Curatorial Blog Posts

September Newsletter: The Rest of the Stories

Posted on August 27th, 2017

Friends Mark 50 YearsOn September 25, 1967, the late Fran Gordon, a whirlwind transplanted from Texas to Hartford, gathered a group of women together to found the Women's Committee of the Mark Twain Memorial, now the Friends of The Mark Twain Ho...

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"Wheresoever She Was, There Was Eden"

Posted on August 22nd, 2016

Living History Tour Highlight; Fourth of FourThe last tour I was lucky enough to experience was led by the great romance of Sam Clemens’s life: his wife and editor, Olivia “Livy” Langdon Clemens. Beautifully costumed in ornate, peri...

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Listen Up as Lizzie Wills Tells All

Posted on August 15th, 2016

Living History Tour Highlight; Third of FourThe emphasis on the significance of the House to the Clemenses proved to be an important trend throughout all the Living History tours; but this is not to say they are all the same. My next journey through ...

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Nearly a Lifetime with Mark Twain

Posted on August 8th, 2016

Living History Tour Highlight; Second of FourMy week of living history started off under the capable guidance of one Katy Leary, the ever loyal lady’s maid to the Clemens family. Asking to check tickets in a voice accented ever so slightly by h...

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Old Faces Bring New Life to The Mark Twain House & Museum

Posted on August 1st, 2016

Living History Tour Highlight; First of FourThe man who lived at 351 Farmington Avenue between 1874 and 1891 was known to many people as many things. To some “Sam,” to others “Mark,” both “Mr. Clemens” and “M...

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The Man Who Lived in Mark Twain's Bedroom

Posted on May 12th, 2016

The Mark Twain House has gone through many changes since the Clemenses sold their beautiful mansion in 1903. It was purchased by the Bissell family, who updated the house with new elements such as electricity and new flooring. In 1917, the Bissells r...

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