Community Outreach Programs

Looking for a fun, informative event for your library, book club or historical society?

The Mark Twain House & Museum can bring you distinctive, entertaining and interactive presentations on Mark Twain’s life, work, interests, and era. If you are looking for a program on literature, history, culture and/or social justice, we can provide a presentation that is sure to delight and educate. Depending on resources and topic, we can also develop new programs specifically for your group. Book your program today by calling our Director of Education:

Dr. James Golden
call 860-280-3146 or email

Outreach Programs

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: An American Story - $150 plus mileage*

This presentation reaffirms the importance of Mark Twain’s masterpiece by placing it within the context of the larger history of race relations in America from slavery to the modern Civil Rights Movement. It also demonstrates how the book continues to be a catalyst for positive social change. 60 minutes.

Stowe & Twain: Effecting Social Change - $300 plus mileage*

During this program, representatives from both the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center and Mark Twain House and Museum will place Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in proper historical context to enhance understanding for how these books had such a profound influence on race relations in the United States over the past 150 years, and why they continue to have relevance to our cross-cultural dialog even today.
60 minutes.

Mark Twain -- America’s Master Storyteller - $75 plus mileage*

This 20-minute program introduces Mark Twain to a younger audience, and allows them to actually try to do what Twain did best: make up stories! The program features Twain’s love of animals, particularly cats, and shows how all kinds of different critters inspired many of his most famous and humorous tales. Just as Twain created nightly bedtime stories for his three daughters using for inspiration the bric-a-brac on the mantel in the library of his home, so too will students be asked to collaboratively improvise the telling of a new story based on a selection of Victorian objects that they may have never seen before. The results are certainly creative, but they are also almost always hilarious! 30 minutes.

Mark Twain in the Margins - $150 plus mileage*

Mark Twain had a lifelong habit of writing in the margins of the books he read – and it didn’t always matter whether the book actually belonged to him. He commented acerbically on the authors and their work – “by an ass” was a favorite phrase – and made other, longer comments that tell us a lot about the man and the thoughts that led to his most famous writings. His marginalia have been called his “conversation” with the books he was reading, and there are many examples of this in the library collection of The Mark Twain House & Museum. Mallory Howard has made a particular study of them – and was involved in the recent discovery of a whole new set of marginal comments.

Book your program today!

To reserve a Mark Twain House & Museum educational program, call Executive Assistant Lynn Gregor at (860) 280-3104. These programs can be scheduled on a mutually agreeable date and are generally available year-round during the day or early evening.


*mileage is calculated at $0.55 per mile, round trip



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