang, the Saunders Trust for American History, the Seymour Neuman Endowed Fund, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. WNET is the media sponsor.



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