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The Mark Twain House
& Museum Newsletter
Mid-March 2014




BOOK/MARK: Mark Twain Takes Washington

Thursday, March 20, 7:00 pm



"There is something good and motherly about Washington, the grand old benevolent National Asylum for the helpless." - The Gilded Age


What city could possibly deserve more scrutiny from America's favorite wit? Twain's love/hate affair with Washington, D.C. started with his first novel, The Gilded Age, and continued until the end of his life.


Join the White Suited Avenger as he walks the halls of power, tweaks the noses of political twits, and lays waste to the waste in Washington, D.C.


The panel discussion includes:


John Muller, journalist, historian and author of the new book Mark Twain In Washington, D.C.: The Adventures of a Capital Correspondent


Donald T. Bliss, former U.S. Ambassador, great-grandson of Mark Twain's publisher, and author of Mark Twain's Tale of Today


Vincent Sullivan, President of The Mark Twain Society of Virginia and Historic Interpreter for The Mark Twain House & Museum


BOOK/MARK is a FREE series of authors in informal conversation, sponsored by First Niagara. Followed by a book sale and signing.

This is free event. Reservations are suggested; please call (860) 280-3130.



BOOK/MARK: Tesla and Edison

Wednesday, March 26, 7:00 p.m.



Join us for what should be an electrifying conversation between two biographers: W. Bernard Carlson, author of Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age, and Leonard DeGraaf, author of Edison and the Rise of Innovation. Both Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison made significant contributions to the creation of our modern age and their relationship remains mired in controversy. These two scholars will help separate the truth from the myth and illuminate these two Gilded Age giants.


BOOK/MARK is a FREE series of authors in informal conversation, sponsored by First Niagara. Followed by a book sale and signing.


This is a Free Event! Reservations are suggested; please call (860) 280-3130.



Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours: Winter Chills Edition

Friday, March 28, and Saturday, March 29; 6:00, 7:00, 8:00 and 9:00 p.m.


Ghost Tours We reprise our popular Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours for some winter fun! The Mark Twain House has been featured on Syfy Channel's Ghost Hunters and the Biography Channel's My Ghost Story.


On these tours participants will hear about these investigations -- and learn about Mark Twain's own interest in the supernatural.


Filled with haunted history, dark tales and Victorian traditions surrounding seances and spiritualism, these nighttime tours are as educational as they are goosebump-inducing.


Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours sell out fast, so be sure to make your reservations soon!


Call: (860) 280-3130 for more information & ticketing. Or, click here for tickets.




Get inspired with our Writing Classes, Workshops, and Annual Writers Weekend!



Go deep into detail and challenge yourself with a 6-week course in Fiction, Memoir, or Storytelling. Courses are $265 and meet on Wednesdays from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. beginning March 19. Learn from the best--past students have called these courses "terrific classes in an intimate setting."


If you have less time or want to try a new genre, register for a Saturday writing workshop! Next up are Playwriting with Sarah Moon on March 22nd and Writing for Young Adults with Dayna Kaufman Lorentz, April 12. Saturday writing workshops run from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. and cost $40.


Ready for the big kahuna? Come to our 3rd Annual Writers Weekend to meet authors, get your books signed, attend workshops, lectures, panels, and so much more! Keynote speaker is Meg Wolitzer, author of The Interestings. The weekend will also feature former editor-in-chief of Granta, John Freeman, and a round of "Literary Death Match." April 25 - 27, $150.



... and a special, never-before offered opportunity:  

Writing in Mark Twain's Library


Bring your laptop or your journal, and spend a quiet, uninterrupted Sunday morning drawing inspiration from the same room as Sam himself. Very limited enrollment-only 15 participants allowed.March 23, 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. $50.




Registration and more information for all writing events is available by phone at (860) 280-3130 or by clicking here

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Your donation to The Mark Twain House & Museum has a major impact on our ability to preserve this beautiful home, provide crucial educational programs for thousands of schoolchildren, offer mind-stimulating and spine-tingling events for adults, and welcome thousands of visitors each year.  
 ...and make your donation count double: Find out if your employer has a Matching Gift program.
Donate online, call 860-280-3112, or send your donation to: The Mark Twain House & Museum, Development Department, 351 Farmington Ave, Hartford, Connecticut 06105.
Join the FRIENDS
The Friends of The Mark Twain House & Museum offer wonderful speaking events, social gatherings, and fun volunteer opportunities. Pony up $30 and you'll get it all, too! 


It's the volunteer organization that has supported the museum for more than 50 years. To join, call Membership Co-Chairs Chuck Paydos, 860-242-4825, or Dee Peters, 860-233-4066. 


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 us online. Programs at The Mark Twain House & Museum are supported by the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts, and the Greater Hartford Arts Council's United Arts Campaign.
David Cash
Mark Twain House & Museum