Events & Programs

A Rich Selection of Activities for Young and Old and In Between

Mark Twain loved a good circus, and so do we. So we are proud to present a rich array of events that range from the "Trouble Begins at 5:30" lecture series, to the "Tapping into Twain" Oktoberfest, to the many family activities such as Tom Sawyer Day and the Ice Cream Social, to our spooky Graveyard Shift ghost tours, to our Mark My Words event and other appearances by major authors – and much, much more. So have a look through the year ahead by clicking on the tabs below.

Mar

March


# The Trouble Begins at 5:30: Twain as Public Intellectual: Laughs, Limits, and Lessons

Thursday, March 2, 5:00 Reception, 5:30 Lecture

Prof. Benjamin Railton will speak on Mark Twain's role as a public intellectual. This lecture will examine how the public Mark Twain, as both humorist and critic, can be used as a lens through which we can view all aspects of our society, both good and bad.

Ben Railton is Professor of English & American Studies, Fitchburg State University, Fitchburg, Massachusetts. He is the author of several books on American history and literature, including History and Hope in American Literature: Models of Critical Patriotism (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016) and Contesting the Past, Reconstructing the Nation: American Literature and Culture in the Gilded Age, 1876-1893 (University of Alabama Press, 2007).  He also produces a daily American Studies blog (americanstudier.blogspot.com) and is a contributor to sites such as The Huffington Post and We're History.

 

The Trouble Begins at 5:30 Lecture Series is sponsored by Connecticut Humanities and Salute Restaurant.

This event is presented at no cost but reservations are highly suggested. Call (860) 247-0998 or to reserve tickets click here.

# CLUE Murder Mystery House Tours

Friday, March 10, Tours leave every 15 minutes from 7 to 7:45 p.m.

CLUE Mystery Murder Tours of the Mark Twain House

 

CLUE!

CLUE Murder Mystery Tours take participants through the various rooms (secret passageway, conservatory, billiards room, and more) of the Twain house -- and some of the author's favorite literary characters -- as part of the game. 

Who killed that varmint Pap Finn? Was it Tom Sawyer in the Library with the Wrench? Merlin in the Billiard Room with the Knife? The Pauper in the Kitchen with the Rope?

Play our live-action version of the classic board game CLUE in an hour-long tour featuring the famed comedy troupe SEA TEA IMPROV as Twain's beloved characters/suspects. CLUE Tours provide all the murder, mayhem, and merriment you expect in a whodunit. Our Clue Tours were featured on an episode of the Travel Channel show "Wackiest Tours!"

Sea Tea Improv is an improv comedy company, professionally trained by Hartford Stage Company, ImprovBoston, and the Upright Citizens Brigade in New York, that dazzles Hartford and beyond on a regular basis with its witty interpretations of audience suggestions.  The troupe performs short improvised games and long improvised plays at public & private functions, teach classes to students of all ages, and train professionals in the art of communication. They've performed all over Connecticut, New England, and up and down the Eastern Seaboard.

This event is supported by Webster Bank.

Reservations are required, and tours sell out, so please book early.

Tickets are $24; museum members are $17; children 6 to 17 are $15.  

Lets Go Arts program members are entitled to a discount; click the ticket-purchase link below to learn more.

To purchase tickets call 860- 247-0998 or click HERE!

# Susy's Birthday Party!

Sunday, March 19, 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Come help Mark Twain’s oldest daughter, Susy Clemens, celebrate her birthday! 

susy's birthday table

Registered guests will attend a special birthday celebration in the Carriage House Barn and meet costumed characters, including Mark Twain, his wife Livy, and their daughter and birthday girl Susy Clemens.  Party activities include Victorian parlor games, crafts, birthday cake, story time, and mini-tours of the Mark Twain House.

Sponsored by The Hartford

Reservations are required, and this event may sell out, so please book early.

Tickets are $5 per person.  This event is geared to elementary school-aged children, grades 3 to 6, and their caregivers.  

To purchase tickets call 860-247-0998 or click HERE!

# RESCHEDULED: Writing Class: Writing for Children with Pegi Deitz Shea NOW STARTS MARCH 20!

Monday, March 20, 6 to 8 p.m.

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$300 ($275 for MTH&M Members and Let's GO Arts! cardholders) Registration is limited; click here to sign up!

# Writing Class: Creating the Story Arc with Susanne Davis

Monday, March 20, 6 to 8 p.m.

Creating the Story Arc
with Susanne Davis
March 20-April 24, 6-8 p.m.

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$300 ($275 for MTH&M members and Let's GO Arts! cardholders)
Registration is limited; click here to sign up!

# TWO NEW EXHIBITIONS!

Thursday, March 23,

Two New Exhibitions Opening March 23, 2017

TWAIN'S TEMPER: Top Ten Tantrums & Righteous Rages

 

mark twain in hat

From the telephone to Yankee imperialism in the Philippines, this exhibition will explore what made Mark Twain mad. Dive into his eloquent, humane thunderings against injustice and his quirkier dislikes and irritations. Books, political cartoons, letters, and illustrations, arranged in imaginative and compelling ways, will be the components of this light-and-serious read-fest.

RENEWING THE ROYAL CHAMBER: The Clemenses' Mahogany Suite Reborn

mahogany suite

This exhibition coincides with the opening of the newly restored Mahogany Suite, opening to the public on December 4 as part of the Holiday House Tour festivities. The Clemenses' best guest suite was made up of a bedroom, dressing room, and bathroom with every modern convenience. W.D. Howells called it a "royal chamber," and Grace King compared it to the castle in "Beauty and the Beast." It was a Green Room for the family theatricals and a gift-wrapping station for Livy's charitable work. The restoration, made possible by the 2014 state bonding grant, involved a fascinating bout of detective work and a hunt for authentic fixtures and decor, ranging from a final decision on whether the bathtub had a shower, to what year Candace Wheeler produced her honeycomb wallpaper. An extraordinary, research-driven architectural firm and some legendary craftspeople have aided in this effort.

 

 

# Opening reception for Beauty and the Beast exhibitions

Thursday, March 23, 5:30 p.m.

