Community Outreach Programs

Looking for a fun, informative event for your library, book club or historical society?

The Mark Twain House & Museum can bring you five distinctive, entertaining and interactive presentations on Mark Twain’s life, work and interests. If you are looking for a program on literature, history, sports and culture and/or social justice, we can provide a 60-minute presentation that is sure to delight and educate. Book your program today by calling our Educational Program Manager:

Craig Hotchkiss
call 860-280-3146 or email


Outreach Programs

NEW FOR 2010!
The Adventures of Tom and Huck – A Boy Comes of Age

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885) are two “boys’ books” that helped to make Twain rich and famous, but they are radically different in both substance and tone.

The audience will have an opportunity to learn what motivated Mark Twain to write a sequel composed of two such distinct stories, and to see how both the joy and tragedy of Samuel Clemens’ own maturation as a businessman, husband, father and writer spurred him to pen perhaps his two most popular books.

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: An American Story

This presentation reaffirms the importance of Mark Twain’s masterpiece by placing it within the context of the larger history of race relations in America from slavery to the modern Civil Rights Movement. It also demonstrates how the book continues to be a catalyst for positive social change.

Mark Twain in Hartford, 1871 - 1891

Audiences explore how a “Missouri ruffian” like Samuel Clemens who, as a consequence of his having resided in Connecticut’s capital city for twenty years, was transformed into the “Hartford luminary” known as “Mark Twain.” Clemens once said of Hartford that “I think this is the best-built and handsomest town I have ever seen,” and this judgment had a great deal to do with why he and his family settled here in a remarkable house located on Farmington Avenue in the fashionable Hartford neighborhood of Nook Farm. If time permits, a 20 minute DVD can also be viewed to see how this home, which the Clemens’ left in 1891, was saved from demolition and eventually became The Mark Twain House & Museum we all treasure today.

“Base Ball” as Mark Twain Knew It

Mark Twain once said that baseball was “the very symbol of the raging, tearing, booming nineteenth century,” a very apt description of the national pastime during the Gilded Age which echoes his lifelong interest in the struggle of America to achieve a “more perfect union” with regard to ethnicity, race, gender, class and the use of American power abroad. As an owner of Hartford’s own minor league baseball club, Twain was aware of how the “national game” mirrored the best and the worst traits of our national character, developing these themes most comprehensively in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.

Stowe & Twain: Effecting Social Change

During this program, representatives from both the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center and Mark Twain House and Museum will place Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in proper historical context to enhance understanding for how these books had such a profound influence on race relations in the United States over the past 150 years, and why they continue to have relevance to our cross-cultural dialog even today.

Book your program today!

To reserve a Mark Twain House & Museum educational program, call Educational Program Director Craig Hotchkiss at (860) 280-3146. These 60-minute programs can be scheduled on a mutually agreeable date and are generally available year-round during the day or early evening.


  Programs Pricing
Adventures of Tom and Huck – A Boy Comes to Age
$150 (plus mileage)
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
$150 (plus mileage)
Twain in Hartford
$150 (plus mileage)
“Base Ball” as Mark Twain Knew It
$150 (plus mileage)
Stowe & Twain: Effecting Social Change
$200 (plus mileage)

* mileage is calculated at $0.55 per mile, round-trip.

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