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Ira Glass: 7 Things I Have Learned

Presenting Ira Glass at The Bushnell!

Saturday, November 12, 8:00 pm

Our 2016 Gala with "This American Life" host IRA GLASS will be held November 12 at The Bushnell

A few Gala Packages are still available. These are $275 and include a dinner reception with Mr. Glass catered by Max's, premiere performance seating for his show, and a private post-show dessert reception. Gala packages are EXTREMELY limited in number and can be ordered by calling (860) 280-3112.

General Admission tickets are now available! Members receive $5 off tickets! For all other seating, order online or call The Bushnell box office at (860) 987-5900.

SUMMER SESSION with Hank Herman

If you did not quite wrap up your current writing project during the school year, we have a summer vacation idea for you! Have a project you’ve been meaning to start, but haven’t gotten around to? Need a little push from a classroom structure to get you going? Appreciate feedback from other motivated writers, and from a professional instructor? Here’s your answer!  Even Mark Twain himself  said he did his best writing during the summer. Whether you’re working on memoir, essay, kids fiction, humor — or anything else — “Summer Session” is the perfect workshop for you.

Six-week workshop - Wednesdays from 6-8 pm, June 22 & 29; July 6, 13, 20 & 27

Hank Herman is the author of Accept My Kid, Please! A Dad’s Descent Into College Application Hell, an acclaimed memoir, and Super Hoops, a series of basketball novels for kids. His award-winning humor column “The Home Team” has been running for more than 20 years and is still going strong. Hank also co-writes the Hearst Newspapers blog “Beagle Man,” alternating posts with his dog Kemba. The blog doubles as as a hilarious travelogue when Hank and Kemba hit the road every fall for their great adventure: a month-long cross-country road trip! Hank also leads writing workshops at his alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania, and at Trinity College and Norwalk Community College.

$300. MTH&M Member rate: $275. To register, call (860) 247-0998 or click here.


Saturday, June 11, 10am to 4pm

Things will really get swinging when our 8th Annual TOM SAWYER DAY heads into the wild kingdom! A fun-filled family extravaganza, "Wild About Animals" will feature pony rides, a petting zoo, games & activities, music, food & refreshments, and lots of attractions!

You and your kids can learn more about Mark Twain's own kids in our current exhibit, IN THEIR FATHER'S IMAGE: SUSY, CLARA & JEAN CLEMENS.

TOM SAWYER DAY is supported in part by the Greater Hartford Arts Council's United Arts Campaign.  Musical performances are supported by the Evelyn W. Preston Memorial Trust Fund, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee.

Part of Connecticut Open House Day!

Admission is FREE!

Food and Beverages can be purchased from local vendors on site.

Discounted tours of The Mark Twain House will be available on TOM SAWYER DAY. Adults $12 / Children 7 to 16 $7 / Children 6 and under - FREE!


On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, you can take a LIVING HISTORY TOUR!

Thinking about an EXTRA special event? Here's a great idea: tour the Mark Twain House with someone who actually "lived" there! Our Living History Tours come to life in March. Take a tour with that sassy, brassy housemaid Lizzie Wills, or thoughtful lady's maid Katy Leary, or even Olivia Clemens herself. These historically accurate tours are unlike anything you've experienced here before! Be among the first to bring friends and family for an intimate behind-the-scenes look at "the loveliest home that ever was." Get a sneak preview HERE!

What could be more special? For more details or to pre-register for your living history tour, click here.

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