Wednesday, December 11, 7:00 p.m.
The Mark Twain House & Museum announces the publication of an exciting new book about the House, "We Shall Have Them with Us Always": The Ghosts of the Mark Twain House written by Twain historian Steve Courtney.
A celebration of the book's publication will be held on Wednesday, December 11 at 7:00 p.m. in the Mark Twain House Museum Center. Various members of the Mark Twain House and Museum staff who have experienced unexplained happenings in the Mark Twain House will be present to relay their stories. A book signing will follow.
Samuel L. Clemens--Mark Twain--and his family lived in an elegant Gothic home in Hartford for seventeen years, 1874-1891. It was his most productive time--The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and many other works flowed from his pen - and his family life was the happiest it would ever be. In recent years, there have been accounts of presences in the house - a woman in white, odd noises, even a whiff of cigar smoke (Clemens smoked 20 to 40 a day). Television shows such as Ghost Hunters have paid a visit. In this book, author Steve Courtney recounts the tales of hauntings and the investigations that have followed--and adds the fascinating tale of the iconic American author's own interest in the occult and spiritualism.
"We Shall Have Them with Us Always": The Ghosts of the Mark Twain House is published by The Paige Compositor Press/The Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford, Connecticut. It retails for $14.95 and is available from the Mark Twain House Museum Store at shopmarktwainhouse.org.
The December 11 celebration is a free event.
Wednesday, December 11, 5:oo p.m. reception; 5:30 p.m. talk
Mark Twain made terrible fun of the spiritualists who enjoyed tremendous popularity in his era -- yet attended a seance himself after the death of a beloved daughter. Jason Scappaticci, coordinator of transitional programs at Manchester Community College and a former guide at the Mark Twain House, offers an insider's perspective on Twain's supernatural interests.
Supported in part by the First Niagara Foundation, Connecticut Explored magazine, Hot Tomato's restaurant and The Friends of the Mark Twain House & Museum.
Friday, December 13, at 7:00 p.m., and Saturday, December 14 at 2:00 p.m.
The Mark Twain House & Museum presents The Drama Desk-Nominated WorkShop Theater Company's production of LIFE ON THE MISSISSIPPI - THE MUSICAL based on the Mark Twain classic! Book, Music & Lyrics by Philip W. Hall; Directed by Susanna Frazer
A musical version of Mark Twain’s classic memoir Life on the Mississippi. Hair-raising, hilarious, life-changing and violent are just some of the currents that steamboat pilot Sam Clemens has to navigate in this musical journey. Young Sam Clemens and his brother Henry step onto a Mississippi steamboat and aboard the chance of a lifetime. As a cub apprentice, his burning ambition propels him to become a steamboat pilot, but he soon discovers that learning the great, relentless river will be harder than he ever imagined. Now Sam must plot a course through the dangerous currents, as mysterious as the Mississippi itself. Presented by the Workshop Theater Company.
"Ninety-five minutes I wished would NEVER end!"
There will be a free-will donation for this play. This presentation is a benefit for the Mark Twain House & Museum.
Saturday, December 14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Hartford’s Nook Farm turns back the clock and presents the sights and sounds of a Victorian holiday celebration. Famed residents Harriet Beecher Stowe and Mark Twain always extended the spirit of the holidays to friends and neighbors.
This holiday season, the Stowe Center and the Twain House are joining forces and opening their doors to families for an Olde-Fashioned Christmas experience. Both houses will be decked with family decorations, Christmas trees, garlands and more - guests will “ooh” and “ahh” at the holiday feasts laid out on the dining tables. Historic interpreters will take you on guided tours and will explain the holiday traditions of each family.
Plus many more holiday happenings, including a visit from Old Saint Nick!
Olde-Fashioned Christmas events are free. Visitors may purchase a discount combination ticket including guided tours of both the Stowe House and Twain House.