Events & Programs

2014: A Rich Selection of Activities for Young and Old and In Between

Mark Twain loved a good circus, and so do we. So we are proud to present a rich array of events that range from the "Trouble Begins at 5:30" lecture series, to the "Tapping into Twain" Oktoberfest, to the many family activities such as Tom Sawyer Day and the Ice Cream Social, to our spooky Graveyard Shift ghost tours, to our Mark My Words event and other appearances by major authors – and much, much more. So have a look through the year ahead by clicking on the tabs below.

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November


Nook Farm Book Talk - 'The Children in Room E4: American Education on Trial' with Susan Eaton

Wednesday, November 5, 5:00 p.m. Reception/5:30 p.m. Discussion at Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

With our nation's urban schools growing more segregated every year, Susan Eaton set out to see whether separate can ever really be equal. An award-winning journalist, Eaton spent four years at Simpson-Waverly Elementary School, an all-minority school in Hartford, Connecticut. Located in the poorest city in the wealthiest state in the nation, it is a glaring example of the great racial and economic divide found in almost every major urban center across the country.

The Children in Room E4 is the compelling story of one student, one classroom, and one indomitable teacher, Ms. Luddy. In the midst of Band-Aid reforms and hotshot superintendents with empty promises, drug dealers and street gangs, Ms. Luddy's star student, Jeremy, and his fellow classmates face tremendous challenges both inside and outside of a school cut off from mainstream America.

Meanwhile, across town, a team of civil rights lawyers fight an intrepid battle to end the de facto segregation that beleaguers Jeremy's school and hundreds of others across America.

From inside the classroom and the courtroom, Eaton reveals the unsettling truths about an education system that leaves millions of children behind and gives voice to those who strive against overwhelming odds for a better future.

Followed by a book sale and signing.

The event is free, but registration is encouraged at 860-522-9258, Ext. 317.

An Evening with ANNE RICE & CHRISTOPHER RICE

Wednesday, November 5, 7:00 p.m. at the Hartford Stage, 50 Church Street, Hartford.

A hair-raising visit with gothic novelist Anne Rice and her son Christopher Rice, a New York Times-bestselling author in his own right. We celebrate Anne's return to the scene of her greatest success, Interview with a Vampire, with her new novel Prince Lestat. Christopher will also tell us about his new paranormal thriller, The Vines, set in the familiar gothic playground of their family's hometown, New Orleans. Of course, we hope to learn more than a little about their shared bond as writers and family.

Followed by a book sale and signing.

Series sponsored by The Hartford.

 

Tickets:  $35 / $30 for MTH&M Members and Hartford Stage subscribers. 
To order, call (860) 527-5151 or visit HartfordStage.org. A $1.50 facility fee and a $5.00 handling fee wil be added.

BOOK/MARK: Leading Twain Scholar Kent Rasmussen on new editions for Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn

Thursday, November 6, 7:00 p.m.

Never having been out of print, one would think that new editions of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, would not be much of a reason to celebrate However, when R. Kent Rasmussen, Twain scholar extraordinaire, pens insightful new introductions to these two classics, we sit up and take notice!  Join for an evening exploring the best of American literature.

Followed by a book sale and signing.

 

FREE Book/Mark Event. Please call (860) 280-3130 for more information & ticketing or click here.

BECK & CALL The Servants Tour (Directed by HartBeat Ensemble's Steven Raider-Ginsburg)

Friday, November 7, Tours begin at 7:00 p.m.

Help! The servants at Mark Twain's House are expecting a full-on assault of overnight guests. With famous faces coming for an elegant dinner, three guest rooms to prepare and 25 rooms worth of dusting, the hired help may need a helping hand. With BECK & CALL, our fun, new interactive nighttime servants tour of The Mark Twain House, we offer a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to get the Clemens home ship-shape for overnight entertaining. You may even be asked to pitch in! With costumed interpreters appearing throughout the house, fans of "Upstairs/Downtairs"¯ and "Downton Abbey"¯ will love this look at the organized chaos that it took to cook, clean and care for the Clemens Family.

Special Added Attraction: Be among the first to see the 3rd floor Artists Friends Guest Room, reopened for the first time in two decades!

BECK & CALL The Servants Tour - The first Friday of every month, April through September (except for July, which will be on the second Friday of that month)

Beck & Call is supported by the City of Hartford Arts & Heritage Jobs Grant Program, Pedro E. Segarra, Mayor.

$22 for adults with discounts for children and members. Reservations required. For tickets, please call (860) 280-3130 or click here.

The Mark Twain House & Museum 2014 Gala!

Saturday, November 8, 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM

The Hartford Club, 46 Prospect St., Hartford

Step right up and join us for The Mark Twain House & Museum Gala 2014 "“ "The Greatest Gala on Earth"¦An Evening of Sideshows, Spirits, and Sam."¯

The evening will showcase one of the most sensational and extravagant forms of entertainment in the late 19th century: the Circus! Mark Twain often wrote of his intrigue with the Big Top and skepticism of the "greatest show on earth,"¯ especially the sideshows complete with mystics, palm readers, and soothsayers. The circus flourished during the age of Spiritualism, a movement that Sam found just as dubious.

Your admission to the three-ring extravaganza includes spirits and elixirs, a fabulous banquet, unique silent auction luxuries for sale, and spectacular entertainment with never-before-seen marvels in the center.

Sponsors as of 7/30:

BlumShapiro

Deloitte & Touche LLP

Dornenburg / Kallenbach Advertising

Fairview Capital Partners, Inc.

The Hartford

Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection & Insurance Company

MassMutual Financial Group

Purdue Pharma L.P.

Robinson & Cole LLP

Saint Francis Hospital & Medical Center

Shipman & Goodwin LLP

The Travelers Companies, Inc.

Voya Financial™, inspired by ING

Tickets are $225 for purchases before October 17; $250 after that date.

For more information, please contact Sarah Hawkes at sarah.hawkes@marktwainhouse.org, 860.280.3112

Songwriting with Donna Martin: A Saturday Afternoon Writing Workshop

Saturday, November 8, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Although there are many components to songwriting, the focus of this class will be on lyric writing. We will cover meter and form, rhyme schemes, strong starts and development techniques. Skills of clarity, the use of imagery and metaphor will also be included. It will be helpful if students come prepared with several ideas about what they'd like to write about. There will be time to create a lyric and then share it in a caring workshop setting to explore how the work can be further developed. Students will need to bring their own writing materials.

Donna Martin is a performing songwriter who has been touring the Northeast for over two decades and has recorded six cds of original music. She has appeared on stage with many luminaries including Bonnie Raitt, Sarah McLachlan and Charlie Daniels. She receives radio airplay from coast to coast and abroad and her work recently earned her a three month artist residency with the Helen Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos, New Mexico. She has also served on the faculty at the Greater Hartford Academy of The Arts for the last fourteen years where she taught songwriting.

