Friends of the Mark Twain House & Museum

The Friends' mission is to support the preservation of The Mark Twain House through the development and sponsorship of fundraising events. We are dedicated to promoting and sharing all aspects of this American treasure.

History of The Friends:
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, cataloging 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. This year's Holiday House Tour will be held on Sunday, December 4th. Click here for details. 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.


Friends’ Fall Membership Meeting - October 18, 2016 - 6:00 PM Refreshments, 6:30 PM Meeting- At the Mark Twain Museum Center in the Lincoln Financial Auditorium.

Sara Bronin is our guest speaker

Sara Bronin is a Professor of Law at UConn Law School.  She is the faculty director for the UConn Center for Energy and Environmental Law and has authored and co-authored over a dozen articles and several books, including two books on historic preservation law and a zoning law treatise. Among other public service positions, Sara chairs Hartford’s Planning& Zoning Commission, serves as vice chair of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, and also serves as a committee chair of the Connecticut Fund for the Environment.

Also a licensed architect, Sara won the CT Trust for Historic Preservation Award of Merit, the Alice Washburn Award of the AIA CT and Hartford Preservation Alliance Preservation Awards for her design and rehabilitation of her family’s Civil War-era brownstone in downtown Hartford.  The American Institute of Architects praised the renovation for “Blending styles and for bringing the traditional into the present.”  The 2013 Holiday House Tour included her home.

Sara will talk about historic preservation in Hartford which will include her home


Friends Meeting - November 19, 2016 at Theater Works. Lunch and a matinee performance of Relativity by Mark St. Germain.

Please consider joining the Friends!  For more information, contact us at friendsmth@yahoo.comTo become a member, simply print this application and mail it with your check to the address on the form. Thank you! 


Officers 2016 – 2017

PresidentKaren Licht
Vice PresidentCarolyn D. Vallieres
Recording SecretaryJoDee Krejmas
Corresponding SecretaryBarbara Zyla
TreasurerAnnette Bolt



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