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As you may have heard, my server crashed so I was forced to rebuild my website. My old website focused on content not esthetics (some would say "it was ugly, Ken!"). So I took this opportunity to redesign the entire website. Bear with me as I migrate material over to the new format.
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Enjoy, Ken 15-Sep-2016
During the 1976 Bicentennial celebration, the Village of Cambridge submitted a nomination form to the National Register of Historic Places. The appplication was accepted on 15-Nov-1978 as Referennce Number 78001922.
In general the district consists of properties facing on Main Street and South Union Street, plus a few properties on South Park, St. Luke's Place, and First Street
Lecture series were a major form of entertainment in the late 1800s. The photo shows Ackley Hall on the south side of West Main Street where Samuel L. Clemens (better known by his pen name, Mark Twain) lectured on 13-Jan-1870 at the age of 34.
Below is a recount of his visit based on the letters he wrote to his fiancé, Olivia (Livy) Langdon. The letters were published by the Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley. All letters to Livy are signed “Sam’ while letters to others are signed “Mark”.
The following letter was written on 14-Jan1870 from Troy, the next stop on his lecture tour. I have interjected comments from footnotes and from our local history files using the markings “[ed:]”