$40. Call: (860) 280-3130 for more information & ticketing. Or, click here for tickets.

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT! Book Launch - "Finding Dad: From "Love Child

Tuesday, November 11, 7:00 p.m., preceded by a 6:30 p.m. reception

Kara Hewes had never seen her father, Rhode Island Governor Bruce Sundlun, until one transformational moment when she awoke in the middle of the night as a TV news anchor announced his candidacy. One look at his picture and she knew she needed to find him.

Her letters and phone calls went unanswered, so at seventeen, Kara hired a lawyer and announced her paternity suit before a packed press conference. In the middle of the media frenzy, Governor Sundlun did the unexpected and invited Kara to come live with him so he could get to know her better.

Kara knew that in order to move forward with her father, she had to make the choice to forgive the past. It was her unconditional love that broke down the barriers separating father and daughter.

Kara Sundlun is an Emmy Award–winning television journalist. She anchors the news for WFSB-TV, the CBS affiliate in Connecticut, and hosts two shows—the popular daytime talk show Better Connecticut and Kara's Cures, a guide to health and spirituality. Kara is also a contributor for theHuffington Post. She was named "Best Reporter" by Hartford Magazine and "Top 40 under 40" fromHartford Business Journal and Connecticut Magazine. She and her husband, fellow news anchor Dennis House, live in Hartford, Connecticut, with their two children.

The event will be preceded by a 6:30 p.m. reception.

This is a free event followed by a book sale and signing. Reservations are required. Call (860) 280-3130 or click here.

The Trouble Begins at 5:30: David E. E. Sloane, "Reflections on Mark Twain and Thomas Edison as American Cultural Icons"

Wednesday, November 12, 5:00 p.m. reception; 5:30 p.m. talk

David Edward Edison Sloane, professor of English at the University of New Haven, is a Connecticut treasure: an internationally recognized Mark Twain scholar who was recently named the first Legacy Scholar by The Mark Twain Journal. He is author of Mark Twain as Literary Comedian, Huckleberry Finn: American Comic Vision and other works -- and is the great-grandson of Thomas A. Edison. 

The Trouble Begins at 5:30 is The Mark Twain House & Museum’s free, popular after-work monthly lecture series on Twainian subjects The series has offered good food and drink, good conversation intriguing Twainian lectures since 2010. It takes its name from Twain's own lecture posters, which were headed "The Trouble Begins at Eight." 

The series is supported by Connecticut Explored magazine, Hot Tomato's restaurant and The Friends of the Mark Twain House & Museum. ASL signing for the lectures is provided courtesy of students of the Interpreting 1 Class in Northwestern Connecticut Community College's Interpreter Preparation Program. 

This is a free event. Reservations are recommended. Please call (860) 280-3130 or click here.

Book/Mark: "Tinseltown" with William Mann

Thursday, November 13, 7:00 p.m.

William Mann is the author of "Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood ". He's previously written Hollywood biographies including Barbara Streisand, Elizabeth Taylor and Katherine Hepburn.

"The Day of the Locust" meets "The Devil in the White City" and "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" in this juicy, untold Hollywood story: an addictive true tale of ambition, scandal, intrigue, murder, and the creation of the modern film industry.

By 1920, the movies had suddenly become America's new favorite pastime, and one of the nation's largest industries. Never before had a medium possessed such power to influence. Yet Hollywood's glittering ascendency was threatened by a string of headline-grabbing tragedies"”including the murder of William Desmond Taylor, the popular president of the Motion Picture Directors Association, a legendary crime that has remained unsolved until now.

In a fiendishly involving narrative, bestselling Hollywood chronicler William J. Mann draws on a rich host of sources, including recently released FBI files, to unpack the story of the enigmatic Taylor and the diverse cast that surrounded him"”including three beautiful, ambitious actresses; a grasping stage mother; a devoted valet; and a gang of two-bit thugs, any of whom might have fired the fatal bullet. And overseeing this entire landscape of intrigue was Adolph Zukor, the brilliant and ruthless founder of Paramount, locked in a struggle for control of the industry and desperate to conceal the truth about the crime. Along the way, Mann brings to life Los Angeles in the Roaring Twenties: a sparkling yet schizophrenic town filled with party girls, drug dealers, religious zealots, newly-minted legends and starlets already past their prime"”a dangerous place where the powerful could still run afoul of the desperate.

A true story recreated with the suspense of a novel, Tinseltown is the work of a storyteller at the peak of his powers"”and the solution to a crime that has stumped detectives and historians for nearly a century.

Followed by a book sale and signing.

This is a free event, but reservations are suggested. Please call (860) 280-3130 or click here.

Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours

Friday, November 14, 6:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.

We reprise our popular Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours for spooky fall fun. The Mark Twain House has been featured on Syfy Channel's Ghost Hunters and the Biography Channel's My Ghost Story.

On these tours participants will hear about these investigations -- and learn about Mark Twain's own interest in the supernatural.

Filled with haunted history, dark tales and Victorian traditions surrounding seances and spiritualism, these nighttime tours are as educational as they are goosebump-inducing.

They sell out fast, so be sure to call soon to make your reservations!

The tours are tsponsored by Tsunami Tsolutions.

$22 with discounts available for members and children. Please call (860) 280-3130 for more information & ticketing or click here.

THE CONNECTICUT POETRY FESTIVAL sponsored by Riverwood Poetry Series

Saturday, November 15, Workshops from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. High Performance Poetry from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

The Riverwood Poetry Series, Inc. is a non-profit arts organization committed to the promotion and appreciation of entertaining and thought-provoking poetry in Connecticut.   Our monthly spoken word series takes place at the historic Asylum Hill Congregational Church in Hartford from September through May.    The Connecticut Poetry Festival is held biennially.

11/15/2014, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. “Write Away,” an afternoon of four 50 minute poetry-writing workshops led by Yvon Cormier, Donna Marie Merritt, Lisa C. Taylor, and Elizabeth Thomas.

11/15/2014, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. “High-Performance Poetry,” featuring the electrifying Patricia Smith and Connecticut’s own Elizabeth Thomas.  Suggested donation $10.

