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    November 2017

    National Read-a-Thon: The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine

    November 4, 2017 • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Come hear a costumed “Samuel Clemens,” among others, read from Mark Twain’s previously unfinished fairy tale, The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine, which has been brought to life by author Philip Stead and illustrator Erin Stead, creators of the Caldecott Medal-winning A Sick Day for Amos McGee. After the reading, there will be a discussion of the story and a Question & Answer session, followed by a free raffle drawing. Prizes include a copy of the beautiful hardcover book and “Prince…

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    Free Day for Hartford Residents

    November 19, 2017 • 9:30 am - 5:30 pm

    On Sunday, November 19, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., The Hartford is sponsoring a Free Admission Day for Hartford residents. Hartford residents can simply plunk down proof of residency at the front desk to enjoy the tour of Twain’s extraordinary Gilded Age home with knowledgeable, eloquent guides; to see the elegant, recently restored Mahogany Room guest suite; to take in the museum’s exhibition on this important restoration, Renewing the Royal Chamber; and view the funny and furious Twain’s Temper…

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    December 2017

    Nook Farm Holidays

    December 3, 2017 • 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

    Find your holiday spirit at Hartford’s Nook Farm, 19th-century home to authors Harriet Beecher Stowe and Mark Twain. Tour the Stowe and Twain houses, both National Historic Landmarks decorated for the season. Regular admission fees apply; visit both homes and save $3. Visitors to the Mark Twain House will be greeted by Living History actors sharing key elements of Clemens family Christmases and interpretive staff ready to share family lore. Events and activities at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center run…

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    It’s a Wonderful Life: A Life Radio Play

    December 9, 2017 • 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    Herstory Theater & The Mark Twain House & Museum present: IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A Live Radio Play by Joe Landry George Bailey, Zuzu, Clarence the Angel, and grumpy old Mr. Potter are turning Hartford into Bedford Falls this year!  The classic holiday film springs to life in a fun radio-show performance, complete with a sound-effects artist! The Mark Twain House & Museum Lincoln Financial Auditorium Produced by Special Arrangement with Playscripts, Inc. (www.playscripts.com) Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for children. Click HERE to…

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    January 2018

    Free Admission for Hartford Residents on Martin Luther King Day

    January 15 • 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

    We're opening the doors of the Mark Twain House to all Hartford residents on Martin Luther King Day! Come get a free tour of one of National Geographic's "Ten Best Historic Houses," and the place where The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court were written. Simply bring proof of Hartford residency to the Main Ticket Desk in the lobby of the Visitor Center. Specialty tours are not included in this offer. Free Admission Days are made possible thanks…

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    March 2018

    OH What a Move! An Evening with Hartford’s Basketball Greats

    March 7 • 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Please join us for a special evening with the authors -- and several of the subjects -- of the 2017 book OH What a Move!: Profiles of Hartford Basketball Players 1954-1984. Co-authors Mike Copeland and Howie Greenblatt will moderate a panel discussion featuring Hartford basketball greats Greg Davis, Randy LaVigne, Dr. John Norman, and George Davis, all of whom are profiled in the book. The FREE event marks the museum's participation in the 2018 Brackets for Good fundraising competition among area…

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    June 2018

    Tom Sawyer Day 2018

    June 9 • 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

    Join us on Connecticut Open House Day 2018 for Tom Sawyer Day, our annual family event! Mark Twain wrote The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, published in 1876, when he lived with his family in Hartford. We'll have arts and crafts and Victorian games, including croquet on the lawn. Music provided by the Riverboat Ramblers, Horizon Blue, and Kids In Tune. Family-friendly events include a frog demonstration by the Children’s Museum in the auditorium at 11 am and mask making in…

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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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