Friends of the Mark Twain House Re-Dedicate Fran Gordon Memorial Garden

The Friends of the Mark Twain House will rededicate a garden in memory of Fran Gordon, the irrepressible founder of The Friends, on Saturday, June 16, at 3:30 pm. The event is free and open to the public. Fran was a tireless promoter of Hartford and, especially, The Mark Twain House.  Starting in 1967, she organized […]

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Twain Scholar Kevin Mac Donnell to Lecture at the Mark Twain House May 30

Kevin Mac Donnell is a leading Mark Twain scholar and collector of books and memorabilia who lives in Austin, Texas.  He’ll be speaking May 30 in The Trouble Begins at 5:30 pm free lecture series on the topic, Was Huck Quaker? Mac Donnell’s entrepreneurial spirit was launched at age 8 in his swampy backyard in Houston […]

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NEH Helps Preserve the House & Its Books

Thanks to a Preservation Assistance Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mark Twain House & Museum was able to purchase 16 new data loggers for the historic  House, as well as an exterior logger, to monitor temperature and humidity via Bluetooth. Such monitoring is essential to maintain and preserve this important and […]

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Free Admission Exchange between Mark Twain House and Mystic Seaport

Two of Connecticut’s top tourist destinations, The Mark Twain House & Museum and Mystic Seaport, have announced a reciprocal admission deal for May and June. Anyone with a valid membership to either museum is eligible for free admission for a member couple and all children ages 17 and younger. Present your valid membership card and […]

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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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New Gardener Joins Mark Twain House & Museum

Christie Kuriger is the new Gardens and Grounds Coordinator for the Mark Twain House & Museum.  She has been working for many months with Laura Barnett Goldberg who previously held the position. Christie completed a Master Gardener program through Cornell Cooperative Extension. “The climates and syllabus are similar and I was able to get that […]

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Mark Twain House welcomes Donna Larcen to the Staff

Donna Larcen has joined The Mark Twain House & Museum as a Communications Specialist. The Arts Editor at the Hartford Courant for many years, Larcen grew up in Philadelphia and graduated from Temple University with an undergraduate degree in journalism and master’s in education (curriculum theory).  She still writes features for Hartford Magazine, The Courant’s glossy monthly.  She […]

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Writers: Work on Your Craft in Mark Twain’s Library in 2018

Here’s a rare chance to spend three hours in Mark Twain’s personal library to work on your writing project. Take inspiration from the house where Twain wrote Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur’s Court. The focal point in the library is the oak mantel from […]

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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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Mark My Words: Matt Taibbi & Colin McEnroe April 12

Mark Twain House Presents Mark My Words: Matt Taibbi and Colin McEnroe, April 12, 7:30 pm Matt Taibbi and Colin McEnroe, two smart and funny writers in the tradition of Mark Twain, will share the stage April 12 in the Mark My Words series. The conversation begins at 7:30 pm at The Mark Twain House […]

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Mark Twain House Takes Education Outreach to Maryland

On Monday, February 12, 2018, The Mark Twain House & Museum’s Director of Education, Dr. James Golden, traveled to Potomac, Maryland, to work with the teachers and students of The Bullis School. Their 11th-grade classes were reading Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and the school engaged the museum to support this effort. Dr. Golden lead classes through […]

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