Twain Expert to Celebrate Kent Library’s 75th Anniversary


Kent LibraryCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Aug. 30, 2014 – Henry Sweets, a Mark Twain expert and executive director of the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum in Hannibal, Missouri, will speak at Southeast Missouri State University Sept. 4-5 in celebration of Kent Library’s 75th anniversary.

“Is Mark Twain Relevant Today?” is the topic of Sweets’ presentation scheduled for 7 p.m. Sept. 4 in Sadie’s Place in Kent Library. The program is open to the public and is sponsored by Kent Library in partnership with the Missouri Humanities Council. Refreshments will be served.

In addition, 55 first graders from Jefferson Elementary in Cape Girardeau will visit Kent Library to hear Sweets speak at 10 a.m. Sept. 5 in Sadie’s Place.

“It is Kent Library’s hope to keep introducing continuing generations of students to one of Missouri’s most famous authors,” said Roxanne M. Dunn, Special Collections and Archives librarian.

Southeast is honoring Kent Library with a year-long celebration. The library was dedicated on Nov. 7, 1939, and named after the influential and long-time University librarian, Sadie Kent. Seventy-five years later, Kent Library is a dynamic, evolving destination with a strong commitment to serving the needs of Southeast Missouri State University.

Sweets, the guest speaker, will begin by sharing personal contacts with famous people and average citizens who have shown interest in Twain. After reviewing a brief biography of Twain, Sweets will conclude with an examination of how Twain changed American literature and how he continues to resonate today.

The program also will trace Samuel Clemens’ life and influences that shaped his writing.

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