Events & Programs

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.

Jul

July


# CLUE Murder Mystery House Tours

Friday, July 14, Tours leave every 15 minutes from 7 to 7:45 p.m.

CLUE Mystery Murder Tours of the Mark Twain House

 

CLUE!

CLUE Murder Mystery Tours take participants through the various rooms (secret passageway, conservatory, billiards room, and more) of the Twain house -- and some of the author's favorite literary characters -- as part of the game. 

Who killed that varmint Pap Finn? Was it Tom Sawyer in the Library with the Wrench? Merlin in the Billiard Room with the Knife? The Pauper in the Kitchen with the Rope?

Play our live-action version of the classic board game CLUE in an hour-long tour featuring the famed comedy troupe SEA TEA IMPROV as Twain's beloved characters/suspects. CLUE Tours provide all the murder, mayhem, and merriment you expect in a whodunit. Our Clue Tours were featured on an episode of the Travel Channel show "Wackiest Tours!"

Sea Tea Improv is an improv comedy company, professionally trained by Hartford Stage Company, ImprovBoston, and the Upright Citizens Brigade in New York, that dazzles Hartford and beyond on a regular basis with its witty interpretations of audience suggestions.  The troupe performs short improvised games and long improvised plays at public & private functions, teach classes to students of all ages, and train professionals in the art of communication. They've performed all over Connecticut, New England, and up and down the Eastern Seaboard.

This event is supported by Webster Bank.

Reservations are required, and tours sell out, so please book early.

Tickets are $24; museum members are $17; children 6 to 17 are $15.  

Lets Go Arts program members are entitled to a discount; click the ticket-purchase link below to learn more.

To purchase tickets call 860- 247-0998 or click HERE!

# Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours

Friday, July 28,

Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours are Back!

Friday, July 28, and Saturday, July 29

Tours run at 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m, and 9 p.m.

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Filled with haunted history, dark tales, and Victorian traditions surrounding seances and spiritualism, these nighttime tours are as educational as they are goosebump-inducing. Participants will hear lots of creepy tales -- and learn about Mark Twain's interest in the supernatural.

The Mark Twain House has been featured on Syfy Channel's Ghost Hunters and the Biography Channel's My Ghost Story.

The tours sell out fast, so be sure to call 860- 247-0998 soon to make your reservations!

The tours are sponsored by Tsunami Tsolutions.

Tickets are $25, $17 for children ages 6 to 16, and $20 for members of The Mark Twain House & Museum. Click here for tickets.

Can't make it this time? Ghost Tours will be offered on August 25 & 26, and October 6, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 & 28.

 

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August


# Neighborhood Studios Museum of Us

Friday, August 4, 1 p.m.

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The Greater Hartford Arts Council's Neighborhood Studios develops emerging artists and teaches teens the value of creativiity and fundamental career skills needed to succeed in today's workforce. The apprentices of the Write to the Point! program at The Mark Twain House & Museum invite alll to a showcase of their lives and experiences as seen through the media of prose and poetry.

All ages are welcome, and admission is FREE.

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# CLUE Murder Mystery House Tours

Friday, August 11, Tours leave every 15 minutes from 7 to 7:45 p.m.

CLUE Mystery Murder Tours of the Mark Twain House

 

CLUE!

CLUE Murder Mystery Tours take participants through the various rooms (secret passageway, conservatory, billiards room, and more) of the Twain house -- and some of the author's favorite literary characters -- as part of the game. 

Who killed that varmint Pap Finn? Was it Tom Sawyer in the Library with the Wrench? Merlin in the Billiard Room with the Knife? The Pauper in the Kitchen with the Rope?

Play our live-action version of the classic board game CLUE in an hour-long tour featuring the famed comedy troupe SEA TEA IMPROV as Twain's beloved characters/suspects. CLUE Tours provide all the murder, mayhem, and merriment you expect in a whodunit. Our Clue Tours were featured on an episode of the Travel Channel show "Wackiest Tours!"

Sea Tea Improv is an improv comedy company, professionally trained by Hartford Stage Company, ImprovBoston, and the Upright Citizens Brigade in New York, that dazzles Hartford and beyond on a regular basis with its witty interpretations of audience suggestions.  The troupe performs short improvised games and long improvised plays at public & private functions, teach classes to students of all ages, and train professionals in the art of communication. They've performed all over Connecticut, New England, and up and down the Eastern Seaboard.

This event is supported by Webster Bank.

Reservations are required, and tours sell out, so please book early.

Tickets are $24; museum members are $17; children 6 to 17 are $15.  

Lets Go Arts program members are entitled to a discount; click the ticket-purchase link below to learn more.

To purchase tickets call 860- 247-0998 or click HERE!

