Literary Legacies: An Itinerary in the Pioneer Valley

This literary trail will take you all over the Pioneer Valley, from poetry to picture book art and everywhere in between. You'll explore many wonderful homes, galleries and museums dedicated to the likes of Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain, and Dr. Seuss, just to name a few!

One Day Itinerary:
William Cullen Bryant Homestead - This National Historic Landmark was the estate of America's famed 19th century poet. Guided tours explore two centuries of family life and architectural changes.

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art - Celebrating the art of the picture book including works by Eric Carle (The Very Hungry Caterpillar) and other picture book illustrators. Galleries, art studio, performances, and reading library.

National Yiddish Book Center - World's only museum devoted exclusively to modern Yiddish culture and literature. Performances, films, lectures, concerts, exhibits, galleries, English-language bookstore, and Yiddish book collection.

Emily Dickinson Museum - The Museum consists of two historic houses closely associated with the poet Emily Dickinson and members of her family during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The Homestead was the birthplace and home of the poet Emily Dickinson. The Evergreens, next door, was home to her brother's family. The Museum is dedicated to educating diverse audiences about Emily Dickinson's life, family, creative work, times, and enduring relevance.

Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle and the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden • Visit one of the four museums on the grounds or spend time with Dr. Seuss' beloved life-size bronze characters set outdoors. Visit the Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, the Grinch and his dog Max, Sam-I-Am, Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose, the Lorax and Yertle the Turtle!

Mark Twain House • Visit the 19-room Victorian mansion where Mark Twain lived, wrote and raised a family during the happiest and most productive years of his life.

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