Please Join Us

for the opening reception for

Beauty and the Beast:

twin exhibitions focusing on

the restoration of the Mahogany Suite and Mark Twain's famous temper

 Thursday, March 23

5:30 p.m.

Help us celebrate the opening of RENEWING THE ROYAL CHAMBERand TWAIN'S TEMPER: TOP TEN TANTRUMS & RIGHTEOUS RAGES

5:30 p.m.: Author Chip McCabe will sign copies of his new book 100 Things to do in Hartford Before You Die, and a number of businesses and organizations listed in his book will be represented at an open house in the Visitor Center’s Hal Holbrook Hall.

6:15 p.m. Opening remarks from Amy Gallent, Interim Executive Director, and Tracy Brindle, Beatrice Fox Auerbach Chief Curator.

The exhibitions are sponsored by United Technologies Corporation.

The event is free, but please click here to let us know you're coming!

# Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours

Saturday, March 25,

Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours!

Saturday, March 25.

Tours run at 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m, and 9 p.m.

Back by popular demand: Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours!

ghost tour image

Filled with haunted history, dark tales, and Victorian traditions surrounding seances and spiritualism, these nighttime tours are as educational as they are goosebump-inducing. Participants will hear lots of creepy tales -- and learn about Mark Twain's interest in the supernatural.

The Mark Twain House has been featured on Syfy Channel's Ghost Hunters and the Biography Channel's My Ghost Story.

The tours sell out fast, so be sure to call 860- 247-0998 soon to make your reservations!

The tours are sponsored by Tsunami Tsolutions.

Tickets are $25, $17 for children ages 6 to 16, and $20 for members of The Mark Twain House & Museum. Click here for tickets.

Can't make it this time? Ghost Tours will be offered on April 28 & 29, June 23 & 24, July 28 & 29, August 25 & 26, and October 6, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 & 28.

 

# The MOuTH Storytelling Series: "You Can't Always Get What You Want"

Friday, March 31, 7 to 9 p.m.

Did you ever want something that you didn't get?
Did you ever get something that you didn't want?

the mouth can't always get what you want

Whatever experience the saying "You Can't Always Get What You Want" makes you think of, come hear and tell stories about that very thing at The MOuTH, organized and hosted by Chion Wolf, at The Mark Twain House & Museum on
Friday, March 31, at 7:30 p.m.!


For information about how to submit a story and this year's The MOuTH schedule, click here.

 

Tickets are $12; each storyteller and his or her plus-one get in free. Click here for tickets.

Apr

April


# Two Exhibitions on View Through January 2018

Saturday, April 1,

RENEWING THE ROYAL CHAMBER: THE CLEMENSES MAHOGANY SUITE REBORN

Renewing the Royal Chamber explores the detective work, craftsmanship, and painstaking research behind the museum’s restoration of its Mahogany Suite, which reopened to public view last December after close to a decade. The restoration, made possible by a 2014 state bonding grant, involved a fascinating bout of detective work and a hunt for authentic fixtures and decor, ranging from a final decision on whether the bathtub had a shower to what year Candace Wheeler produced her honeycomb wallpaper. An extraordinary, research-driven architectural firm and some legendary craftspeople have aided in this effort.

The exhibition features photographs and text panels describing the restoration along with images and information about the suite’s history and the famous guests who stayed there. One guest, author Grace King, wrote of her 1887 stay in the suite, “The maid has hung up my dresses and placed all my things for the night on dressing tables. There are lights lighted everywhere, and I do feel very much like Beauty did when the Beast left her alone in the palace.”

TWAIN'S TEMPER: Top Ten Tantrums & Righteous Rages

“When angry, count four,” Samuel Clemens wrote in and 1894 calendar of his maxims. “When very angry, swear.”

“Throughout his lifetime – and his literary life as Mark Twain – the author found many things to provoke his profanity,” writes Beatrice Fox Auerbach Chief Curator Tracy Brindle in the exhibition’s introductory panel. “But his critical strength didn’t just lie in swearing. His command of the American language enable him to encircle his enemies with grace and skill – and then eviscerate them with his pen.”

From what he perceived as his 18-year-old daughter Clara’s imprudent behavior when she was living in Germany to Yankee imperialism in the Philippines, this exhibition explores what made Mark Twain mad, diving into his eloquent, humane thunderings against injustice and his quirkier dislikes and irritations. Books, political cartoons, letters, and illustrations, arranged in imaginative and compelling ways, make up this light-and-serious read-fest.

The curatorial staff of The Mark Twain House & Museum has chosen a top-10 list of Samuel Clemens’s furies, from his disgust with the telephone and with James Paige, inventor of the typesetting machine in which Clemens unwisely invested, and lost, his fortune to the scourge of slavery and the banning of his masterpiece Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

# New Living History Tours with Susy Clemens!

Tuesday, April 4,

susy

NEW: A Very Happy Family, as told by Susy Clemens, Mark Twain’s daughter

Mark Twain’s oldest daughter, Susy, begins the tour by telling visitors about a book she’s writing called Papa and quoting the first line: “We are a very happy family!  We consist of Papa, Mama, Jean, Clara and me.”   From there, Susy delights visitors by taking them through her childhood home and divulging family stories that only she can tell. By all accounts, Susy is her father’s favorite, and visitors will clearly see the similarities between the great author and his complex, intelligent and affectionate oldest daughter.

Tickets are $25; $17 for children; $20 for members of The Mark Twain House & Museum.

Buy yours here!

# The Trouble Begins at 5:30: The Haunted Mark Twain

Thursday, April 6, 5:00 Reception, 5:30 Lecture

In his autobiography, Mark Twain described a childhood filled with adventure and innocent fun--in the daylight hours. In his Autobiography, however, Twain wrote that he "was never quite sane in the night." In her talk, Dr. Ann M. Ryan will explore Twain's fears and the gothic literature that he both consumed and created. 

Ann M. Ryan is O’Connell Professor of the Humanities and Professor of English, LeMoyne College, Syracuse, New York. She is a past President of the Mark Twain Circle of America, a former Editor of the Mark Twain Annual, and co-editor of Cosmopolitan Twain (University of Missouri Press, 2008).