For more information go to http://riverwoodpoetry.org/ct-poetry-festival/

Writing in Mark Twain's Library

Sunday, November 16, 8:30 am to 11:00 am

"To get the right word in the right place is a rare achievement. To condense the diffused light of a page of thought into the luminous flash of a single sentence, is worthy to rank as a prize composition just by itself...Anybody can have ideas--the difficulty is to express them without squandering a quire of paper on an idea that ought to be reduced to one glittering paragraph." "“ Mark Twain

Sometimes, what we need to write our great novel, or even just a good page, is just a little peace and quiet. Throw in some inspiration from Hartford's favorite author and we'd call that a successful morning. That's why we're introducing a new series called "Writing in Mark Twain's Library."¯ Sign up for a Sunday morning writing session in the Clemens family home: you and a maximum of fifteen other people will have the house to yourselves. Feel inspired by the beautiful sounds of the fountain in the family conservatory; rest your eyes upon Twain's bookshelves as you ponder your next word. You'll spend three hours of quiet in the historic library of our very own Sam Clemens. No doubt you'll begin your own masterpiece.

$50 for two and a half quiet hours in Twain's library. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. (860) 280-3130.

Nook Farm Author Talk: "Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights" by Katha Pollitt

Wednesday, November 19, 7:30 p.m.

The Mark Twain House & Musuem and the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center present authors on works that may be considered controversial, in the spirit of fostering open and civil dialogue.

Katha Pollitt is a longtime columnist for The Nation.

Forty years after the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling, “abortion” is still a word that is said with outright hostility by many, despite the fact that one in three American women will have terminated at least one pregnancy by menopause. Even those who support a woman’s right to an abortion often qualify their support by saying abortion is a “bad thing,” an “agonizing decision,” making the medical procedure so remote and radioactive that it takes it out of the world of the everyday, turning an act that is normal and necessary into something shameful and secretive. Meanwhile, with each passing day, the rights upheld by the Supreme Court are being systematically eroded by state laws designed to end abortion outright.

In this urgent, controversial book, Katha Pollitt reframes abortion as a common part of a woman’s reproductive life, one that should be accepted as a moral right with positive social implications. In Pro, Pollitt takes on the personhood argument, andreaffirms the priority of a woman’s life and health. It is time, Pollitt argues, that we reclaim the lives and the rights of women and mothers.

Nook Farm Author Talks are presented in partnership with the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center.

This is a free event. Reservations are recommended. Please call (860) 280-3130 or click here.

The MOuTH with Chion Wolf: "I Quit!"

Friday, November 21, 7:30 p.m.

The Mark Twain House & Museum continues "The MOuTH," a storytelling series with WNPR personality Chion Wolf -- and invites stories about quitting---your job, a relationship, smoking, and more.

The event is in no way a competition, just storytelling in front of friends in a museum dedicated to Mark Twain, one of our country's best storytellers.

Special guest will be Joey DeFrancesco, a Providence, RI hotel worker fed up with poor working conditions who quit his job on video with the help of his brass band, the What Cheer? Brigade.  Less than a week later, the video had over 1 million hits on YouTube and had been watched all over the world. In the United States, it was featured on popular news sites like the Huffington Post, AOL.com, and Yahoo.com, and on major news networks including ABC, NBC, FoxNews, and CNN.


Submissions are now open. Here's how it works: Email HartfordMouth@gmail.com with your name, approximate story length of LESS THAN 10 MINUTES (note - it usually takes longer to tell your story than you think! Tell it a few times to friends, refine it, and time it!), and a short description of what your story is about.

Wolf, along with Julia Pistell and Jacques Lamarre of the Mark Twain House, will look over the submissions and assemble a lineup. "If you don't get on the list, don't take it personally!" says Wolf. "It's our loss, and hopefully we can hear from you at a future 'Mouth' event."

There will also be a "Wild Card": Those wanting to tell a short story can put their names in a hat when they arrive, and at some point, a name will be picked. Audio of the event will be recorded.

Chion Wolf, a noted photographer and voice performer, joined Colin McEnroe and producer Patrick Skahill to complete the trifecta that has become The Colin McEnroe Show on WNPR as the show's announcer and sometimes-sidekick. She can be heard during station breaks many days of the week.

$5.00 (Storytellers chosen for the lineup get in free.) Call (860) 280-3130 or click here.

THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS CAROL - The Holiday Ghost Tour of The Mark Twain House; Celebrating Hartford Stage’s "A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas"

Friday, November 21, and Saturday, November 22; tours from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Hartford’s most popular ghost tour joins with the city’s #1 holiday spectacular for a very special and spooky experience!  Charles Dickens’ classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge is, at heart, a ghost story.  Michael Wilson’s adaptation of A Christmas Carol features a dizzying array of the undead that will augment The Mark Twain House’s Graveyard Shift Ghost Tour with a sinister holiday twist.  Dickens, Twain and Christmas – the perfect combination for some surprising winter chills!

Tsponsored by Tsunami Tsolutions, Greater Hartford Arts Council, and Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of Tourism.

 

$22; $17 for MTH&M members and Hartford Stage Subscribers.

Reservations required:  Please call (860) 280-3130 or click here.

The Mark Twain House & Museum Offers Free Admission to Hartford Residents, Courtesy of The Hartford

Saturday, November 22, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Thanks to The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc., we are offering free tours to our valued neighbors -- the residents of the city of Hartford -- on two days: Saturday, November 22 (the house will be decorated for the holidays), and Monday, January 19 (the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday).

Bring along proof of residency, and take that long-planned tour of Mark Twain's House! The House and museum are open 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; the last tour is at 4:30 p.m..

Free for Hartford residents!

New England Premier Screening of "Holbrook/Twain: An American Odyssey"

Sunday, November 30, 2:00 p.m. at Real Art Ways, 56 Arbor Street, Hartford

On Mark Twain's birthday, come out to Real Art Ways for the New England Premier of the new documentary "Holbrook/Twain: An American Odyssey."

**POST-FILM DISCUSSION**
Director Scott Teems will join us after the film, in conversation with Dr. Cindy Lovell, Executive Director of The Mark Twain House & Museum.

Celebrated actor Hal Holbrook has carved out a prolific career in film, television and theater, but one role, which he has played since 1954, has become indelibly associated with him: Mark Twain.

For 60 years, Holbrook has been touring with his award-winning one-man show, "Mark Twain Tonight!," in which he portrays the renowned American writer and satirist before sold-out crowds. Doling out Twain's priceless and still relevant morsels of wit and wisdom, Holbrook has performed the show in all 50 states, internationally, on television, Broadway and behind the Iron Curtain.

Filmmaker Scott Teems takes us behind the scenes with Holbrook for an intimate peek at Twain's continuing influence on our culture and the dedicated actor who brings him to life.

Directed by Scott Teems

(In English, 95 minutes)

Presented in partnership with Real Art Ways.

Sponsored by The Saunders Foundation.

 

Admission is $11/$8 for members. For tickets, please visit Real Art Way's website here.

