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The Great Mark Twain Look-Alike Contest

2:00 pm

Do people say you look like Albert Einstein? And do you counter with, “No! I look like Mark Twain!” If so, you’re a great candidate for The Great Mark Twain Look-Alike Contest to be held in Mark Twain’s hometown of Hartford, Connecticut. You can show up with a wig or without, with a real mustache or fake, in a white suit, ivory suit, or birthday suit (just kidding – you need clothes!), strut on the stage, deliver one Mark Twain quote (verified! – not attributed!), and our panel of distinctive, ornery, and un-bribable judges will determine if YOU are the winner of The Great Mark Twain Look-Alike Contest! Yes, there will be prizes!


FIRST PRIZE: Bragging Rights, Lifetime Membership at The Mark Twain House & Museum,
and a $100 Gift Certificate to spend in the Museum Store!

SECOND PRIZE: Free One-year Membership at The Mark Twain House & Museum
and a $50 Gift Certificate for the Museum Store!

THIRD PRIZE: Two free passes to tour The Mark Twain House and a $25 Gift Certificate!

and one free pass to tour The Mark Twain House! (You can even purchase extra shirts if one just isn't enough!)

Entry fee: $25 (to keep out the riff-raff)

Contestants must register online by September 1, 2016

NOTE: This event is part of Downtown Hartford's 5th Annual EnvisionFest. The contest will take place at 2:00 pm on Main Street. The stage will be set up across from the Travelers building.

Writing for Children - Class Starting!

SIX WEEK CLASS! Mondays from 6:30-8:30 pm; April 18, 25 and May 2, 9, 16, and 23

Dr. Seuss, Judy Blume, John Green, Shel Sivlerstein. Who can forget the joy of reading a book as a child? Do you want to capture that feeling of discovery and excitement for a new generation of readers? We want you to write for children and teens! Pegi Deitz Shea will show you the range of children's fiction, nonfiction, and poetry; she will help you write your book and teach you how to use constructive critique to improve your skills. Come away from the course with at least one manuscript ready to submit to an agent or editor.

Registration: $300 / $275 MTH&M Members

Register online or call 860-247-0998


Wednesday, April 20th from 7pm to 10pm

Hartford Fashion Week, The Mark Twain House & Museum and the Culinary Academy at Weaver High School proudly present the first ever COUTURE TOUR of The Mark Twain House.  Matching Victorian elegance with modern fashion, eleven area couture designers have been assigned a room in The Mark Twain House. 

Guests for the evening will be able to stroll through this National Historic Landmark and see original creations paired to theme with their selected room.  In addition to the tour, attendees will enjoy food and décor created by students from Hartford’s Culinary Institute at Weaver High School, music, and additional fashions in the ultra-modern Webster Bank Museum Center.

Supported in part by BEAR'S Smokehouse BBQ.

Tickets: $30 / $20 for MTH&M Members. Cash bar. To order, call (860) 247-0998 or click here

5th Annual WRITERS WEEKEND postponed

In order to have extra time to promote the 5th Annual Writers Weekend, we are postponing it to Fall 2016. Stay tuned for announcements and details soon!


On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, you can take a LIVING HISTORY TOUR!

Thinking about an EXTRA special event? Here's a great idea: tour the Mark Twain House with someone who actually "lived" there! Our Living History Tours come to life in March. Take a tour with that sassy, brassy housemaid Lizzie Wills, or thoughtful lady's maid Katy Leary, or even Olivia Clemens herself. These historically accurate tours are unlike anything you've experienced here before! Be among the first to bring friends and family for an intimate behind-the-scenes look at "the loveliest home that ever was."

What could be more special? For more details or to pre-register for your living history tour, click here.

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