Clemens Conversations: DECKING THE HALLS & TRIMMING THE TREE (Virtual)

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December 19, 2022 • 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


“Xmas was invented to knock out the health & strength accumulated in the previous 11 months & shorten people’s lives 10 per cent a year – it does its work & accomplishes its mission with fiendish certainty.”

While Sam Clemens may have joked about finding Christmas preparations a bit tiring, his daughter Clara fondly remembered the “royal preparations for Christmastide” each year in their Hartford home. This program explores how every member of the household helped to get the home ready for Christmas, as well as the meals they ate, the stories they read, and the games they played.

This program is delivered live from inside the historic home itself, which is completely transformed for the holiday season. At the end of the presentation, you will be able to ask any questions you want about the home and family, and request our roving camera-person show you any part of the home that you want!

This program will not be recorded or available for later replay. It is a live program only.

Streaming Admission: $10. Free for museum members. REGISTER HERE.


Programs at The Mark Twain House & Museum are made possible in part by support from CT Humanities; the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts; Ensworth Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee; the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s United Arts Campaign; The Hartford; The Mark Twain Foundation; The National Endowment for the Humanities; and Travelers. 


December 19, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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