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December


Herstory Theater & The Mark Twain House & Museum present IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A Live Radio Play

Saturday, December 6, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

This event will take place at Asylum Hill Congregational Church, 814 Asylum Avenue, Hartford, CT.

George Bailey, Zuzu, Clarence the Angel, and grumpy old Mr. Potter are turning Hartford into Bedford Falls this year! Come relive the story of a man who gets to see what life would have been like if he had never been born. (And there's even a Twain connection--when Clarence is pulled out of the water, he dries off his copy of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer!)

When the film It's A Wonderful Life was released in 1946, it was not an immediate popular or financial success. However, it's reputation grew over the years, and a clerical error resulting in the loss of its copyright protection resulted in it being shown widely during the Christmas season every year. It has become a phenomenon, and many don't feel that their holiday season is complete without watching it.

Now, there's a very unique opportunity to revisit this wonderful story--in a fun, live radio-show performance, complete with a foley (sound effects) artist! If you liked our "Dracula" program last month, you'll love this!

The play is written by Joe Landry and is directed by Virginia Wolf.

The Connecticut cast and crew include: Bill Arnold of East Windsor, Steve O’Brien and Joe Sacala of Simsbury, Chris Berrien of East Granby, Kathryn Lewis (stage manager) of Wethersfield,  Jomarie Pipolo of West Hartford, Ian Galligan (foley artist) of Meriden, and Virginia Wolf of Farmington.

The performance is 90 minutes, and there is no intermission.

Saturday, December 6 - TWO SHOWS! 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

$10; For tickets: call (860) 280-3130 or click here.

The Friends of The Mark Twain House & Museum 34th Annual Holiday House Tour

Sunday, December 7, 11:00 a.m - 4:00 p.m.

This is the famed-in-Connecticut weekend holiday tradition when people flock to the Mark Twain House, and to five distinctive area homes, for The Friends of The Mark Twain House & Museum Holiday House Tour.

The tour will feature Mark Twain's 19-room home and The Hartford Club, where Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) was a member.

Several historic homes will be opened for viewing for the 34rd year of this event. Each will be decorated for the holidays and will feature live music and floral arrangements. The Twain mansion will be decorated for a 19th-century Christmas with the Samuel Clemens family.

The tour takes about three hours and requires some driving, but all the houses are not far from one another.

Proceeds from the tour will benefit the continued restoration, preservation, and education programs of The Mark Twain House & Museum, which is a National Historic Landmark.

Please visit our dedicated Holiday House Tour website here for complete details about the afternoon.

Watch a video about the tour here.

Our sponsors include:

Viking Oil Company
Hooker & Holcombe, Inc.
Aaron & Sandra Gersten
Pamela Dowling & James Healey, Jr.
Sponsorship in memory of Brent Wells
Sponsorship in memory of Fran Gordon, First President of the Friends

Catering contributions: Dawn Bauer, Russell's Creative Global Cuisine, and Mozzicato DePasquale Bakery & Pastry Shop

The Friends of The Mark Twain House & Museum is a volunteer organization that has supported the museum for more than 50 years. Proceeds from the tour will benefit the continued restoration, preservation, and education programs of The Mark Twain House & Museum, which is a National Historic Landmark.

Tickets: $30 in advance. Call (860) 280-3130 or click here. Tickets will be $35 each on the day of the tour, Sunday, December 7, and can be purchased at The Mark Twain House & Museum. Tickets purchased after 12/1 should be picked up at The Mark Twain Museum Center only.

Tickets can also be purchased at:

Bella Flora (Rocky Hill) (860) 563-6633
Crandall and Daughter (South Windsor) (860) 648-0014
Designed to Order (Manchester) (860) 432-9015
De Vars-Phillips Florist & Antiques (Hartford) (860) 523-1235
Emmy Lou's, Ltd. (Glastonbury) (860) 633-9565
Flower Box (Wethersfield) (860) 529-6843
Fringe Hair Works (West Hartford) (860) 236-3746
Gledhill Nursery (West Hartford) (860) 233-5692
Haworth Flower Shop & Greenhouses (Farmington) (860) 677-1684
Horan's Flower Shop (Simsbury) (860) 651-8554
Labrazel Home (West Hartford) (860) 232-6300
Le Petite France (West Hartford) (860) 231-9255
Moscarillo's Garden Shoppe (West Hartford) (860) 236-5487
Nelson Salon and Spa (West Hartford) (860) 570-1400
Riverside Nursery & Garden Center (Canton) (860) 693-2285 

MARK STEYN & SCOTT SIMON HAS BEEN CANCELLED. Refunds will be issued. Our apologies!

Monday, December 8,

This event has been cancelled. Refunds will be issued. Please call (860) 280-3130.

The Trouble Begins at 5:30: Elisabeth Petry on "'Can Anything Beat White?' A Black Family's Letters."

Wednesday, December 10, 5:00 p.m. reception; 5:30 p.m. talk

Author and journalist Elisabeth Petry discovered old letters and photos in a tin ice cream-cone box that recounted the lives of her African American family in Hartford and Old Saybrook from Twain's era until the early 20th century. Her great-great grandfather was coachman to a prominent Hartford businessman and politician, and her great-grandmother collected the Clemens family's autographs -- and remembered seeing Clemens and his butler George Griffin, a family friend, walking down a Hartford street all dressed in white. Petry's book -- Can Anything Beat White? -- recounts her discoveries and her family's saga. 

The Trouble Begins at 5:30 is The Mark Twain House & Museum’s free, popular after-work monthly lecture series on Twainian subjects The series has offered good food and drink, good conversation intriguing Twainian lectures since 2010. It takes its name from Twain's own lecture posters, which were headed "The Trouble Begins at Eight." 

The series is supported by Connecticut Explored magazine, Hot Tomato's restaurant and The Friends of the Mark Twain House & Museum. ASL signing for the lectures is provided courtesy of students of the Interpreting 1 Class in Northwestern Connecticut Community College's Interpreter Preparation Program. 

This is a free event. Reservations are recommended. Please call (860) 280-3130 or click here.

Jacqueline Schwab Holiday Concert in the Mark Twain House Drawing Room

Wednesday, December 10, 7:00 p.m.

The Mark Twain House & Museum presents Jacqueline Schwab, pianist on the Ken Burns "Mark Twain" documentary, performing an intimate holiday concert in drawing room of The Mark Twain House. 