# Family Series: IMPROVISED TOM SAWYER with Sea Tea Improv

Saturday, August 19, 1 p.m.

You know the classic Tom Sawyer story, but now you can put your own spin on it! Sea Tea Improv, Hartford's favorite comedy company, will update this classic work based on YOUR ideas! What if Tom Sawyer didn't paint a fence -- but a giant billboard instead? What if he & Becky didn't get lost in a cave -- but in an amusement park? This retelling of a classic boyhood tale will be fun, funny, creative, and family-friendly! Don't miss this once-in-lifetime event!

Sponsored by The Hartford.

Tickets are $5. Get yours here!

# Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours

Friday, August 25,

Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours are Back!

Friday, August 25, and Saturday, August 26

Tours run at 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m, and 9 p.m.

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Filled with haunted history, dark tales, and Victorian traditions surrounding seances and spiritualism, these nighttime tours are as educational as they are goosebump-inducing. Participants will hear lots of creepy tales -- and learn about Mark Twain's interest in the supernatural.

The Mark Twain House has been featured on Syfy Channel's Ghost Hunters and the Biography Channel's My Ghost Story.

The tours sell out fast, so be sure to call 860- 247-0998 soon to make your reservations!

The tours are sponsored by Tsunami Tsolutions.

Tickets are $25, $17 for children ages 6 to 16, and $20 for members of The Mark Twain House & Museum. Click here for tickets.

Can't make it this time? Ghost Tours will be offered on October 6, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 & 28.

 

Sep

September


# CLUE Murder Mystery House Tours

Friday, September 8, Tours leave every 15 minutes from 7 to 7:45 p.m.

CLUE Mystery Murder Tours of the Mark Twain House

 

CLUE!

CLUE Murder Mystery Tours take participants through the various rooms (secret passageway, conservatory, billiards room, and more) of the Twain house -- and some of the author's favorite literary characters -- as part of the game. 

Who killed that varmint Pap Finn? Was it Tom Sawyer in the Library with the Wrench? Merlin in the Billiard Room with the Knife? The Pauper in the Kitchen with the Rope?

Play our live-action version of the classic board game CLUE in an hour-long tour featuring the famed comedy troupe SEA TEA IMPROV as Twain's beloved characters/suspects. CLUE Tours provide all the murder, mayhem, and merriment you expect in a whodunit. Our Clue Tours were featured on an episode of the Travel Channel show "Wackiest Tours!"

Sea Tea Improv is an improv comedy company, professionally trained by Hartford Stage Company, ImprovBoston, and the Upright Citizens Brigade in New York, that dazzles Hartford and beyond on a regular basis with its witty interpretations of audience suggestions.  The troupe performs short improvised games and long improvised plays at public & private functions, teach classes to students of all ages, and train professionals in the art of communication. They've performed all over Connecticut, New England, and up and down the Eastern Seaboard.

This event is supported by Webster Bank.

Reservations are required, and tours sell out, so please book early.

Tickets are $24; museum members are $17; children 6 to 17 are $15.  

Lets Go Arts program members are entitled to a discount; click the ticket-purchase link below to learn more.

To purchase tickets call 860- 247-0998 or click HERE!

# 10th Annual TAPPING into TWAIN

Friday, September 22, 5:30 - 10 p.m.

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The 10th Annual Tapping into Twain brings the party of the year back to Hartford on September 22, 2017! Featuring more than twenty regional breweries, micro-breweries, and home brewers, plus more than a dozen local restaurants and live music! Prices include all food, beverages, and a collectible pint glass!

Advance Prices: $45; $40 for museum members; $20 for Designated Drivers.  

To purchase advance tickets, CLICK HERE. [Purchase is non-refundable and service fees will be applied.]

AFTER 3:00 PM on 9/22, THE ADMISSION PRICE WILL BE $50.00 FOR ALL!

 

 

Oct

October


# Book/Mark: Steve Courtney, The Letters of Mark Twain and Joseph Hopkins Twichell

Tuesday, October 3, 7 p.m.

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Our own Steve Courtney talks about The Letters of Mark Twain and Joseph Hopkins Twichell, which he co-edited with Harold Bush and Peter Messent. This event is co-sponsored with Asylum Hill Congregational Church. A book sale and signing will follow Steve's talk.

 

Tickets are $5. Get yours here!

# Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours

Friday, October 6,

Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours are Back!

October 6, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 & 28

Tours run at 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m, and 9 p.m.

ghost tour image

Filled with haunted history, dark tales, and Victorian traditions surrounding seances and spiritualism, these nighttime tours are as educational as they are goosebump-inducing. Participants will hear lots of creepy tales -- and learn about Mark Twain's interest in the supernatural.

