Art & Essay Contest in the Spirit of Twain

Whenever I enjoy anything in art it means that it is mighty poor. The private knowledge of this fact has saved me from going to pieces with enthusiasm in front of many and many a chromo. —Mark Twain, 1891 Fortunately, Mark Twain’s art knowledge does not dominate our museum, which is currently exhibiting works produced […]

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What We Can Learn From Huck Finn?

A classroom on a hot early summer day. Twenty-five sophomores who would rather be outside than listening to me trying to convince them that Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is worth reading. I decided to be upfront with my passion: “This is one of my favorite books. It is incredible. I know it is hard to […]

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Writer’s Block?

Is writer’s block a real thing? People who don’t write for a living are the only ones who really can afford to be stymied by writer’s block, to be rendered paralyzed, unable to put word to paper or keystroke to screen. But in my experience, those whose livelihoods depend upon their spitting words out with […]

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The Man Who Lived in Mark Twain’s Bedroom

The Mark Twain House has gone through many changes since the Clemenses sold their beautiful mansion in 1903. It was purchased by the Bissell family, who updated the house with new elements such as electricity and new flooring. In 1917, the Bissells rented the house to the Kingswood School for boys. In 1922, it was […]

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