...a good and wholesome thing is a little harmless fun in this world; it tones a body up and keeps him human and prevents him from souring.
- Mark Twain, "Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc"
As many of you know, Free Programs at The Mark Twain House & Museum have become a staple of our community offerings, serving thousands of people from age 0 to 100 each year. These programs include our Trouble Begins monthly lecture series, family-friendly community events (such as Tom Sawyer Day and our Ice Cream Social), performances, lectures, and more.What you may not know is that while these programs are free to you and your neighbors, they still cost money to put on: keeping the lights on so we can see, ensuring the safety and good condition of our buildings, grounds and parking areas, maintaining and running the air conditioning or heat and more. While many of our performers, lecturers and guest artists generously donate or discount their fees, not all can and there are still other costs like travel and set-up that we incur.
For a few years, these programs were funded by a local corporation, but we recently lost that funding support. We are working to secure a new sponsor for 2015 but still need to pay for this year's programs. We would never back out on a promise to our community, which is why we need YOUR help. We've started a GoFundMe campaign to try to raise the money we need to keep these quality fun, free and important programs going. Please visit our campaign page to learn more about these programs and give whatever you can to help us reach our goal!
If you would prefer to send us a check, please make it out to "The Mark Twain House & Museum" and put "Free Programs" in the memo line.
The Mark Twain House & Museum
351 Farmington Avenue
Hartford, CT 06105
Thank you in advance for your support! We hope to see you soon!
- More Maxims of Mark, Johnson, 1927
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, includingAdventures 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, 11:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (Closed Tuesdays January through March.) For more information, call 860-247-0998 or visit www.marktwainhouse.org.
Programs at the Mark Twain House & Museum are made possible in part by support from the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts, and the Greater Hartford Arts Council's United Arts Campaign..