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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

March 19, 2010

Mark Twain performer coming to Maryville

George Frein

MARYVILLE, Mo.- Mark Twain will visit Maryville next month in the form of a living history presenter to commemorate the centennial of the celebrated writer's passing.

George Frein will visit Maryville as Mark Twain on Monday, April 19 for a presentation at the First United Methodist Church, 102 N. Main St. Seating is limited to 500 people, but the presentation is open to the public, and students are encouraged to attend.

Frein will discuss Twain's life and career and take questions from the audience both in character, using Twain's own recorded comments and writings, and out of character, offering his own insights about Twain.

Frein taught in the Philosophy and Religion Department at the University of North Dakota from 1968 to 1997. He became a performing scholar with the Great Plains Chautauqua Society in 1986, portraying Father De Smet, Henry Adams, Herman Melville and Mark Twain. On retirement he moved to Greenville, S.C., where he helped establish the Greenville/Asheville Chautauqua. There he added John Winthrop, John Adams, Dr. Seuss, John James Audubon and Abraham Lincoln to his cast of characters.

Frein is coming to Maryville as part of the ReadMOre program, an annual statewide reading program inviting readers in the state to engage in a series of shared reading and discussion activities. Each year, ReadMOre selects a single compelling piece of literature and provides readers with opportunities to participate in events related to the book and its author.

The year 2010 marks the 100th anniversary of Twain's death, the 175th anniversary of his birth, and the 125th anniversary of the publication of Tom Sawyer. In honor of the anniversary, ReadMOre selected an anthology of four of Mark Twain's short stories, "The Mysterious Stranger and Other Stories," to celebrate his life and commemorate the centennial of his death. The four stories included in the anthology are: "The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County," "The £1,000,000 Bank-Note," "The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg" and "The Mysterious Stranger."

The ReadMOre program is supported by The Missouri Humanities Council. B.D. Owens Library proudly sponsors and organizes this program in Maryville, in partnership with the Northwest English Department, Maryville Public Library, the Maryville Chapter of the Missouri Writers Association and the Nodaway County Historical Society Museum.

For more information about the Maryville program, contact Connie Ury, library outreach coordinator, at 660.562.1669 or

More information about ReadMOre is available at or

The full schedule of programs by George Frein as Mark Twain for ReadMOre is available at

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468