Friends of the Mark Twain House & Museum

The Friends' mission is to support the preservation of The Mark Twain House through the development and sponsorship of fundraising events. We are dedicated to promoting and sharing all aspects of this American treasure.

History of The Friends:
The Friends of The Mark Twain House & Museum is the volunteer organization that has supported the museum for more than 50 years.

It began as the Women’s Committee in 1952 when, according to then-President Walter K. Schwinn, the Board of Trustees sought to add to its membership “women with the time for and interest in planning benefits, cataloging acquisitions and organizing membership campaigns.”

In 1993, the Women’s Committee celebrated its 41st anniversary. At that time, the name was changed to Friends of The Mark Twain Memorial, reflecting a membership that now included men. From 40 initial members, the membership had grown to over 200 diversified members. In 2003, the organization adopted the name Friends of The Mark Twain House & Museum.

Today, the Holiday House Tour is sponsored by Friends of the Mark Twain House & Museum and features Mark Twain’s own 25-room mansion as well as several impressive private homes in the area. Since 1967, this successful event and other fundraising efforts have allowed the Friends to contribute approximately $1,000,000 to the operating funds of The Mark Twain House & Museum.

Fundraising Events

Wine Tasting - September 17, 2016; 6-8 pm (SOLD OUT!)

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do…” (H. Jackson Brown) so don’t miss the Friends Wine Tasting on September 17, 2016.  We red and white wines, delicious appetizers, decadent desserts, and chocolates from 6-8 p.m. in the Hal Holbrook Hall at the Mark Twain Museum Center. 

Some examples of the whites are  2014 Pino Grigio Univorn from Alta Adige, Italy,  2013 Snoqualimie Organic Riesling, Washington State ( Wine Enthusiast 87 points)

2014    Chardonnay, Carneros, Napa Valley (Wine Enthusiast 89 Points June, 2016)

2011    Merlot Napa Valley Wine Enthusiast - 89 points Wine Spectator - 88 point

            James Suckling on 2011 Vintage Family Release and Limited Release

This event was made possible by the generous donations of our Sponsors:

Charles Krug Vineyards,

Jacobson Family of South Windsor

Whole Foods

BG Catering: A component of the Billy Grant Restaurant Group

Taylor Rentals


All proceeds benefit the Mark Twain House & Museum.

For more information, Email the Friends at or call 860-557-1893. 

We look forward to seeing members and ask you to invite friends to enjoy the evening and introduce them to our organization.  

Fall Membership Meeting - October 18, 2016, featuring guest speaker Sara Bronin. Sara is an architect, attorney, and one of the foremost scholars of historic preservation and renewable energy. She has received multiple awards for the design and restoration of her Civil War-era brownstone in Hatrford, which was featured on The Friends' 2013 Holiday House Tour.

Friends Meeting - November 5, 2016 at Theater Works. Lunch and a matinee performance of Relativity by Mark St. Germain.

Please consider joining the Friends!  For more information, contact us at To become a member, simply print this application and mail it with your check to the address on the form. Thank you! 


Officers 2016 – 2017

PresidentKaren Licht
Vice PresidentCarolyn D. Vallieres
Recording SecretaryJoDee Krejmas
Corresponding SecretaryBarbara Zyla
TreasurerAnnette Bolt



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