Pianist Jacqueline Schwab, heard on Ken Burns' PBS documentary Mark Twain (and his Civil War, Baseball, National Parks, The War, and others) will share her reflective and lilting solo piano arrangements of vintage American holiday and other music--tunes that been heard in Twain's parlor: 19th-century American standards (such as We Three Kings and It Came Upon the Midnight Clear), Appalachian carols, and sea island spirituals, along with Civil War and Stephen Foster parlor tunes, Victorian dance hall music, Scots and Irish airs and dance tunes brought over by settlers, and ragtime. Schwab has performed at the White House (for President Clinton), and, with Scottish singer Jean Redpath, on the Late Show with David Letterman and A Prairie Home Companion. Her signature arrangements of American "heart songs" and dance tunes reflect the community style of music making in Twain's Day but also draw on sounds of today's traditional music world. Come warm your hearts, tap your toes, and perhaps even join in singing!

Seating for this very special event will be extremely limited.  

Sponsored by Falcetti Music.

Tickets are $30 / $25 for Mark Twain House & Museum Members.  For tickets, please call (860) 280-3130 or click here.

Marlon James discusses "A Brief History of Seven Killings"

Friday, December 12, 7:00 p.m.

This event is presented in conjunction with the City of Hartford and Real Art Ways.

Author Marlon James will discuss his new novel A Brief History of Seven Killings which has just been published to universal acclaim. 

The New York Times says:

"How to describe Marlon James’s monumental new novel “A Brief History of Seven Killings”?

It’s like a Tarantino remake of “The Harder They Come” but with a soundtrack by Bob Marley and a script by Oliver Stone and William Faulkner, with maybe a little creative boost from some primo ganja. It’s epic in every sense of that word: sweeping, mythic, over-the-top, colossal and dizzyingly complex. It’s also raw, dense, violent, scalding, darkly comic, exhilarating and exhausting — a testament to Mr. James’s vaulting ambition and prodigious talent.

 “Brief History” uses the story of the 1976 assassination attempt on Marley as a kind of trampoline, bouncing off that terrible event into a multilayered, choral inquiry into Jamaican politics and poverty, into race and class, and into the volatile relationship between the United States and the Caribbean. Spanning several decades, the novel attempts to trace connections between the gang wars in the Kingston ghettos, C.I.A. efforts to destabilize a left-wing Jamaican government in the 1970s and even the crack epidemic in America in the 1980s."

About Marlon James

Marlon James is a Jamaican novelist, who has been teaching English and creative writing at Macalester College since 2007. He is the author of The Book of Night Women (2010), a novel about a slave woman's revolt in a Jamaican plantation in the early 19th century. This work won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and the Minnesota Book Award, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction. His earlier novel, John Crow’s Devil (2005), was also a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

His third novel, A Brief History of Seven Killings, has just been published. James is a graduate of the University of the West Indies where he earned a degree in Literature (1991). Subsequently, he did his Master's in Creative Writing from Wilkes University (2006).

Followed by a book sale & signing.

 

This is a free event. Reservations are recommended. Please call (860) 280-3130 or click here.

Christmas CLUE Tours!

Friday, December 12, Tours step off every 15 minutes beginning at 7 p.m. Reservations required.

Who killed that varmint Pap Finn??? Any why during the holidays??? Play our live-action version of the classic game CLUE in the Mark Twain House. Was it Becky Thatcher with the revolver in the Conservatory? The Prince (or was it the Pauper?) with the knife in the library? This hour long tour features SEA TEA IMPROV as Twain's beloved characters/suspects and all the murder, mayhem and merriment one would expect from Sam Clemens!

Featured on the Travel Channel show "Wackiest Tours!"¯

ONE NIGHT ONLY! Tours step off every 15 minutes. Reservations required.

$22 with discounts available for members and children. Please call (860) 280-3130 for more information & ticketing or click here.

Editing Boot Camp with Steve Courtney: A Writing Workshop

Saturday, December 13, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The editor is the writers' silent partner, whose work is crucial to getting the message out. Steve Courtney, author and editor of both non-fiction books and magazine pieces, will pass along the basics of the several different kinds of editing that make a narrative clearer and sharper -- and then spruce up details of style to ensure a professional touch to a writer's work. The editor's task can be a delicate one, requiring a mixture of diplomacy and toughness. Toughness is required, above all, to convince writers to delete their own most-loved passages, to "murder your darlings" as Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch advised in 1914.

 

Please contact Julia.Pistell@MarkTwainHouse.org.

Jan

January


"Eugene O'Neill - A Life in 4 Acts" with author Robert Dowling

Tuesday, January 13, 7:00 p.m.

The Mark Twain House & Museum presents an evening with author Robert M. Dowling discussing his just-published new biography Eugene O'Neill: A Life in Four Acts.

This free Book/Mark event takes place at The Mark Twain House Museum Center .

This is a major new biography of the Nobel Prize-Winning playwright whose brilliantly original plays revolutionized American theater.

"Dowling has written the single most complete and up-to-date account of O'Neill's life that we have....To call his scholarship 'sound' is vastly to understate it; his accomplishment in marshalling all this disparate and often obscure material into a well-organized and highly readable account is nothing less than astonishing."-Jackson R. Bryer, co-editor of Selected Letters of Eugene O'Neill.

Robert M. Dowling is professor of English at Central Connecticut State University. He is the author of Slumming in New York: From the Waterfront to Mythic Harlem (2007) and author and editor of the two-volume Critical Companion to Eugene O'Neill: A Literary Reference to His Life and Work (2009). His latest projects include a folio for the online journal Drunken BoatCeltic Twilight: 21st-Century Irish Americans on Eugene O'Neill (2010); an anthology, Eugene O'Neill and His Contemporaries: Bohemians, Radicals, Progressives, and the Avant Garde (2011), co-edited with Eileen Herrmann; and a compendium of O'Neill's opening night reviews, co-edited with Jackson R. Bryer, published by Cambridge University Press. His biography, Eugene O'Neill: A Life in Four Acts, is published by Yale University Press (2014). Dowling serves on the editorial board of The Eugene O'Neill Review and the board of directors of the Eugene O'Neill Society. 

Eugene O'Neill was an Irish American playwright and Nobel laureate in Literature. His poetically titled plays were among the first to introduce into American drama techniques of realism earlier associated with Russian playwright Anton Chekhov, Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen, and Swedish playwright August Strindberg. His plays were among the first to include speeches in American vernacular and involve characters on the fringes of society, where they struggle to maintain their hopes and aspirations, but ultimately slide into disillusionment and despair. His masterpiece, Long Day's Journey into Night, is at the apex of a long string of great plays, including Beyond the Horizon, Anna Christie, Strange Interlude, and The Iceman Cometh.

 

This is a free BOOK/MARK event, and is followed by a book sale and signing. Reservations are recommended. Please call (860) 280-3130 or click here.

The Mark Twain House & Museum Offers Free Admission to Hartford Residents, Courtesy of The Hartford

Monday, January 19, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Thanks to The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc., we are offering free tours to our valued neighbors -- the residents of the city of Hartford -- on Monday, January 19 (the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday).

