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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Featured Event

The Gift of Gab

December 13 • 7:30 pm9:30 pm



Master storytellers Matt Dicks, Chion Wolf, and Terry Wolfisch Cole take the stage to share storytelling tips for improving your holiday-gathering conversations.

Matthew Dicks s the internationally bestselling author of the novels Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend, Something Missing and Unexpectedly, Milo, The Perfect Comeback of Caroline Jacobs, and the upcoming The Other Mother. His novels have been translated into more than 25 languages worldwide. He is also the author of the rock opera The Clowns and the musicals Caught in the Middle, Sticks & Stones, and Summertime. He is the humor columnist for Seasons magazine and has published work in The Hartford Courant, Reader’sDigest, Parents magazine, The Huffington Post, and The Christian Science Monitor. He has also written comic books for DoubleTake Comics.When not hunched over a computer screen, he fills his days as an elementary school teacher, a storyteller, a blogger, a wedding DJ, a minister, and a life coach. He has been teaching for 20 years and is a former West Hartford Teacher of the Year and a finalist for Connecticut Teacher of the Year.Matthew is a 32-time Moth StorySLAM champion and four-time GrandSLAM champion whose stories have been featured on their nationally syndicated Moth Radio Hour and their weekly podcast.Matthew is also the founder and creative director of Speak Up, a Hartford-based storytelling organization that produces shows throughout New England. He teaches storytelling and public speaking throughout the world to individuals, corporations, school districts, and more. He has most recently taught at Yale University, The University of Connecticut Law School. Purdue University, Kripalu Yoga and Health Center, and Graded School in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Chion Wolf is the technical producer, announcer, photographer, and personality with WNPR and the Colin McEnroe Show. She produces and hosts The Mouth-Off – a live storytelling event at the Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, and a live advice show at Sea Tea Improv’s underground comedy theater, “CHION WOLF’S ADVICE SHOW”. She is also an actor and on the Board of Directors for Night Fall, Inc., a yearly Hartford-based public performance with Anne Cubberly’s giant puppets, dancers, and music, and she is the founder of “Pedal to the Medal”, an annual 26-mile bike ride which benefits Hartford’s only bicycle co-op, BiCi Co.Wolf is a founding member of the Hartford-based marching band, the Hartford Hot Several, where she plays the trash can bass drum. Chion is also a certified judge with the International Chili Society, and is unapologetic about her love for onions.

Terry Wolfisch Cole is the founder of Tell Me Another, a series of personal storytelling shows and workshops, in the Hartford area. She began telling her own stories on stage with an unexpected win at her first Moth StorySLAM in 2016, and followed it quickly with a GrandSLAM championships. Since then, Terry has told stories at the Moth in Boston, New York, Miami, and Vermont. She has appeared on the Moth Radio Hour and the Risk! podcast, and has been featured in the pages of Readers Digest and the Hartford Courant. Terry wears many hats, including writer, yogi, baker, wife, mother, expat New Yorker, rabid Springsteen fan, cutthroat mah jongg player, tequila drinker, and potty mouth.


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Writing in Mark Twain's Library: Special Holiday Edition!

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Book/Mark with Susanne Davis: "Using Stories to Make A Difference"


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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."

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