 

Refreshments for this event are generously provided by Park & Oak Restaurant, West Hartford.

The Trouble Begins at 5:30 Lecture Series is sponsored by Connecticut Humanities.

This event is presented at no cost but reservations are highly suggested. Call (860) 247-0998 or to reserve tickets click here.

# Frank Rizzo Two-Part Lecture About HAMILTON

Thursday, April 20, 7-8:30 p.m.

Hamilton Rizzo

Have you seen HAMILTON and want more? Can’t get tickets to the hottest Broadway show of this century? Want to be prepared when the touring show comes to The Bushnell next year? Then share in an experience that explains why HAMILTON is not simply a landmark show but part of a zeitgeist that is affecting American education, politics, and culture.

In two 90-minute audio/visual-filled classes especially designed for The Mark Twain House & Museum, Variety theater critic and Connecticut arts writer Frank Rizzo explains why the musical HAMILTON has become a phenomenon.

The two 90-minute lectures will take place on Thursday, April 20, and Thursday, April 27, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.at The Mark Twain House & Museum. NO SINGLE-LECTURE TICKETS WILL BE SOLD.

Tickets for the two-class event are $60; $55 for members of The Mark Twain House & Museum and Let’s GO Arts! members. To purchase tickets go to marktwainhouse.org,  call 860-247-0998, or click here.

 

# One Big Home Film Screening

Friday, April 21, 7-9 p.m.

In the film One Big Home, a community determines its own destiny.

one big home

Gentrification comes in many forms. On the tiny island of Martha’s Vineyard, where presidents and celebrities vacation, trophy homes threaten to destroy the island’s unique character. Twelve years in the making, One Big Home follows one carpenter’s journey to understand the trend toward giant houses. When he feels complicit in wrecking the place he calls home, Thomas Bena takes off his tool belt and picks up a camera. Bumping up against angry homeowners and builders who look the other way, he works with his community and attempts to pass a new bylaw to limit house size.

Join us just in time for Earth Day 2017 for this thought-provoking film. http://onebighome.com/

Tickets are $5. Buy yours here!

# Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours

Friday, April 28,

Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours are Back!

Friday, April 28, and Saturday, April 29

Tours run at 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m, and 9 p.m.

ghost tour image

Filled with haunted history, dark tales, and Victorian traditions surrounding seances and spiritualism, these nighttime tours are as educational as they are goosebump-inducing. Participants will hear lots of creepy tales -- and learn about Mark Twain's interest in the supernatural.

The Mark Twain House has been featured on Syfy Channel's Ghost Hunters and the Biography Channel's My Ghost Story.

The tours sell out fast, so be sure to call 860- 247-0998 soon to make your reservations!

The tours are sponsored by Tsunami Tsolutions.

Tickets are $25, $17 for children ages 6 to 16, and $20 for members of The Mark Twain House & Museum. Click here for tickets.

Can't make it this time? Ghost Tours will be offered on June 23 & 24, July 28 & 29, August 25 & 26, and October 6, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 & 28.

 

May

May


# Exhibitions on View Through January 2018

Monday, May 1,

Two Exhibitions on View Through January 2018

TWAIN'S TEMPER: Top Ten Tantrums & Righteous Rages

 

mark twain in hat

From the telephone to Yankee imperialism in the Philippines, this exhibition will explore what made Mark Twain mad. Dive into his eloquent, humane thunderings against injustice and his quirkier dislikes and irritations. Books, political cartoons, letters, and illustrations, arranged in imaginative and compelling ways, will be the components of this light-and-serious read-fest.

 

RENEWING THE ROYAL CHAMBER: The Clemenses' Mahogany Suite Reborn

mahogany suite

This exhibition coincides with the opening of the newly restored Mahogany Suite, opening to the public on December 4 as part of the Holiday House Tour festivities. The Clemenses' best guest suite was made up of a bedroom, dressing room, and bathroom with every modern convenience. W.D. Howells called it a "royal chamber," and Grace King compared it to the castle in "Beauty and the Beast." It was a Green Room for the family theatricals and a gift-wrapping station for Livy's charitable work. The restoration, made possible by the 2014 state bonding grant, involved a fascinating bout of detective work and a hunt for authentic fixtures and decor, ranging from a final decision on whether the bathtub had a shower, to what year Candace Wheeler produced her honeycomb wallpaper. An extraordinary, research-driven architectural firm and some legendary craftspeople have aided in this effort.

# International Wine Tasting Sponsored by Friends of The Mark Twain House & Museum

Saturday, May 6, 5 to 6:30 p.m.

My books are water; those of the great geniuses is wine. Everybody drinks water.
- Mark Twain, Notebook, 1885

The Friends of The Mark Twain House & Museum invite you to join them for an International Wine Tasting on Saturday, May 6, from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Guests will taste wines from around the world paired with appetizers and pastries.

Rob McCann will provide music during the event.

All proceeds benefit The Mark Twain House & Museum.

Sponsors who made the event possible:

Wines from Frederick Wildman & Sons, LTD

Wine Enthusiast: Importer of the Year Award 2016 (http:frederickwildman.com/inthenews)

El Coto Blanco, Rioja, Spain

El Coto Crianza, Rioja, Spain

Melini Chianti Riserva DOC, Tuscany, Italy

Hewitson Sauvignon Blanc, Adelaide, Australia

Cavicchioli 1928 Prosecco, Veneto, Italy

La Linda Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina

Wines from Allan S. Goodman, Inc

Chateau Ste Michelle Chardonnay, Washington

Motto Zinfandel, California

Pond House Cafe

Whole Foods

Taylor Rental

wine tasting tix


Tickets are $35 and MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE; no tickets will be sold at the door.

Click here to purchase your tickets today!

Tickets may also be purchased by mail: send a check payable to Friends of the MTH to Friends MTH, c/o D.C.G., 21 Dutton Place Way, Glastonbury, CT 06033.

For more information e-mail friendsmth@yahoo.com or call 617-905-1912.