Bring along proof of residency, and take that long-planned tour of Mark Twain's House! The House and museum are open 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; the last tour is at 4:30 p.m..

Free for Hartford residents!

"The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America" by Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld

Thursday, January 29, 7:00 p.m.

Publishers Weekly says:
“In their provocative new book, Chua (Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother) and Rubenfeld (The Interpretation of Murder)—Yale Law professors and spouses—show why certain groups in the U.S. perform better than others. According to the authors, three traits breed success: a superiority complex, insecurity, and impulse control. Only when this ‘Triple Package’ comes together does it ‘generate drive, grit, and systematic disproportionate group success.’ Supported by statistics and original research….This comprehensive, lucid sociological study balances its findings with a probing look at the downsides of the triple package—the burden of carrying a family’s expectations, and deep insecurities that come at a psychological price.”

This is a free event. Reservations are recommended. Please call (860) 280-3130 or click here.

Feb

February


An Evening with Writer, Actor and Director B.J. Novak

Thursday, February 12, 7:00 p.m. at the Auditorium at Aetna

B.J. Novak is an all-around renaissance man--an actor, stand-up comedian, screenwriter, author, and director. He is most widely known for being a writer and co-executive producer of the beloved TV series The Office, in which he also starred.

The Mark Twain House & Museum is pleased to announce that B.J. is coming to Hartford to do a benefit evening for the museum.  This exciting event will take place on Thursday, February 12, at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium at Aetna in Hartford.  B.J. will be talking his life, career, and about his recently published book One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories, which includes the short story "The Ghost of Mark Twain."  The event will be followed by a book sale and signing.

About B.J. Novak

B.J. Novak is a writer and actor widely known for his work on the acclaimed comedy series The Office as an actor, writer, and executive producer. He is also known for his performances as a standup comedian and for his roles in films such as Inglourious Basterds and Saving Mr. Banks. His writing has been published in The New Yorker, Playboy, Zoetrope, and other publications. In February of this year, a book of 22 stories, One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories, was published and spent 6 weeks on the New York Times Bestsellers List.  He also signed a deal with Penguin's children's books label and wrote the title The Book With No Pictures, which was released in September of this year and also made the New York Times Bestsellers List.

Author series generously supported by The Hartford.

Tickets

Tickets make a great holiday gift!  Prices are $30 ($25 for Mark Twain House Members). They will go on sale to the general public on Friday, December 19, with prior sale days for Mark Twain House Members starting on Wednesday, December 17.  Non-members can get in on the early ticketing by becoming a member at The Twain House Membership webpage, or by calling (860) 280-3112. To purchase tickets when they are on sale, please call (860) 280-3130 or click hereAll proceeds go to The Mark Twain House & Museum and its mission to preserve the home and legacy of Mark Twain.

Directions and Parking

The event takes place in the auditorium at Aetna. Aetna's street address is 151 Farmington Avenue, but the Aetna parking garage is accessed from a roadway/driveway (1 Aetna Way) off of Sigourney Street between Farmington Avenue and I-84.  Directions can be found here. There is no charge for parking for this event.

Hal Holbrook in "Mark Twain Tonight": The 90th Birthday Performance

Tuesday, February 17, 7:30 p.m.

One American legend salutes another!  Having first donned Samuel Clemens' infamous white suit in 1954, Hal Holbrook's humorous and affecting portrayal of Mark Twain has charmed audiences for six decades.  The Tony and Emmy Award winner and Academy Award nominee returns to the city that Twain called home for twenty years to mark an unforgettable occasion -- Mr. Holbrook's 90th birthday! This special event benefits "the loveliest home that ever was," The Mark Twain House.

With the iconic Bushnell Mortensen Hall's striking art-deco interior serving as the backdrop for this unforgettable night, audiences will laugh, learn and be inspired by Hal Holbrook's classic Mark Twain performance.  This exciting event takes place on Tuesday, February 17 at 7:30 p.m.

 

Tickets

To make this benefit event as affordable as possible to all Hal Holbrook fans, there is an array of ticket price options. The VIP Package at $125 includes Premium Orchestra Seating, and a private dessert reception after the show with Hal Holbrook.  Orchestra & Box seats are $75, Mezzanine seats are $40-$55, and Balcony seats are $25-$40.  Tickets can be purchased online at www.Bushnell.org or by phone at (860) 987-5900 All proceeds go to the Mark Twain House & Museum and its mission to preserve the home and legacy of Mark Twain.

“The Color of Justice” Documentary and Discussion

Thursday, February 19, Reception at 5:00 p.m., Program from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

This event will provide a forum to view and discuss the Connecticut Public Television documentary, The Color of Justice which examines how minority children enter Connecticut’s juvenile justice system at a higher rate than their white peers and are treated more harshly there. Research shows that these differences aren’t because of how kids behave, but because of the decisions that adults make.  The program will focus on understanding the issue and on finding concrete ways that citizens can act to promote equality for all Connecticut youth.  Participants will gain a better understanding of race and juvenile justice and its connection to implicit bias, student arrests and the opportunity gap. Tools for further action will be provided, giving individuals examples of how they can get involved to help create positive change such as: letter templates, reading lists and racism training.

Speakers include Lara Herscovitch, Deputy Director, Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance, Michaelangelo Palmieri, Probation Supervisor, Middlesex County Superior Court for Juvenile Matters, and Cathy Jackman, Producer/Writer of The Color of Justice.

This program is presented in conjunction with the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center and the Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance.

This is a free event. Reservations are recommended. Please call (860) 280-3130 or click here.

Nook Farm Author Talk -- "Houses of Civil War America: The Homes of Robert E. Lee, Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, Clara Barton, and Others Who Shaped the Era" with author Hugh Howard

Wednesday, February 25, 7:00 p.m. at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

A revealing historical and photographic tour of the homes of influential Civil War figures, including Robert E. Lee, Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, Clara Barton, Stonewall Jackson, and others.


Timed to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and a fitting sequel to Houses of the Presidents, HOUSES OF CIVIL WAR AMERICA takes readers into the daily lives of the most important historical figures in the nation-defining conflict. From modest abolitionist homes to the plantations of the antebellum south. Howard and Straus bring the most intimate moments of the war to life. With insightful narrative and gorgeous photography, HOUSES OF CIVIL WAR AMERICA demonstrates--through these landmark homes--the nation we were and the nation we became.

Presented with the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center.

Followed by a book sale and signing. Hugh Howard is a member of the Mark Twain House Board of Directors.

This is a free event. Reservations are recommended. Please call (860) 522-9258 ext. 317.

