Mark Twain House Seeks Submissions for $25,000 Literature Prize

Hartford, Conn. – The Mark Twain House & Museum is inviting submissions from publishers and others for the Mark Twain American Voice in Literature Award, which carries a $25,000 prize. Two runners-up will each receive $1,000. The award will be made in Fall 2017. Mark Twain House trustee and best-selling author David Baldacci conceived and […]

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Mark Twain House Elects Michael R. Chesman to its Board of Trustees

November 18, 2016 — The Mark Twain House & Museum is pleased to announce that Michael R. Chesman has been elected to its Board of Trustees. Chesman is senior vice president, associate general counsel, and director of tax law at The Hartford. Before joining The Hartford, Chesman was director of the Office of Professional Responsibility […]

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Capital Classics presents The War of the Worlds

Friday, October 28, Friday 10/28, & Saturday 10/29 at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, October 30, at 2:00 p.m. Prepared to be scared with this radio theatre performance of H. G. Wells’s classic The War of The Worlds!  Watch as the Capital Classics performers and a sound-effects specialist put on a show made for radio right in […]

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The 2016 Family Series at The Mark Twain House & Museum Provides Laughter for Young and Old with COMMEDIA MANIA

On Saturday, October 8, the classic Italian art of commedia dell’arte gets a modern twist for family audiences at The Mark Twain House & Museum. Starting at 2:00 p.m., the troupe COMMEDIA MANIA will provide a show of masks, laughs, slapstick, and shameless theatrical nonsense. This energetic comic troupe performs traditional stories and sendups of timeless […]

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“Wheresoever She Was, There Was Eden”

Living History Tour Highlight; Fourth of Four The last tour I was lucky enough to experience was led by the great romance of Sam Clemens’s life: his wife and editor, Olivia “Livy” Langdon Clemens. Beautifully costumed in ornate, period-appropriate dress, the character brings to life the loving, intelligent persona who captured the heart of the […]

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Guest Blog: An Interview with Journalist / Author Susan Campbell About Writing at The Mark Twain House & Museum

By Alexis Zinkerman Author and Hartford Courant columnist Susan Campbell will be the celebrity guest writer on September 22 for Writing in Mark Twain’s Library. Campbell is the author of Dating Jesus: A Story of Fundamentalism, Feminism and the American Girl (Beacon Press, 2010) and Tempest Tossed: The Spirit of Isabella Beecher Hooker (Garnet Books […]

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Listen Up as Lizzie Wills Tells All

Living History Tour Highlight — Third of Four The emphasis on the significance of the House to the Clemenses proved to be an important trend throughout all the Living History tours; but this is not to say they are all the same. My next journey through the Nook Farm home was led by gossipy house-maid, […]

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Nearly a Lifetime with Mark Twain

Living History Tour Highlight — Second of Four My week of living history started off under the capable guidance of one Katy Leary, the ever loyal lady’s maid to the Clemens family. Asking to check tickets in a voice accented ever so slightly by her Irish family roots, Katy Leary is the complete experience from the […]

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Old Faces Bring New Life to The Mark Twain House & Museum

Living History Tour Highlight; First of Four The man who lived at 351 Farmington Avenue between 1874 and 1891 was known to many people as many things. To some “Sam,” to others “Mark,” both “Mr. Clemens” and “Mr. Twain,” even occasionally “sir;” to his daughters he was “Papa;” to his wife he was always “Youth, […]

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