Daily Free Tours for all Hartford Residents Through 2018

The Mark Twain House & Museum announces a special, limited-time opportunity for residents of the City of Hartford: daily free tours of the Twain House. Through the end of 2018, all residents in a City of Hartford ZIP code can visit the museum and take a regular tour of the landmark Mark Twain House for […]

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Notes from the Carriage House: A Writer’s City

Hannah Rose, Writing Intern February 2018 In 1871, having traveled the United States from coast to coast, explored the Sandwich Islands, Africa, much of Europe, and the Mediterranean, Mark Twain still found Hartford, Connecticut a handsome city. Drawn to the population of intellectuals in the area, he eventually settled into the western edge of Hartford […]

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Notes From the Carriage House: A Touching Moment

A Touching Moment in the Mark Twain House Hannah Rose – Writing Intern January 2018 I don’t remember my exact age when I first walked into the Mark Twain House. It was the kind of class trip where no-one seemed interested in the facts, none of us had read Mark Twain with much gusto, but […]

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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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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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