The MOuTH with Chion Wolf

Friday, February 27, 7:30 p.m.

"The Mark Twain House & Museum continues "The MOuTH," a storytelling series with WNPR personality Chion Wolf.

The event is in no way a competition, just storytelling in front of friends in a museum dedicated to Mark Twain, one of our country's best storytellers.

Submissions are now open. Here's how it works: Email HartfordMouth@gmail.com with your name, approximate story length of LESS THAN 10 MINUTES (note - it usually takes longer to tell your story than you think! Tell it a few times to friends, refine it, and time it!), and a short description of what your story is about.

Wolf, along with Julia Pistell and Jacques Lamarre of the Mark Twain House, will look over the submissions and assemble a lineup. "If you don't get on the list, don't take it personally!" says Wolf. "It's our loss, and hopefully we can hear from you at a future 'Mouth' event."

There will also be a "Wild Card": Those wanting to tell a short story can put their names in a hat when they arrive, and at some point, a name will be picked. Audio of the event will be recorded.

Chion Wolf, a noted photographer and voice perfomer, joined Colin McEnroe and producer Patrick Skahill to complete the trifecta that has become The Colin McEnroe Show on WNPR as the show's announcer and sometimes-sidekick. She can be heard during station breaks many days of the week.

$5.00; to reserve, call 860-280-3130. (Storytellers chosen for the lineup get in free.)

Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours

Friday, February 27, and Saturday, February 28, 6:00, 7:00, 8:00 and 9:00 p.m.

We reprise our popular Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours for some winter fun. The Mark Twain House has been featured on Syfy Channel's Ghost Hunters and the Biography Channel's My Ghost Story.

On these tours participants will hear all these creepy tales -- and learn about Mark Twain's own interest in the supernatural.

Filled with haunted history, dark tales and Victorian traditions surrounding seances and spiritualism, these nighttime tours are as educational as they are goosebump-inducing.

They sell out fast, so be sure to call 860-280-3130 soon to make your reservations!

The tours are tsponsored by Tsunami Tsolutions.

Call: (860) 280-3130 for more information & ticketing. Or, click here for tickets.

Mar

March


An Evening with Nell Bernstein - "Burning Down The House"

Thursday, March 5, 6:30 p.m.; light supper reception at 5:30 p.m.

One in three American school children will be arrested by the time they are twenty-three. Many of these youth will spend time in detention centers that do not incorporate everything we know about how to rehabilitate young offenders. In a candid examination of the American juvenile justice system, award-winning journalist Nell Bernstein shows that there is no right way to lock up a child.  Join Bernstein and WNPR’s John Dankosky for a conversation that explores this controversial issue and discusses alternative community programs that support the child and their family.

Sponsored with Community Partners in Action, Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance & the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center.

 

Tickets are $20 which includes a light supper reception from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Please call (860) 280-3130 or click here.

Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours

Friday, March 27, and Saturday, March 28; 6:00, 7:00, 8:00 and 9:00 p.m.

We reprise our popular Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours for some winter fun. The Mark Twain House has been featured on Syfy Channel's Ghost Hunters and the Biography Channel's My Ghost Story.

On these tours participants will hear all these creepy tales -- and learn about Mark Twain's own interest in the supernatural.

Filled with haunted history, dark tales and Victorian traditions surrounding seances and spiritualism, these nighttime tours are as educational as they are goosebump-inducing.

They sell out fast, so be sure to call 860-280-3130 soon to make your reservations!

The tours are tsponsored by Tsunami Tsolutions.

Please call (860) 280-3130 for more information & ticketing. Or, click here for tickets.

Apr

April


The MOuTH with Chion Wolf

Friday, April 10, 7:30 p.m.

"The Mark Twain House & Museum continues "The MOuTH," a storytelling series with WNPR personality Chion Wolf.

The event is in no way a competition, just storytelling in front of friends in a museum dedicated to Mark Twain, one of our country's best storytellers.

Submissions are now open. Here's how it works: Email HartfordMouth@gmail.com with your name, approximate story length of LESS THAN 10 MINUTES (note - it usually takes longer to tell your story than you think! Tell it a few times to friends, refine it, and time it!), and a short description of what your story is about.

Wolf, along with Julia Pistell and Jacques Lamarre of the Mark Twain House, will look over the submissions and assemble a lineup. "If you don't get on the list, don't take it personally!" says Wolf. "It's our loss, and hopefully we can hear from you at a future 'Mouth' event."

There will also be a "Wild Card": Those wanting to tell a short story can put their names in a hat when they arrive, and at some point, a name will be picked. Audio of the event will be recorded.

Chion Wolf, a noted photographer and voice performer, joined Colin McEnroe and producer Patrick Skahill to complete the trifecta that has become The Colin McEnroe Show on WNPR as the show's announcer and sometimes-sidekick. She can be heard during station breaks many days of the week.

$5.00; (Storytellers chosen for the lineup get in free.) Call (860) 280-3130.

4th Annual Writers' Weekend!

Friday, April 17, through Sunday, April 29, 2014

Join us for year three of a paradise for writers!

This can't-miss-it event is the best small writers' conference in Connecticut. Our first and second years were smash successes, and we can't wait to offer even more writers, workshops, genres, and opportunities for everyone. The keynote speaker this year will be Dani Shapiro.

In the shadow of Mark Twain's breathtaking home, writers of all levels of experience are invited to spend a weekend writing, learning, exchanging ideas, and getting books signed by the authors you've been dying to meet. The roster includes workshops and discussions on aspects of the writing craft including jump-starting a novel, poetry as memoir, researching for nonfiction essays, and much more; lectures on aspects of publishing including finding an agent, pitching to publicity outlets, and editing for publication; and an all-day marathon of authors selling and signing books.

Sunday morning will feature an expo and book signing of the members of the Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association.

The cost of the weekend is $150 for early birds (price will go up to $160 on April 1st). Costs include an opening and closing reception, coffee, and a small lunch on Saturday. The weekend will kick off at 6:00 pm with a reception the Keynote Conversation at 7 pm and continue with programs from 9 am to 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets are $150 FOR EARLY BIRDS and on sale now (will go up to $160 in April!):

Call The Mark Twain House & Museum at (860) 280-3130.

$150 until April 1st; $160 thereafter. Call: (860) 280-3130 for more information & ticketing.

May

May


Book/Mark: "The Two State Delusion - A Tale of Israel and Palestine" with author Padraig O'Malley

Wednesday, May 6, 7:00 p.m.

A leading reconciliation expert argues that a two-state solution is no longer a viable path to create lasting peace in Israel and Palestine

Disputes over settlements, the right of return, the rise of Hamas, recognition of Israel as a Jewish state, and other intractable issues have repeatedly derailed peace negotiations between Israel and Palestine.

