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September Newsletter: The Rest of the Stories

Posted to Curatorial on August 27th, 2017

Friends Mark 50 YearsOn September 25, 1967, the late Fran Gordon, a whirlwind transplanted from Texas to Hartford, gathered a group of women together to found the Women's Committee of the Mark Twain Memorial, now the Friends of The Mark Twain Ho...

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Mark Twain's Mosque Lamp and Mahogany Bed: What Do Objects Tell Us About Authors?

Posted to Education on November 28th, 2016

A brass mosque lamp dangles from the ceiling. Its cut glass ornaments glitter in the same soft light that glows on the sparkling metallic paint stenciled into a Moorish pattern on the dark walls. This distinctly Islamic interior is not from an ancien...

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"Wheresoever She Was, There Was Eden"

Posted to Curatorial on August 22nd, 2016

Living History Tour Highlight; Fourth of FourThe last tour I was lucky enough to experience was led by the great romance of Sam Clemens’s life: his wife and editor, Olivia “Livy” Langdon Clemens. Beautifully costumed in ornate, peri...

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Guest Blog: An Interview with Journalist/Author Susan Campbell About Writing at The Mark Twain House & Museum

Posted to Writing on August 20th, 2016

Guest Blog: An interview with Susan CampbellBy Alexis ZinkermanAuthor and Hartford Courant columnist Susan Campbell will be the celebrity guest writer on September 22 for Writing in Mark Twain’s Library.Campbell is the author of Dating Jesus: A...

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Listen Up as Lizzie Wills Tells All

Posted to Curatorial on August 15th, 2016

Living History Tour Highlight; Third of FourThe emphasis on the significance of the House to the Clemenses proved to be an important trend throughout all the Living History tours; but this is not to say they are all the same. My next journey through ...

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Nearly a Lifetime with Mark Twain

Posted to Curatorial on August 8th, 2016

Living History Tour Highlight; Second of FourMy week of living history started off under the capable guidance of one Katy Leary, the ever loyal lady’s maid to the Clemens family. Asking to check tickets in a voice accented ever so slightly by h...

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Old Faces Bring New Life to The Mark Twain House & Museum

Posted to Curatorial on August 1st, 2016

Living History Tour Highlight; First of FourThe man who lived at 351 Farmington Avenue between 1874 and 1891 was known to many people as many things. To some “Sam,” to others “Mark,” both “Mr. Clemens” and “M...

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Guest Blog: An Interview with Journalist and Author Kara Sundlun About Writing at The Mark Twain House & Museum

Posted to Writing on July 5th, 2016

Journalist Kara Sundlun Talks About How Helpful The Mark Twain House & Museum Writing Programs Have Been to Her Having the Mark Twain House in our own community is invaluable if you want to write a book. - Kara Sundlun, News Anchor, WFSB- Ch...

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Art & Essay Contest in the Spirit of Twain

Posted to Education on June 29th, 2016

Whenever I enjoy anything in art it means that it is mighty poor. The private knowledge of this fact has saved me from going to pieces with enthusiasm in front of many and many a chromo.--Mark Twain, 1891Fortunately, Mark Twain’s art knowledge ...

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What We Can Learn From Huck Finn?

Posted to Education on June 6th, 2016

A classroom on a hot early summer day. Twenty-five sophomores who would rather be outside than listening to me trying to convince them that Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is worth reading. I decided to be upfront with my passion:“This is one of...

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Writer's Block?

Posted to Writing on May 17th, 2016

Is writer's block a real thing?People who don't write for a living are the only ones who really can afford to be stymied by writer's block, to be rendered paralyzed, unable to put word to paper or keystroke to screen. But in my experience, those whos...

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The Man Who Lived in Mark Twain's Bedroom

Posted to Curatorial on May 12th, 2016

The Mark Twain House has gone through many changes since the Clemenses sold their beautiful mansion in 1903. It was purchased by the Bissell family, who updated the house with new elements such as electricity and new flooring. In 1917, the Bissells r...

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So much to do!

Posted to Writing on April 15th, 2016

Mark Twain teaches us so much about writing. You should read him....

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