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November 2018

West End Book Series: Michele K. Troy

November 28 • 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

The Mark Twain House & Museum continues its new West End Wednesdays Book Talk Series, on November 28 with writer Michele Troy. Troy is professor of English at Hillyer College at the University of Hartford. Her book, Strange Bird: The Albatross Press and the Third Reich, tells the story of how the Nazi regime tolerated the Albatross press—for both economic and propaganda gains—and how Albatross exploited its insider position to keep Anglo-American books alive under fascism. Reception with cash bar…

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The Trouble Begins: Stowe’s ‘Pets of the Parlor’: Domesticated Birds and Animal Rights in Nook Farm

November 29 • 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

This event has been rescheduled to THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29, because of bad weather forecast for Thursday, November 15. Dr. Catherine Burton, Program Manager for School and Writing Programs for The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, talks about “Stowe’s ‘Pets of the Parlor’: Domesticated Birds and Animal Rights in Nook Farm.” The Mark Twain House & Museum is collaborating with its next-door neighbor, The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, for the Autumn and Winter program of its popular scholarly lecture series, The Trouble Begins at 5:30.…

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Mark Twain Birthday Lecture: Nicholson Baker

November 30 • 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

In honor of Mark Twain’s birthday November 30, 1835,  Nicholson Baker, the critically acclaimed, best-selling author of 10 novels and five nonfiction books, will talk about his writing career and his love of Mark Twain with Jennifer LaRue, Director of Writing Programs at The Mark Twain House & Museum.  Baker's books include The Mezzanine, Vox, U & I, and, most recently, Substitute: Going to School with a Thousand Kids.  Baker, like Twain, is a keen observer of the human condition, and…

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December 2018

Friends of the Mark Twain House & Museum Holiday House Tour

December 2 • 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

The Friends of The Mark Twain House & Museum will hold its 38th annual Holiday House Tour on Sunday, December 2, 2018, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Homes may be visited in any order during the event. Visit the Mark Twain House and the private homes of Michael Peck, Susan and Gary Bazzano, Brooke and Ted Whittemore, and Sheila and John D'Agostino.  The Mark Twain House will be decorated for a late-19th-century Christmas and the private homes will be…

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Frank Rizzo – 10 Things To Know Before You See Hamilton – Encore Presentation

December 4 • 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Back by popular demand! The national tour of the blockbuster musical Hamilton will have a three-week run in Hartford at the Bushnell in December.  Variety theater critic and Connecticut arts writer Frank Rizzo presents his audio-visual presentation, which describes the back story of the show’s creation, discusses how the artistic team developed the work over time, reveals how accurate the musical is to history, and talks about Hamilton’s impact on education, politics, and culture. By breaking down a song or two, Rizzo will also…

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Bros Before Prose: Twichell and Twain

December 5 • 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Celebrate the 40-Year Friendship of The Rev. Joseph Twichell and Mark Twain Reception at 5 p.m. with cake and cash bar Program starts 5:30 p.m. Free. Goodwill donations accepted. Twain scholar Kerry Driscoll moderates a panel discussion about Mark Twain and his best friend, Joe Twichell, pastor of Asylum Hill Congregational Church with Steve Courtney, Craig Hotchkiss and Andrew Walsh. They were as close as brothers, their families socialized, and Twichell influenced the celebrated writer’s work. Steve Courtney, curatorial consultant and author…

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Get A Clue Murder Mystery House Tours

December 14 • 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Tours leave every 15 minutes from 7 to 7:45 p.m. Get A Clue Murder Mystery Tours take participants through the various rooms (secret passageway, conservatory, billiards room, and more) of the Twain house — and some of the author’s favorite literary characters — as part of the game. Who killed that varmint Pap Finn? Was it Tom Sawyer in the Library with the Wrench? Merlin in the Billiard Room with the Knife? The Pauper in the Kitchen with the Rope? Play our…

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