If you can be in Hartford, Connecticut Thursday night, please show your support for Youth Journalism International and come to a special movie screening at the Mark Twain House.
Youth Journalism International is an educational non-profit organization with a great partner in the Mark Twain House & Museum, a national treasure devoted to Twain, one of America’s best loved authors and journalists.
The museum is generously hosting the Connecticut premiere of Linotype: The Film in its wonderful auditorium, and is sharing proceeds with YJI.
Now we need your help to pack the theater!
Linotype: The Film, will be shown Thursday, July 26 at 7 p.m. in the museum’s plush, air-conditioned theater at 351 Farmington Ave., Hartford.
It’s is a fascinating, feature-length documentary – filmed in part at the Mark Twain House – and centers on the linotype machine used by printers for generations. It was an early rival of Mark Twain’s Paige Compositor, the machine that Twain believed would make him rich, but instead led to his financial ruin.
According to the film's website, Linotype tells the charming and emotional story of the people connected to the Linotype and how it impacted the world.
Admission is by donation, to benefit Youth Journalism International and the Mark Twain House & Museum.
A special guest at the screening will be Carl Schlesinger, a retired New York Times linotype operator, expert on the machine and founder of a printing school in Kenya. He’s not only featured in the film, but also shown tap dancing.
Carl’s granddaughter, Natalie Minor, is a Youth Journalism International alum who works at Facebook now. She’ll be on hand to help introduce the film with Carl.
Please come to support YJI, meet Carl and celebrate printing!
Have a sweet tooth? Come early for the annual Twain House ice cream social from 5-7 p.m., which offers a wonderful array of free sweet treats from local dairies. During the ice cream social, first floor tours of the historic home are available for a discount rate of $5, so if you’ve not explored this magnificent home, it’s a great opportunity for that, too.