# The Trouble Begins at 5:30: The Innocents Abroad: A Virtual Tour

Thursday, May 11, 5:00 Reception, 5:30 Lecture

Kevin Mac Donnell will take the audience on a virtual tour of the Middle East, following the exact route of Mark Twain and his fellow pilgrims on board the steamship Quaker City in 1867. Each stop along the way will be illustrated with original photographs taken by one of the pilgrims (many previously unpublished), excerpts from previously unpublished letters and diaries, and relics gathered by one of the pilgrims that have never been shown before, along with other original artifacts and materials that will bring the historcal experience alive.

Mark Twain’s experiences on the Quaker City Excursion resulted in his second book (and first bestseller) The Innocents Abroad, in 1869. Mac Donnell’s virtual recreation of that excursion is the first attempt to bring this historic event alive outside of print.

Kevin Mac Donnell has built the largest private collection of Mark Twain artifacts in the world.  He has spoken and written extensively about Mark Twain and about his collection, and has consulted on exhibitions related to Twain.  He is also the co-editor of Mark Twain and Youth: Studies in His Life and Writings (Bloomsbury, 2016).

The Trouble Begins at 5:30 Lecture Series is sponsored by Connecticut Humanities.

This event is presented at no cost but reservations are highly suggested. Call (860) 247-0998 or to reserve tickets click here.

# CLUE Murder Mystery House Tours

Friday, May 12, Tours leave every 15 minutes from 7 to 7:45 p.m.

CLUE Mystery Murder Tours of the Mark Twain House

 

CLUE!

CLUE Murder Mystery Tours take participants through the various rooms (secret passageway, conservatory, billiards room, and more) of the Twain house -- and some of the author's favorite literary characters -- as part of the game. 

Who killed that varmint Pap Finn? Was it Tom Sawyer in the Library with the Wrench? Merlin in the Billiard Room with the Knife? The Pauper in the Kitchen with the Rope?

Play our live-action version of the classic board game CLUE in an hour-long tour featuring the famed comedy troupe SEA TEA IMPROV as Twain's beloved characters/suspects. CLUE Tours provide all the murder, mayhem, and merriment you expect in a whodunit. Our Clue Tours were featured on an episode of the Travel Channel show "Wackiest Tours!"

Sea Tea Improv is an improv comedy company, professionally trained by Hartford Stage Company, ImprovBoston, and the Upright Citizens Brigade in New York, that dazzles Hartford and beyond on a regular basis with its witty interpretations of audience suggestions.  The troupe performs short improvised games and long improvised plays at public & private functions, teach classes to students of all ages, and train professionals in the art of communication. They've performed all over Connecticut, New England, and up and down the Eastern Seaboard.

This event is supported by Webster Bank.

Reservations are required, and tours sell out, so please book early.

Tickets are $24; museum members are $17; children 6 to 17 are $15.  

Lets Go Arts program members are entitled to a discount; click the ticket-purchase link below to learn more.

To purchase tickets call 860- 247-0998 or click HERE!

#

Wednesday, May 17, 6 - 8 p.m.

SPRING SESSION with Hank Herman

Six-week writing workshop

Wednesdays from 6 to 8 pm, May 17, 24 & 31; June 7, 14 & 21

hank herman

Haven’t quite wrapped up your current writing project so that you can treat yourself to a nice summer break?  Have a project you’ve been meaning to start, but haven’t gotten around to?  Need a little push from a classroom structure to get you going?  Appreciate feedback from other motivated writers -- and from a professional instructor?  Here’s your answer!  Whether you’re working on memoir, essay, kids' fiction, humor — or anything else — “Spring Session” is the perfect workshop for you.

Hank Herman is the author of Accept My Kid, Please! A Dad’s Descent Into College Application Hell,an acclaimed memoir, and Super Hoops, a series of basketball novels for kids. His award-winning humor column, “The Home Team,” has been running for more than 20 years and is still going strong.  Hank also co-writes the Hearst Newspapers blog “Beagle Man,” alternating posts with his dog, Kemba.  The blog doubles as as a hilarious travelogue when Hank and Kemba hit the road every fall for their great adventure: a one-month-long cross-country road trip!  Hank also leads writing workshops at his alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania, and at Trinity College and Norwalk Community College.

 

$300; $270 for MTH&M members and Let's GO Arts! cardholders.

Register here!

summer session vendini

Jun

June


# Exhibitions on View Through January 21, 2018

Thursday, June 1,

Two Exhibitions on View Through January 21, 2018

TWAIN'S TEMPER: Top Ten Tantrums & Righteous Rages

 

mark twain in hat

From the telephone to Yankee imperialism in the Philippines, this exhibition will explore what made Mark Twain mad. Dive into his eloquent, humane thunderings against injustice and his quirkier dislikes and irritations. Books, political cartoons, letters, and illustrations, arranged in imaginative and compelling ways, will be the components of this light-and-serious read-fest.

 

RENEWING THE ROYAL CHAMBER: The Clemenses' Mahogany Suite Reborn

mahogany suite

This exhibition coincides with the opening of the newly restored Mahogany Suite, opening to the public on December 4 as part of the Holiday House Tour festivities. The Clemenses' best guest suite was made up of a bedroom, dressing room, and bathroom with every modern convenience. W.D. Howells called it a "royal chamber," and Grace King compared it to the castle in "Beauty and the Beast." It was a Green Room for the family theatricals and a gift-wrapping station for Livy's charitable work. The restoration, made possible by the 2014 state bonding grant, involved a fascinating bout of detective work and a hunt for authentic fixtures and decor, ranging from a final decision on whether the bathtub had a shower, to what year Candace Wheeler produced her honeycomb wallpaper. An extraordinary, research-driven architectural firm and some legendary craftspeople have aided in this effort.

# CLUE Murder Mystery House Tours

Saturday, June 10, Tours leave every 15 minutes from 7 to 7:45 p.m.

CLUE Mystery Murder Tours of the Mark Twain House

 

CLUE!

