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Exhibition of Han Dynasty Rubbings from China

In collaboration with Shandong Department of Culture and Shandong Museum in China, The Mark Twain House & Museum is bringing a unique and never-before-seen collection of Han Dynasty stone rubbings to Connecticut. The exhibition will be displayed at The Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford between May 21 and August 31, 2015. The exhibition is sponsored by Industrial Defender/Lockheed Martin.

An opening reception to celebrate this exciting exhibition will take place on Thursday, May 21 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Webster Bank Museum Center at The Mark Twain House & Museum.

The Han Dynasty (206 BC -- 220 AD) was a formative period in the history of Chinese society and culture. Many of the institutions that continued to shape China all the way up to the early 20th century were established during this period. The stone rubbings are artistically crafted facsimiles of stone engravings found in tombs and on mountainsides in and around what is today Shandong province. They provide detailed and vivid descriptions of everyday, economic, religious, political and cultural life at the time.

The collection that will be presented has great historic, cultural and academic value. The complete exhibition consists of a large number of individual rubbings of various sizes, ranging from smaller pieces up to larger ones covering entire walls, all filled with vivid detail.

The exhibition opening on Thursday, May 21st is free, open to the public, and will feature music, dance, and refreshments.

A Memorial Day Weekend to Remember!

YES! We are open for your touring pleasure this holiday weekend. Hours of operation are 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with the final tour of the day stepping off at 4:30 p.m. We look forward to welcoming you to The Mark Twain House & Museum!

BOOK/MARK: "The SOUND OF MUSIC Story" with author Thomas Santopietro

Thursday, May 21, 7:00 p.m.

On March 2, 1965, "The Sound of Music" was released in the United States and the love affair between moviegoers and the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical was on. Rarely has a film captured the love and imagination of the moviegoing public in the way that "The Sound of Music" did as it blended history, music, Austrian location filming, heartfelt emotion and the yodeling of Julie Andrews into a monster hit.

Now, Tom Santopietro has written the ultimate "Sound of Music" fan book with all the inside dope from behind the scenes stories of the filming in Austria and Hollywood to new interviews with Johannes von Trapp and others. Santopietro looks back at the real life story of Maria von Trapp, goes on to chronicle the sensational success of the Broadway musical, and recounts the story of the near cancellation of the film when the "Cleopatra" bankrupted 20th Century Fox. We all know that Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer played Maria and Captain Von Trapp, but who else had been considered?

Tom Santopietro knows and will tell all while providing a historian's critical analysis of the careers of director Robert Wise and screenwriter Ernest Lehman, a look at the critical controversy which greeted the movie, the film's relationship to the turbulent 1960s and the super stardom which engulfed Julie Andrews. Tom Santopietro's "The Story of 'The Sound of Music'" is book for everyone who cherishes this American classic.

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

The Mark Twain House & Museum and Grymm Studios presents Springtime Steampunk Social: An afternoon of Tea, Steam, Songs and Sweets

Saturday, May 30, 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Steampunk will once again invade The Mark Twain House & Museum in the form of an old-fashioned tea party in Hal Holbrook Hall. On Saturday, May 30, from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m., guests are invited to come in costume, try some tea, and hobnob with delightful members of the Steampunk community.

This Steampunk Social, hosted by Grymm Studios, features Nikki Woolfolk, Author & Chocolatier, the musical styling of Venus Lens Cap, plus a showing of the award winning short film 1873: the Insidious Intrigue by Chronophotograph Studios. The event will include a Victorian-style afternoon tea with delectable treats. Attendees are encouraged to come in costume, but it is not required. 

Tours of The Mark Twain House will be available at 11:00 a.m. and at 3:00 p.m.

And just what is "Steampunk"? Steampunk is the future as imagined through the eyes of the past. It is mechanical gears and boilers, dirtiness mixed with shininess of brass and copper with the deep red of cherrywood. It is a time for tea and gadgets, airships and ether. Steampunk is a trip to the moon through the barrel of a cannon. It is progeny of Jules Verne and H. G. Wells finding their voice in fiction, fashion and music. Steampunk is all of these things and more. One doesn't need to go to the store to buy Steampunk. The do-it-yourself mentality reigns freely. Steampunk is what you make it, but one might want to bring some brass goggles along for the ride.  One of the literary works that inspired the Steampunk movement is Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court.

Tickets are $15/$10 MTH&M Members. If you want to include a tour of The Mark Twain House, the additional cost is only $5.00. Please call (860) 280-3130 or clickhere.

A Conversation with Best-Selling Author James Patterson

Wednesday, June 17, 7:30 p.m.

Continuing The Mark Twain House & Museum's tradition of presenting the best-selling authors of all time (Stephen King in 2013 and Dan Brown in 2014), it's a pleasure to announce that James Patterson will appearing in Hartford as a benefit for the museum.

James Patterson is the world's best-selling author since 2001 and has over 300 million copies of his books in print.  In January, 2010, The New York Times Magazine featured James Patterson on its cover and hailed him as having "transformed book publishing," and Time magazine has called him as "The Man Who Can't Miss."

It's a rare on-stage appearance for Patterson, who will engage in conversation with WNPR's Ray Hardman, and it's a special opportunity for his many fans.This incredible event will take place right across the street from the Mark Twain House at Immanuel Congregational Church, 10 Woodland Street, Hartford. Free parking is available in the parking lots at The Mark Twain House & Museum and in the church's Woodland Street lot.

This rare public appearance is certain to sell out, so be sure to order early!

This event is generously supported by The Hartford.

Ticket prices are $60. They are $50 for members of The Mark Twain House. There will be a limited number of $175 VIP tickets available that include a pre-event reception at the Town and County Club (22 Woodland Street, Hartford--right next door to Immanuel Congregational Church) with an opportunity to meet and chat with James Patterson; premium VIP seating at the event; and a pre-signed copy of one of James Patterson's books.

To purchase tickets, please call (860) 280-3130. The link to buy tickets online can be found here.

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