The Mark Twain House has been featured on Syfy Channel's Ghost Hunters and the Biography Channel's My Ghost Story.

The tours sell out fast, so be sure to call 860- 247-0998 soon to make your reservations!

The tours are sponsored by Tsunami Tsolutions.

Tickets are $25, $17 for children ages 6 to 16, and $20 for members of The Mark Twain House & Museum. Click here for tickets.

 

 

# Book/Mark: Melissa Scholes Young, Flood

Tuesday, October 10, 7:00 p.m.

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Melissa Scholes Young's fiercely honest and atmospheric debut novel Flood is set in Mark Twain's boyhood hometown -- and her own. She will speak about her work as part of the museum’s acclaimed Book/Mark series.

Author Luis Alberto Urrea says of Young: "Her eye is clear and her powers are on high. I read Flood with admiration and growing excitement.” 

Young was born and raised in Hannibal, Missouri. Her writing has appeared in the Atlantic, Washington Post, Narrative, Ploughshares, and Poets & Writers. She teaches at American University in Washington, D.C.

A book sale and signing will follow Young's talk.

 

Tickets are $5. Get yours here!

# Book/Mark:: Jenny Allen, Would Everybody Please Stop? Reflections on Life and Other Bad Ideas

Thursday, October 12, 7 p.m.

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Jenny Allen is a writer and performer. Her essays and articles have appeared for years in many magazines, including The New Yorker,The New York Times, New York, Vogue, EsquireMore, The Huffington Post, and Good Housekeeping. Recent essays appear in Andy Borowitz’s anthology The Fifty Funniest American Writers and in In the Fullness of Time: 32 Women on Life After 50.

Now, for the first time, Allen’s hilarious and wonderful works are collected in one place. Jenny is many things—a playwright, journalist, essayist, actress, and monologist, perhaps best known for her one-woman show I Got Sick Then I Got Better. She fearlessly tackles the serious and the not-so-serious with equal candor and curiosity. Reading Jenny Allen is a lot like sitting with a best friend; her essays are intimate and immediate. Would Everybody Please Stop? is as thoughtful as it is entertaining. We hope you enjoy this hilarious gem jam-packed with thirty-five inventive, provocative essays from one of our beloved humorists.

A book sale and signing will follow Allen's talk.

Tickets are $5. Get yours here!

# Book/Mark: Bhu Srinivasan, Americana: A 400-Year History of American Capitalism

Tuesday, October 17, 7 p.m.

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From the days of the Mayflower and the Virginia Company, America has been a place for people to dream, invent, build, tinker, and bet the farm in pursuit of a better life. Americana takes us on a four-hundred-year journey of this spirit of innovation and ambition through a series of Next Big Things -- the inventions, techniques, and industries that drove American history forward: from the telegraph, the railroad, guns, radio, and banking to flight, suburbia, and sneakers, culminating with the Internet and mobile technology at the turn of the twenty-first century. The result is a thrilling alternative history of modern America that reframes events, trends, and people we thought we knew through the prism of the value that, for better or for worse, this nation holds dearest: capitalism. 

In a winning, accessible style, Bhu Srinivasan boldly takes on four centuries of American enterprise, revealing the unexpected connections that link them. We learn how Andrew Carnegie's early job as a telegraph messenger boy paved the way for his leadership of the steel empire that would make him one of the nation's richest men; how the gunmaker Remington reinvented itself in the postwar years to sell typewriters; how the inner workings of the Mafia mirrored the trend of consolidation and regulation in more traditional business; and how a 1950s infrastructure bill triggered a series of events that produced one of America's most enduring brands: KFC. Reliving the heady early days of Silicon Valley, we are reminded that the start-up is an idea as old as America itself.

A book sale and signing will follow Srinivasan's talk.

Tickets are $5. Get yours here!

# Book/Mark: S.L. Price, Playing Through the Whistle: Steel, Football, and an American Town

Tuesday, October 24, 7 p.m.

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Renowned sports journalist S.L. Price visits The Mark Twain House & Museum to talk about his latest book, Playing Through the Whistle.

Kirkus writes of the book:

A senior Sports Illustrated writer tells a multigenerational story about Aliquippa, a Pennsylvania steel town, and its legendary high school football team.

