This exhibit opened on May 1, 2010 at the Angels Camp Museum. The exhibit chronicles the early life of Samuel Clemens as he transformed himself into the legendary writer and humorist Mark Twain. The exhibit attempts to shines a light on how Twain used the story he heard while in Angels Camp in 1865 about an amazing jumping frog and translated it into his famous short story “The Amazing Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.” This story launched his career as a nationally known humorist and writer that eventually made him America’s most famous novelist and humorist of the late Nineteenth and early 20th Centuries.
A special exhibit created in recognition of this world famous author whose stories have given Angels Camp a unique and lasting identity. This exhibit has been developed in cooperation with the distinguished Mark Twain Boyhood Museum, Hannibal Missouri, the U.C. Berkeley Bancroft Library, and leading Mark Twain scholar, Dr. Gregg Camfield at U.C. Merced.