CLUE Murder Mystery Tours take participants through the various rooms (secret passageway, conservatory, billiards room, and more) of the Twain house -- and some of the author's favorite literary characters -- as part of the game. 

Who killed that varmint Pap Finn? Was it Tom Sawyer in the Library with the Wrench? Merlin in the Billiard Room with the Knife? The Pauper in the Kitchen with the Rope?

Play our live-action version of the classic board game CLUE in an hour-long tour featuring the famed comedy troupe SEA TEA IMPROV as Twain's beloved characters/suspects. CLUE Tours provide all the murder, mayhem, and merriment you expect in a whodunit. Our Clue Tours were featured on an episode of the Travel Channel show "Wackiest Tours!"

Sea Tea Improv is an improv comedy company, professionally trained by Hartford Stage Company, ImprovBoston, and the Upright Citizens Brigade in New York, that dazzles Hartford and beyond on a regular basis with its witty interpretations of audience suggestions.  The troupe performs short improvised games and long improvised plays at public & private functions, teach classes to students of all ages, and train professionals in the art of communication. They've performed all over Connecticut, New England, and up and down the Eastern Seaboard.

This event is supported by Webster Bank.

Reservations are required, and tours sell out, so please book early.

Tickets are $24; museum members are $17; children 6 to 17 are $15.  

Lets Go Arts program members are entitled to a discount; click the ticket-purchase link below to learn more.

To purchase tickets call 860- 247-0998 or click HERE!

# The Trouble Begins at 5:30: "My Dear Howells:" The Literary Friendship of Samuel Clemens and William Dean Howells

Thursday, June 15, 5:00 Reception, 5:30 Lecture

The personal and professional relationship of Mark Twain and William Dean Howells was one of the most important in American letters. Howells was a significant literary gatekeeper as editor of the Atlantic Monthly, as well as a major novelist in his own right. Understanding their relationship illuminates the culture, business, and ideas that animated post-Civil War American literature.

Daniel Mrozowski is a Visiting Lecturer in English at Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut. Dr. Mrozowski is the President of the William Dean Howells Society of America, a scholarly organization dedicated to the study of the 19th century editor, author and critic, that sponsors regular panels at the annual American Literature Association convention.  Dr. Mrozowski’s research and writing focuses on 19th century American literature and its intersection with business history.  He is working on a book about the rise of the corporation and its influence on American fiction during the Gilded Age.

The Trouble Begins at 5:30 Lecture Series is sponsored by Connecticut Humanities.

This event is presented at no cost but reservations are highly suggested. Call (860) 247-0998 or to reserve tickets click here.

# Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours

Friday, June 23,

Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours are Back!

Friday, June 23, and Saturday, June 24

Tours run at 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m, and 9 p.m.

ghost tour image

Filled with haunted history, dark tales, and Victorian traditions surrounding seances and spiritualism, these nighttime tours are as educational as they are goosebump-inducing. Participants will hear lots of creepy tales -- and learn about Mark Twain's interest in the supernatural.

The Mark Twain House has been featured on Syfy Channel's Ghost Hunters and the Biography Channel's My Ghost Story.

The tours sell out fast, so be sure to call 860- 247-0998 soon to make your reservations!

The tours are sponsored by Tsunami Tsolutions.

Tickets are $25, $17 for children ages 6 to 16, and $20 for members of The Mark Twain House & Museum. Click here for tickets.

Can't make it this time? Ghost Tours will be offered on July 28 & 29, August 25 & 26, and October 6, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 & 28.

 

Jul

July


# Exhibitions on View Through January 21, 2018

Saturday, July 1,

Two Exhibitions on View Through January 21, 2018

TWAIN'S TEMPER: Top Ten Tantrums & Righteous Rages

 

mark twain in hat

From the telephone to Yankee imperialism in the Philippines, this exhibition will explore what made Mark Twain mad. Dive into his eloquent, humane thunderings against injustice and his quirkier dislikes and irritations. Books, political cartoons, letters, and illustrations, arranged in imaginative and compelling ways, will be the components of this light-and-serious read-fest.

 

RENEWING THE ROYAL CHAMBER: The Clemenses' Mahogany Suite Reborn

mahogany suite

This exhibition coincides with the opening of the newly restored Mahogany Suite, opening to the public on December 4 as part of the Holiday House Tour festivities. The Clemenses' best guest suite was made up of a bedroom, dressing room, and bathroom with every modern convenience. W.D. Howells called it a "royal chamber," and Grace King compared it to the castle in "Beauty and the Beast." It was a Green Room for the family theatricals and a gift-wrapping station for Livy's charitable work. The restoration, made possible by the 2014 state bonding grant, involved a fascinating bout of detective work and a hunt for authentic fixtures and decor, ranging from a final decision on whether the bathtub had a shower, to what year Candace Wheeler produced her honeycomb wallpaper. An extraordinary, research-driven architectural firm and some legendary craftspeople have aided in this effort.

# CLUE Murder Mystery House Tours

Friday, July 14, Tours leave every 15 minutes from 7 to 7:45 p.m.

CLUE Mystery Murder Tours of the Mark Twain House

 

CLUE!

CLUE Murder Mystery Tours take participants through the various rooms (secret passageway, conservatory, billiards room, and more) of the Twain house -- and some of the author's favorite literary characters -- as part of the game. 

Who killed that varmint Pap Finn? Was it Tom Sawyer in the Library with the Wrench? Merlin in the Billiard Room with the Knife? The Pauper in the Kitchen with the Rope?

Play our live-action version of the classic board game CLUE in an hour-long tour featuring the famed comedy troupe SEA TEA IMPROV as Twain's beloved characters/suspects. CLUE Tours provide all the murder, mayhem, and merriment you expect in a whodunit. Our Clue Tours were featured on an episode of the Travel Channel show "Wackiest Tours!"

Sea Tea Improv is an improv comedy company, professionally trained by Hartford Stage Company, ImprovBoston, and the Upright Citizens Brigade in New York, that dazzles Hartford and beyond on a regular basis with its witty interpretations of audience suggestions.  The troupe performs short improvised games and long improvised plays at public & private functions, teach classes to students of all ages, and train professionals in the art of communication. They've performed all over Connecticut, New England, and up and down the Eastern Seaboard.

