Meet The Baldacci Challenge


Gala keynote speaker David Baldacci was honored, with his wife Michelle, for his $1 million donation and long service on the board of trustees. Marie Cowan Photography


We are extremely grateful to David and Michelle Baldacci for their $1 million gift to The Mark Twain House & Museum. A portion of this gift has been set aside to fund a challenge grant encouraging our friends and supporters to make a donation. For each donation we receive during the challenge grant period, which runs through the end of our fiscal year, January 31, 2020, the Baldaccis will match each gift, dollar for dollar, up to $100,000.

Please help us meet this challenge! Along with David and Michelle Baldacci, you can help ensure the legacy of Mark Twain and his historic Hartford home for years to come.

The Baldaccis were honored guests at the annual gala on November 2.

Thank you for your gift. Donate here.

See gala photos by Marie Cowan Photography.

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See Hartford Courant gallery of gala photes.


Tuesday, December 17, 7 p.m.

The Mark Twain Birthday Lecture: Cartoonist Bob Mankoff

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December 11, 5-7 p.m.

The Trouble Begins: Who Was George Griffin?

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See for Yourself

Mark Twain is one of our nation's defining cultural figures.

The Mark Twain House & Museum has restored the author’s Hartford, Connecticut, home, where the author and his family lived from 1874 to 1891. Twain wrote his most important works during the years he lived there, including Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. In addition to providing tours of Twain’s restored home, a National Historic Landmark, the institution offers activities and educational programs that illuminate Twain’s literary legacy and provide information about his life and times.

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Twain Quotes

  • "Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest."

  • "Nothing so needs reforming as other people’s habits."

  • "The man with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds."

The House

The Word Never Had So Much Meaning Before

About The House

The Museum

Learn More About Twain's Life

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Mark Twain

A Life Lived in a Changing World

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