Heavy industry and football share the same DNA, writes Price (Heart of the Game: Life, Death, and Mercy in Minor League America, 2009, etc.). Both feature a hierarchical management structure; both involve collective striving, with various skills merging to produce the desired result; both “depend on—even celebrate—the implicit trade of health for money” or celebrity. Since the early 1900s, when the J&L Steel Company designed and built the town, until today, as surely as the blast furnaces once reliably churned out pig iron, the Quips have won a succession of regional and state championships, producing an astonishing number of football stars, most notably Mike Ditka, Tony Dorsett, Ty Law, and Darrelle Revis. Price thoroughly explores the football saga, focusing on four particularly successful coaches and their teams, but this is no mere sports story. The author produces an artful mix of history, economics, sociology, and athletics. He makes room for sketches of distinguished, nonsports native sons (composer Henry Mancini), a reform-minded governor’s wife, a J&L official who bossed the town, and Aliquippa’s first black mayor. As he travels through the decades, he packs the narrative with telling episodes: the presidential visits of John F. Kennedy and Jimmy Carter, a landmark Supreme Court labor case slapping down J&L, the high school walkouts of the 1960s, protesting the lack of black cheerleaders. Price’s especially touching engravings of “promise squandered,” those chewed up and spit out by Aliquippa’s tough environment, contrast powerfully with the tales of football triumph.

From the rigidly stratified life in the 1920s and ’30s during J&L’s “despotic prime,” to the brief, postwar golden age, “a moment of civic equipoise,” to today’s “company town without a company,” where the combination of unemployment, drugs, and crime crushes hope, Price’s football story is really that of America’s Rust Belt in poignant miniature.

A book sale and signing will follow Price's talk.

Tickets are $5. Get yours here!

Nov

November


# CLUE Murder Mystery House Tours

Friday, November 10, Tours leave every 15 minutes from 7 to 7:45 p.m.

CLUE Mystery Murder Tours of the Mark Twain House

 

CLUE!

CLUE Murder Mystery Tours take participants through the various rooms (secret passageway, conservatory, billiards room, and more) of the Twain house -- and some of the author's favorite literary characters -- as part of the game. 

Who killed that varmint Pap Finn? Was it Tom Sawyer in the Library with the Wrench? Merlin in the Billiard Room with the Knife? The Pauper in the Kitchen with the Rope?

Play our live-action version of the classic board game CLUE in an hour-long tour featuring the famed comedy troupe SEA TEA IMPROV as Twain's beloved characters/suspects. CLUE Tours provide all the murder, mayhem, and merriment you expect in a whodunit. Our Clue Tours were featured on an episode of the Travel Channel show "Wackiest Tours!"

Sea Tea Improv is an improv comedy company, professionally trained by Hartford Stage Company, ImprovBoston, and the Upright Citizens Brigade in New York, that dazzles Hartford and beyond on a regular basis with its witty interpretations of audience suggestions.  The troupe performs short improvised games and long improvised plays at public & private functions, teach classes to students of all ages, and train professionals in the art of communication. They've performed all over Connecticut, New England, and up and down the Eastern Seaboard.

This event is supported by Webster Bank.

Reservations are required, and tours sell out, so please book early.

Tickets are $24; museum members are $17; children 6 to 17 are $15.  

Lets Go Arts program members are entitled to a discount; click the ticket-purchase link below to learn more.

To purchase tickets call 860- 247-0998 or click HERE!

Dec

December


# CLUE Murder Mystery House Tours

Friday, December 8, Tours leave every 15 minutes from 7 to 7:45 p.m.

CLUE Mystery Murder Tours of the Mark Twain House

 

CLUE!

CLUE Murder Mystery Tours take participants through the various rooms (secret passageway, conservatory, billiards room, and more) of the Twain house -- and some of the author's favorite literary characters -- as part of the game. 

Who killed that varmint Pap Finn? Was it Tom Sawyer in the Library with the Wrench? Merlin in the Billiard Room with the Knife? The Pauper in the Kitchen with the Rope?

Play our live-action version of the classic board game CLUE in an hour-long tour featuring the famed comedy troupe SEA TEA IMPROV as Twain's beloved characters/suspects. CLUE Tours provide all the murder, mayhem, and merriment you expect in a whodunit. Our Clue Tours were featured on an episode of the Travel Channel show "Wackiest Tours!"

Sea Tea Improv is an improv comedy company, professionally trained by Hartford Stage Company, ImprovBoston, and the Upright Citizens Brigade in New York, that dazzles Hartford and beyond on a regular basis with its witty interpretations of audience suggestions.  The troupe performs short improvised games and long improvised plays at public & private functions, teach classes to students of all ages, and train professionals in the art of communication. They've performed all over Connecticut, New England, and up and down the Eastern Seaboard.

This event is supported by Webster Bank.

Reservations are required, and tours sell out, so please book early.

Tickets are $24; museum members are $17; children 6 to 17 are $15.  

Lets Go Arts program members are entitled to a discount; click the ticket-purchase link below to learn more.

To purchase tickets call 860- 247-0998 or click HERE!

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