This event is supported by Webster Bank.

Reservations are required, and tours sell out, so please book early.

Tickets are $24; museum members are $17; children 6 to 17 are $15.  

Lets Go Arts program members are entitled to a discount; click the ticket-purchase link below to learn more.

To purchase tickets call 860- 247-0998 or click HERE!

# Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours

Friday, July 28,

Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours are Back!

Friday, July 28, and Saturday, July 29

Tours run at 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m, and 9 p.m.

ghost tour image

Filled with haunted history, dark tales, and Victorian traditions surrounding seances and spiritualism, these nighttime tours are as educational as they are goosebump-inducing. Participants will hear lots of creepy tales -- and learn about Mark Twain's interest in the supernatural.

The Mark Twain House has been featured on Syfy Channel's Ghost Hunters and the Biography Channel's My Ghost Story.

The tours sell out fast, so be sure to call 860- 247-0998 soon to make your reservations!

The tours are sponsored by Tsunami Tsolutions.

Tickets are $25, $17 for children ages 6 to 16, and $20 for members of The Mark Twain House & Museum. Click here for tickets.

Can't make it this time? Ghost Tours will be offered on August 25 & 26, and October 6, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 & 28.

 

Aug

August


# Exhibitions on View Through January 21, 2018

Tuesday, August 1,

Two Exhibitions on View Through January 21, 2018

TWAIN'S TEMPER: Top Ten Tantrums & Righteous Rages

 

mark twain in hat

From the telephone to Yankee imperialism in the Philippines, this exhibition will explore what made Mark Twain mad. Dive into his eloquent, humane thunderings against injustice and his quirkier dislikes and irritations. Books, political cartoons, letters, and illustrations, arranged in imaginative and compelling ways, will be the components of this light-and-serious read-fest.

 

RENEWING THE ROYAL CHAMBER: The Clemenses' Mahogany Suite Reborn

mahogany suite

This exhibition coincides with the opening of the newly restored Mahogany Suite, opening to the public on December 4 as part of the Holiday House Tour festivities. The Clemenses' best guest suite was made up of a bedroom, dressing room, and bathroom with every modern convenience. W.D. Howells called it a "royal chamber," and Grace King compared it to the castle in "Beauty and the Beast." It was a Green Room for the family theatricals and a gift-wrapping station for Livy's charitable work. The restoration, made possible by the 2014 state bonding grant, involved a fascinating bout of detective work and a hunt for authentic fixtures and decor, ranging from a final decision on whether the bathtub had a shower, to what year Candace Wheeler produced her honeycomb wallpaper. An extraordinary, research-driven architectural firm and some legendary craftspeople have aided in this effort.

# CLUE Murder Mystery House Tours

Friday, August 11, Tours leave every 15 minutes from 7 to 7:45 p.m.

CLUE Mystery Murder Tours of the Mark Twain House

 

CLUE!

CLUE Murder Mystery Tours take participants through the various rooms (secret passageway, conservatory, billiards room, and more) of the Twain house -- and some of the author's favorite literary characters -- as part of the game. 

Who killed that varmint Pap Finn? Was it Tom Sawyer in the Library with the Wrench? Merlin in the Billiard Room with the Knife? The Pauper in the Kitchen with the Rope?

Play our live-action version of the classic board game CLUE in an hour-long tour featuring the famed comedy troupe SEA TEA IMPROV as Twain's beloved characters/suspects. CLUE Tours provide all the murder, mayhem, and merriment you expect in a whodunit. Our Clue Tours were featured on an episode of the Travel Channel show "Wackiest Tours!"

Sea Tea Improv is an improv comedy company, professionally trained by Hartford Stage Company, ImprovBoston, and the Upright Citizens Brigade in New York, that dazzles Hartford and beyond on a regular basis with its witty interpretations of audience suggestions.  The troupe performs short improvised games and long improvised plays at public & private functions, teach classes to students of all ages, and train professionals in the art of communication. They've performed all over Connecticut, New England, and up and down the Eastern Seaboard.

This event is supported by Webster Bank.

Reservations are required, and tours sell out, so please book early.

Tickets are $24; museum members are $17; children 6 to 17 are $15.  

Lets Go Arts program members are entitled to a discount; click the ticket-purchase link below to learn more.

To purchase tickets call 860- 247-0998 or click HERE!

# Graveyard Shift House Tours

Friday, August 25,

Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours are Back!

Friday, August 25, and Saturday, August 26

Tours run at 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m, and 9 p.m.

ghost tour image

Filled with haunted history, dark tales, and Victorian traditions surrounding seances and spiritualism, these nighttime tours are as educational as they are goosebump-inducing. Participants will hear lots of creepy tales -- and learn about Mark Twain's interest in the supernatural.

The Mark Twain House has been featured on Syfy Channel's Ghost Hunters and the Biography Channel's My Ghost Story.

The tours sell out fast, so be sure to call 860- 247-0998 soon to make your reservations!

The tours are sponsored by Tsunami Tsolutions.

Tickets are $25, $17 for children ages 6 to 16, and $20 for members of The Mark Twain House & Museum. Click here for tickets.

Can't make it this time? Ghost Tours will be offered on October 6, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 & 28.

 

Sep

September


# Exhibitions on View Through January 21, 2018

Friday, September 1,

Two Exhibitions on View Through January 21, 2018

TWAIN'S TEMPER: Top Ten Tantrums & Righteous Rages

 

mark twain in hat

From the telephone to Yankee imperialism in the Philippines, this exhibition will explore what made Mark Twain mad. Dive into his eloquent, humane thunderings against injustice and his quirkier dislikes and irritations. Books, political cartoons, letters, and illustrations, arranged in imaginative and compelling ways, will be the components of this light-and-serious read-fest.

