Friends of the Mark Twain House & Museum


The Friends of The Mark Twain House & Museum is the volunteer organization that has supported the museum for more than 50 years.

It began as the Women’s Committee in 1952 when, according to then-President Walter K. Schwinn, the Board of Trustees sought to add to its membership “women with the time for and interest in planning benefits, cataloguing acquisitions and organizing membership campaigns.”

In 1993, the Women’s Committee celebrated its 41st anniversary. At that time, the name was changed to Friends of The Mark Twain Memorial, reflecting a membership that now included men. From 40 initial members, the membership had grown to over 200 diversified members. In 2003, the organization adopted the name Friends of The Mark Twain House & Museum.

Today, the Holiday House Tour is sponsored by Friends of the Mark Twain House & Museum and features Mark Twain’s own 25-room mansion as well as several impressive private homes in the area. Since 1967, this successful event and other fundraising efforts have allowed the Friends to contribute approximately $1,000,000 to the operating funds of The Mark Twain House & Museum.

For more information on membership please contact our Membership Co-Chairpersons:

Chuck Paydos (860) 242-4825
Dee Peters (860) 233-4066

Officers 2014 – 2015

PresidentAnnette Bolt
Membership Co-ChairsDee Peters, Chuck Paydos
Vice PresidentKaren Licht
Recording SecretaryJoDee Krejmas
Corresponding SecretaryBarbara Zyla
TreasurerCarolyn D. Vallieres
Program ChairLynne Lumsden



Version Note:


Content Editor:
If you do not see the editor here, you have not yet installed XStandard to your computer. Before proceeding, please download and install the XStandard plugin (1.88MB).

Make a Donation

Support a true American treasure with your donation today.

Membership Benefits

Our members not only support the mission of The Mark Twain House & Museum but enjoy many benefits.

Event Photo Gallery

Look at all the fun you could be having as a supporter of The Mark Twain House & Museum!

Volunteering & Interning

Join our sterling group of volunteers! The Mark Twain House & Museum also has a wide variety of internships available.