Now, in a book that is sure to spark controversy, renowned peacemaker Padraig O’Malley argues that the moment for a two-state solution has passed. After examining each issue and speaking with Palestinians and Israelis as well as negotiators directly involved in past summits, O’Malley concludes that even if such an agreement could be reached, it would be nearly impossible to implement given the staggering costs, Palestine’s political disunity and the viability of its economy, rapidly changing demographics, Israel’s continuing political shift to the right, global warming’s effect on the water supply, and more.

In this revelatory, hard-hitting book, O’Malley approaches the key issues pragmatically, without ideological bias, to show that we must find new frameworks for reconciliation if there is to be lasting peace between Palestine and Israel.

This is a free event. Reservations are recommended. Please call (860) 280-3130.

Jun

June


Tom Sawyer Day: Tom Sawyer Abroad

Saturday, June 6, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Our annual, family-friendly Tom Sawyer Day

The free event will include crafts and fun activities for the whole family!

Discount tours of the Mark Twain House will be available at $10 for adults and seniors and $5 for children.

 

Free!

Nook Farm Author Talk - "Hidden in Plain Sight: The Other People in Norman Rockwell's America" with Jane Allen Petrick

Wednesday, June 17, 7:00 p.m. at the Mark Twain House Museum Center

Norman Rockwell's America was not all white. As early as 1936, Rockwell was portraying people of color with empathy and a dignity often denied them at the time. And he created these portraits from live models.

Hidden in Plain Sight: The Other People in Norman Rockwell's America unfolds, for the first time, the stories of the Asian, African, and Native Americans who modeled for Norman Rockwell. These people of color, though often hidden in plain sight, are present throughout Rockwell's more than 4000 illustrations. People like the John Lane family, Navajos poignantly depicted in the virtually unknown Norman Rockwell painting, "Glen Canyon Dam." People like Isaac Crawford, a ten year old African-American Boy Scout who helped Norman Rockwell finally integrate the Boy Scout calendar.

In this engrossing and often humorous narrative, Jane Allen Petrick explores what motivated Norman Rockwell to slip people of color "into the picture" in the first place. And in so doing, she persuasively documents the famous illustrator's deep commitment to and pointed portrayals of ethnic tolerance, portrayals that up to now have been, as Norman Rockwell biographer Laura Claridge so clearly put it, "bizarrely neglected".

Hidden in Plain Sight: The Other People in Norman Rockwell's America is an eye opener for everyone who loves Norman Rockwell, everyone who hates Norman Rockwell, and for all those people who never thought much about Norman Rockwell because they believed Norman Rockwell never thought much about them. This book will expand the way you think about Norman Rockwell. And it will deepen the way you think about Norman Rockwell's America.

Presented in conjunction with the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center.

This is a free event. Reservations are recommended. Please call (860) 280-3130.

The MOuTH with Chion Wolf

Friday, June 19, 7:30 p.m.

"The Mark Twain House & Museum continues "The MOuTH," a storytelling series with WNPR personality Chion Wolf.

The event is in no way a competition, just storytelling in front of friends in a museum dedicated to Mark Twain, one of our country's best storytellers.

Submissions are now open. Here's how it works: Email HartfordMouth@gmail.com with your name, approximate story length of LESS THAN 10 MINUTES (note - it usually takes longer to tell your story than you think! Tell it a few times to friends, refine it, and time it!), and a short description of what your story is about.

Wolf, along with Julia Pistell and Jacques Lamarre of the Mark Twain House, will look over the submissions and assemble a lineup. "If you don't get on the list, don't take it personally!" says Wolf. "It's our loss, and hopefully we can hear from you at a future 'Mouth' event."

There will also be a "Wild Card": Those wanting to tell a short story can put their names in a hat when they arrive, and at some point, a name will be picked. Audio of the event will be recorded.

Chion Wolf, a noted photographer and voice performer, joined Colin McEnroe and producer Patrick Skahill to complete the trifecta that has become The Colin McEnroe Show on WNPR as the show's announcer and sometimes-sidekick. She can be heard during station breaks many days of the week.

$5.00 (Storytellers chosen for the lineup get in free.) Call (860) 280-3130.

Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours

Friday, June 26, and Saturday, June 27; 6:00, 7:00, 8:00 and 9:00 p.m.

We reprise our popular Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours for some summer fun. The Mark Twain House has been featured on Syfy Channel's Ghost Hunters and the Biography Channel's My Ghost Story.

On these tours participants will hear about these investigations -- and learn about Mark Twain's own interest in the supernatural.

Filled with haunted history, dark tales and Victorian traditions surrounding seances and spiritualism, these nighttime tours are as educational as they are goosebump-inducing.

They sell out fast, so be sure to call soon to make your reservations!

The tours are tsponsored by Tsunami Tsolutions.

Tours are $22 for adults, $17 for members, and $15 for children. Call (860) 280-3130 or click here.

Jul

July


Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours

Friday, July 24, and Saturday, July 25; 6:00, 7:00, 8:00 and 9:00 p.m.

We reprise our popular Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours for some summer fun. The Mark Twain House has been featured on Syfy Channel's Ghost Hunters and the Biography Channel's My Ghost Story.

On these tours participants will hear about these investigations -- and learn about Mark Twain's own interest in the supernatural.

Filled with haunted history, dark tales and Victorian traditions surrounding seances and spiritualism, these nighttime tours are as educational as they are goosebump-inducing.

They sell out fast, so be sure to call soon to make your reservations!

The tours are tsponsored by Tsunami Tsolutions.

Tickets are $22 for adults, $17 for members, and $15 for children. Call (860) 280-3130 or click here.

Our Ice Cream Social!

Thursday, July 30, 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

I scream, you scream, line up for ice cream, as The Mark Twain House & Museum invites the neighbors in for its 7th annual free Ice Cream Social on the patio.

Enjoy free dish ice cream and sundaes whipped up by The Friends of The Mark Twain House & Museum, plus music and more!

 

This is a free event!

Aug

August


Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours

Friday, August 28, and Saturday, August 29, 7:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.

We reprise our popular Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours for summer chills. The Mark Twain House has been featured on Syfy Channel's Ghost Hunters and the Biography Channel's My Ghost Story.

On these tours participants will hear about these investigations -- and learn about Mark Twain's own interest in the supernatural.

Filled with haunted history, dark tales and Victorian traditions surrounding seances and spiritualism, these nighttime tours are as educational as they are goosebump-inducing.

They sell out fast, so be sure to call soon to make your reservations!

The tours are tsponsored by Tsunami Tsolutions.

$22 with discounts available for members and children. Please call (860) 280-3130 for more information & ticketing or click here.

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