 

RENEWING THE ROYAL CHAMBER: The Clemenses' Mahogany Suite Reborn

mahogany suite

This exhibition coincides with the opening of the newly restored Mahogany Suite, opening to the public on December 4 as part of the Holiday House Tour festivities. The Clemenses' best guest suite was made up of a bedroom, dressing room, and bathroom with every modern convenience. W.D. Howells called it a "royal chamber," and Grace King compared it to the castle in "Beauty and the Beast." It was a Green Room for the family theatricals and a gift-wrapping station for Livy's charitable work. The restoration, made possible by the 2014 state bonding grant, involved a fascinating bout of detective work and a hunt for authentic fixtures and decor, ranging from a final decision on whether the bathtub had a shower, to what year Candace Wheeler produced her honeycomb wallpaper. An extraordinary, research-driven architectural firm and some legendary craftspeople have aided in this effort.

# CLUE Murder Mystery House Tours

Friday, September 8, Tours leave every 15 minutes from 7 to 7:45 p.m.

CLUE Mystery Murder Tours of the Mark Twain House

 

CLUE!

CLUE Murder Mystery Tours take participants through the various rooms (secret passageway, conservatory, billiards room, and more) of the Twain house -- and some of the author's favorite literary characters -- as part of the game. 

Who killed that varmint Pap Finn? Was it Tom Sawyer in the Library with the Wrench? Merlin in the Billiard Room with the Knife? The Pauper in the Kitchen with the Rope?

Play our live-action version of the classic board game CLUE in an hour-long tour featuring the famed comedy troupe SEA TEA IMPROV as Twain's beloved characters/suspects. CLUE Tours provide all the murder, mayhem, and merriment you expect in a whodunit. Our Clue Tours were featured on an episode of the Travel Channel show "Wackiest Tours!"

Sea Tea Improv is an improv comedy company, professionally trained by Hartford Stage Company, ImprovBoston, and the Upright Citizens Brigade in New York, that dazzles Hartford and beyond on a regular basis with its witty interpretations of audience suggestions.  The troupe performs short improvised games and long improvised plays at public & private functions, teach classes to students of all ages, and train professionals in the art of communication. They've performed all over Connecticut, New England, and up and down the Eastern Seaboard.

This event is supported by Webster Bank.

Reservations are required, and tours sell out, so please book early.

Tickets are $24; museum members are $17; children 6 to 17 are $15.  

Lets Go Arts program members are entitled to a discount; click the ticket-purchase link below to learn more.

To purchase tickets call 860- 247-0998 or click HERE!

Oct

October


# Exhibitions on View Through January 21, 2018

Sunday, October 1,

Two Exhibitions on View Through January 21, 2018

TWAIN'S TEMPER: Top Ten Tantrums & Righteous Rages

 

mark twain in hat

From the telephone to Yankee imperialism in the Philippines, this exhibition will explore what made Mark Twain mad. Dive into his eloquent, humane thunderings against injustice and his quirkier dislikes and irritations. Books, political cartoons, letters, and illustrations, arranged in imaginative and compelling ways, will be the components of this light-and-serious read-fest.

 

RENEWING THE ROYAL CHAMBER: The Clemenses' Mahogany Suite Reborn

mahogany suite

This exhibition coincides with the opening of the newly restored Mahogany Suite, opening to the public on December 4 as part of the Holiday House Tour festivities. The Clemenses' best guest suite was made up of a bedroom, dressing room, and bathroom with every modern convenience. W.D. Howells called it a "royal chamber," and Grace King compared it to the castle in "Beauty and the Beast." It was a Green Room for the family theatricals and a gift-wrapping station for Livy's charitable work. The restoration, made possible by the 2014 state bonding grant, involved a fascinating bout of detective work and a hunt for authentic fixtures and decor, ranging from a final decision on whether the bathtub had a shower, to what year Candace Wheeler produced her honeycomb wallpaper. An extraordinary, research-driven architectural firm and some legendary craftspeople have aided in this effort.

# Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours

Friday, October 6,

Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours are Back!

October 6, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 & 28

Tours run at 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m, and 9 p.m.

ghost tour image

Filled with haunted history, dark tales, and Victorian traditions surrounding seances and spiritualism, these nighttime tours are as educational as they are goosebump-inducing. Participants will hear lots of creepy tales -- and learn about Mark Twain's interest in the supernatural.

The Mark Twain House has been featured on Syfy Channel's Ghost Hunters and the Biography Channel's My Ghost Story.

The tours sell out fast, so be sure to call 860- 247-0998 soon to make your reservations!

The tours are sponsored by Tsunami Tsolutions.

Tickets are $25, $17 for children ages 6 to 16, and $20 for members of The Mark Twain House & Museum. Click here for tickets.

 

 

Nov

November


# Exhibitions on View Through January 21, 2018

Wednesday, November 1,

Two Exhibitions on View Through January 21, 2018

TWAIN'S TEMPER: Top Ten Tantrums & Righteous Rages

 

mark twain in hat

From the telephone to Yankee imperialism in the Philippines, this exhibition will explore what made Mark Twain mad. Dive into his eloquent, humane thunderings against injustice and his quirkier dislikes and irritations. Books, political cartoons, letters, and illustrations, arranged in imaginative and compelling ways, will be the components of this light-and-serious read-fest.

 

RENEWING THE ROYAL CHAMBER: The Clemenses' Mahogany Suite Reborn

mahogany suite

This exhibition coincides with the opening of the newly restored Mahogany Suite, opening to the public on December 4 as part of the Holiday House Tour festivities. The Clemenses' best guest suite was made up of a bedroom, dressing room, and bathroom with every modern convenience. W.D. Howells called it a "royal chamber," and Grace King compared it to the castle in "Beauty and the Beast." It was a Green Room for the family theatricals and a gift-wrapping station for Livy's charitable work. The restoration, made possible by the 2014 state bonding grant, involved a fascinating bout of detective work and a hunt for authentic fixtures and decor, ranging from a final decision on whether the bathtub had a shower, to what year Candace Wheeler produced her honeycomb wallpaper. An extraordinary, research-driven architectural firm and some legendary craftspeople have aided in this effort.

# CLUE Murder Mystery House Tours

Friday, November 10, Tours leave every 15 minutes from 7 to 7:45 p.m.

