MTHM image no textThe Mark Twain House & Museum Newsletter
February 2010
From the Director's Desk
Our Newsletter Makes a Change 
With this issue, we move to the spiffy newsletter distribution system, Constant Contact. We hope you like it, and other changes in store as we work with our new national marketing firm, Vault Communications. You'll be able to link to articles and information on our website,, and  keep in touch with the nearly 30 events we are planning in this Mark Twain Centennial Year!
-- Jeffrey L. Nichols, Executive Director

What's Happening
Bring Your Sweetie To The Museum!
John Pogson as Samuel L. Clemens, Lisa Steier as Olivia L. Clemens
On Saturday, February 13, at 7:30 p.m., acclaimed Mark Twain portrayer John Pogson and actress Lisa Steier will reprise their much-admired reading of the couple's correspondence, Long Distance Romance: The Love Letters of Sam & Olivia Clemens.The Valentine's event will include a champagne and chocolate reception. Tickets are $35 ($30 for members) and can be purchased by calling 860-280-3130. Read more here.
A Rousing Tribute to Huck 
Ebony Hillbillies
"All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn," wrote Ernest Hemingway. We celebrate the 125th anniversary of the book's U.S. publication, along with Black History Month, on Thursday, February 18, at 7:30 p.m. with the rousing, driiving sound of The Ebony Hillbillies. The local street theater troupe HartBeat Ensemble will provide dramatic readings from the controversial book. Tickets are $32 ($27 for members) and can be purchased by calling 860-280-3130. Read more here.

Mark Twain's LegacySoviet postage stamp

A new exhibition, Legacy, opening February 13, explores how Twain's persona, and the public's perception of him and his works, has developed  over the years between his death and this Centennial Year. To do this, we display popular objects such as Toby mugs and postage stamps, newspaper clippings and the statements we collected from two dozen Twain-happy celebrities. The exhibition, which has special acrtivities for kids, will be open during regular museum hours and is included admission. Read more here.

Dede DeRoas
Mark Twain Said:
I am not the editor of a newspaper and shall always try to do right and be good so that God will not make me one.
-- Galaxy magazine, December 1870

Boyko Named President of Board; DeRosa Honored

Gregory Boyko, retired CEO of The Hartford's international arm, was elected President of the Board of Trustees Jan. 19. Outgoing President Dede DeRosa, who piloted the Museum through financial  challenge and recovery, was honored at the event. Read more here.

In Other News
AN OPPORTUNITY! TWO SLOTS HAVE OPENED UP for Writing at the Mark Twain House, our eight-week limited-enrollment memoir  course taught by Lary Bloom and Suzanne Levine. Read more about it here. Guest writers include Wally Lamb and Mary-Anne Tirone Smith. Call 860-247-0998, Ext. 243, quickly.
THE DEATH OF MY NEWS MAY BE GREATLY EXAGGERATED -- Tuesday, March 2, at 7:30: On Deadline, a new CPTV documentary on the future of the newspaper, followed by a panel of those in the trade. WNPR's John Dankosky moderates. Read more here.  
A PEN WARMED UP IN HELL: MATT TAIBBI AND CHARLES PEIRCE -- March 13, 7:30, save the date! A Pen Warmed Up in Hell Lecture with  Rolling Stone's acerbic political columnist Matt Taibbi and author Charles P. Pierce. Read more here.
Thanks to our Mark Twain Centennial Celebration Sponsor, The Hartford 
Dede DeRoas
The Mark Twain House & Museum has restored the author's Hartford, Connecticut, home, where the author and his family lived from 1874 to 1891. Twain wrote his most important works there, including Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court.  In addition to providing tours of Twain's restored home, a National Historic Landmark, the institution offers activities and educational programs that illuminate Twain's literary legacy and provide information about his life and times. The house and museum at 351 Farmington Ave. are open Monday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., and Sunday, noon-5:30 p.m.  For more information, call 860-247-0998 or visit Programs at the Mark Twain House & Museum are supported by the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism and the Greater Hartford Arts Council.

Steve Courtney, Editor