Friends of the Mark Twain House & Museum

Join Our Active Friends Group!

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 21st anniversary. 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 19-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 Co-Vice Presidents:

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

Officers 2012 – 2013

PresidentLois Anderson
 
Membership Co-ChairsMargah Lips, Chuck Paydos
 
Co-Vice PresidentChuck Paydos & Margah Lips
 
Recording SecretaryJoan Wood
 
Corresponding SecretaryBarbara Zyla
 
TreasurerSally Carrier
 
Program ChairLynne Lumsden
 

Directors 2010 – 2012 (two-year terms)

Donna Fritzer
 
Nancy Ritter
 
Liz Perrin
 

Directors 2012 – 2014 (two-year terms)

Dee Peters
 
Josh Young
 
Stacey Young
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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.