CLUE Mystery Murder Tours of the Mark Twain House

 

CLUE!

CLUE Murder Mystery Tours take participants through the various rooms (secret passageway, conservatory, billiards room, and more) of the Twain house -- and some of the author's favorite literary characters -- as part of the game. 

Who killed that varmint Pap Finn? Was it Tom Sawyer in the Library with the Wrench? Merlin in the Billiard Room with the Knife? The Pauper in the Kitchen with the Rope?

Play our live-action version of the classic board game CLUE in an hour-long tour featuring the famed comedy troupe SEA TEA IMPROV as Twain's beloved characters/suspects. CLUE Tours provide all the murder, mayhem, and merriment you expect in a whodunit. Our Clue Tours were featured on an episode of the Travel Channel show "Wackiest Tours!"

Sea Tea Improv is an improv comedy company, professionally trained by Hartford Stage Company, ImprovBoston, and the Upright Citizens Brigade in New York, that dazzles Hartford and beyond on a regular basis with its witty interpretations of audience suggestions.  The troupe performs short improvised games and long improvised plays at public & private functions, teach classes to students of all ages, and train professionals in the art of communication. They've performed all over Connecticut, New England, and up and down the Eastern Seaboard.

This event is supported by Webster Bank.

Reservations are required, and tours sell out, so please book early.

Tickets are $24; museum members are $17; children 6 to 17 are $15.  

Lets Go Arts program members are entitled to a discount; click the ticket-purchase link below to learn more.

To purchase tickets call 860- 247-0998 or click HERE!

Dec

December


# Exhibitions on View Through January 21, 2018

Friday, December 1,

Two Exhibitions on View Through January 21, 2018

TWAIN'S TEMPER: Top Ten Tantrums & Righteous Rages

 

mark twain in hat

From the telephone to Yankee imperialism in the Philippines, this exhibition will explore what made Mark Twain mad. Dive into his eloquent, humane thunderings against injustice and his quirkier dislikes and irritations. Books, political cartoons, letters, and illustrations, arranged in imaginative and compelling ways, will be the components of this light-and-serious read-fest.

 

RENEWING THE ROYAL CHAMBER: The Clemenses' Mahogany Suite Reborn

mahogany suite

This exhibition coincides with the opening of the newly restored Mahogany Suite, opening to the public on December 4 as part of the Holiday House Tour festivities. The Clemenses' best guest suite was made up of a bedroom, dressing room, and bathroom with every modern convenience. W.D. Howells called it a "royal chamber," and Grace King compared it to the castle in "Beauty and the Beast." It was a Green Room for the family theatricals and a gift-wrapping station for Livy's charitable work. The restoration, made possible by the 2014 state bonding grant, involved a fascinating bout of detective work and a hunt for authentic fixtures and decor, ranging from a final decision on whether the bathtub had a shower, to what year Candace Wheeler produced her honeycomb wallpaper. An extraordinary, research-driven architectural firm and some legendary craftspeople have aided in this effort.

# CLUE Murder Mystery House Tours

Friday, December 8, Tours leave every 15 minutes from 7 to 7:45 p.m.

CLUE Mystery Murder Tours of the Mark Twain House

 

CLUE!

CLUE Murder Mystery Tours take participants through the various rooms (secret passageway, conservatory, billiards room, and more) of the Twain house -- and some of the author's favorite literary characters -- as part of the game. 

Who killed that varmint Pap Finn? Was it Tom Sawyer in the Library with the Wrench? Merlin in the Billiard Room with the Knife? The Pauper in the Kitchen with the Rope?

Play our live-action version of the classic board game CLUE in an hour-long tour featuring the famed comedy troupe SEA TEA IMPROV as Twain's beloved characters/suspects. CLUE Tours provide all the murder, mayhem, and merriment you expect in a whodunit. Our Clue Tours were featured on an episode of the Travel Channel show "Wackiest Tours!"

Sea Tea Improv is an improv comedy company, professionally trained by Hartford Stage Company, ImprovBoston, and the Upright Citizens Brigade in New York, that dazzles Hartford and beyond on a regular basis with its witty interpretations of audience suggestions.  The troupe performs short improvised games and long improvised plays at public & private functions, teach classes to students of all ages, and train professionals in the art of communication. They've performed all over Connecticut, New England, and up and down the Eastern Seaboard.

This event is supported by Webster Bank.

Reservations are required, and tours sell out, so please book early.

Tickets are $24; museum members are $17; children 6 to 17 are $15.  

Lets Go Arts program members are entitled to a discount; click the ticket-purchase link below to learn more.

To purchase tickets call 860- 247-0998 or click HERE!

Jan

January


# Exhibitions on View Through January 21!

Monday, January 1,

Two Exhibitions on View Through January 21

TWAIN'S TEMPER: Top Ten Tantrums & Righteous Rages

 

mark twain in hat

From the telephone to Yankee imperialism in the Philippines, this exhibition will explore what made Mark Twain mad. Dive into his eloquent, humane thunderings against injustice and his quirkier dislikes and irritations. Books, political cartoons, letters, and illustrations, arranged in imaginative and compelling ways, will be the components of this light-and-serious read-fest.

 

RENEWING THE ROYAL CHAMBER: The Clemenses' Mahogany Suite Reborn

mahogany suite

This exhibition coincides with the opening of the newly restored Mahogany Suite, opening to the public on December 4 as part of the Holiday House Tour festivities. The Clemenses' best guest suite was made up of a bedroom, dressing room, and bathroom with every modern convenience. W.D. Howells called it a "royal chamber," and Grace King compared it to the castle in "Beauty and the Beast." It was a Green Room for the family theatricals and a gift-wrapping station for Livy's charitable work. The restoration, made possible by the 2014 state bonding grant, involved a fascinating bout of detective work and a hunt for authentic fixtures and decor, ranging from a final decision on whether the bathtub had a shower, to what year Candace Wheeler produced her honeycomb wallpaper. An extraordinary, research-driven architectural firm and some legendary craftspeople have aided in this effort.

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February


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