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The Mark Twain House & Museum

351 Farmington Avenue
Hartford, CT 06105 United States
860-247-0998 www.marktwainhouse.org

October 2019

Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours at Mark Twain House

October 24 @ 6:00 pm - December 23 @ 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Friday and Saturday, repeating until October 26, 2019

One event on October 17, 2019 at 6:00 pm

One event on October 24, 2019 at 6:00 pm

The Mark Twain House & Museum, 351 Farmington Avenue
Hartford, CT 06105 United States
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$17 – $25

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 are sponsored by Tsunami Tsolutions.

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Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours at Mark Twain House

October 25 @ 6:00 pm - December 24 @ 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Friday and Saturday, repeating until October 26, 2019

One event on October 17, 2019 at 6:00 pm

One event on October 24, 2019 at 6:00 pm

The Mark Twain House & Museum, 351 Farmington Avenue
Hartford, CT 06105 United States
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$17 – $25

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 are sponsored by Tsunami Tsolutions.

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Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours at Mark Twain House

October 26 @ 6:00 pm - December 25 @ 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Friday and Saturday, repeating until October 26, 2019

One event on October 17, 2019 at 6:00 pm

One event on October 24, 2019 at 6:00 pm

The Mark Twain House & Museum, 351 Farmington Avenue
Hartford, CT 06105 United States
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$17 – $25

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 are sponsored by Tsunami Tsolutions.

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November 2019

Mark My Words: Eoin Colfer and “The Fowl Twins”

November 5 @ 7:00 pm
The Mark Twain House & Museum, 351 Farmington Avenue
Hartford, CT 06105 United States
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$15 – $25

The Fowl Twins is a spin-off from the eight-volume Artemis Fowl science fantasy series created by Eoin Colfer for readers in grades 5 to 9.  The new book features Artemis’s younger twin brothers. One week after their eleventh birthday, the Fowl twins–scientist Myles and Beckett, the force of nature–are left in the care of house security (NANNI) for a single night. In that time they befriend a troll who has clawed his way through the Earth’s crust to the surface. Unfortunately for the troll, he is being chased by a nefarious nobleman and an interrogating nun, who both need the magical creature for their own gain, as well as a fairy-in-training who has been assigned to protect him. The boys and their new troll best friend escape and go on the run. Along the way they get shot at, kidnapped, buried, arrested, threatened, and killed (temporarily), and they discover that the strongest bond in the world is not the one forged by covalent electrons in adjacent atoms, but the one that exists between a pair of twins. A book sale and signing follows the talk.

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Mark My Words: “1,000 Places to See Before You Die”

November 6 @ 7:00 pm
The Mark Twain House & Museum, 351 Farmington Avenue
Hartford, CT 06105 United States
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$20

Patricia Schultz is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller 1,000 Places to See Before You Die. The Mark Twain House & Museum has been featured in the book since it was first published in 2003. Schultz is presenting a revised and updated version of her popular book at The Mark Twain House & Museum. The new edition features 1,100 photographs. A veteran travel journalist with more than 30 years of experience, Schultz has written for Frommer’s, Berlitz, and Access travel guides, as well as The Wall Street Journal, Condé Nast Traveler, and Travel Weekly, where she is a contributing editor.  Forbes has named her one of the 25 most influential women in travel today.  Her home base is New York City, but good luck finding her there. A book sale and signing follow the talk.

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The Mouth-Off with Chion Wolf: “In Transit”

November 8 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Mark Twain House & Museum, 351 Farmington Avenue
Hartford, CT 06105 United States
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$10

Join Chion Wolf as she brings the best of Hartford storytelling with The Mouth-Off to the Mark Twain House for the seventh straight year! Each edition has a different theme. Submit your story based on the theme before the show, and you might get chosen to tell your story live! November's theme: "In Transit" Cash bar 7 pm; Mouthing-Off begins 7:30 pm. Only TEN BUCKS cheap! See you there!

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The Trouble Begins: Lawrence Howe on “Mark Twain, Ambivalent Capitalist”

November 13 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The Mark Twain House & Museum, 351 Farmington Avenue
Hartford, CT 06105 United States
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Free

Once the youthful Samuel L. Clemens gave up on the idea of becoming a coca baron in the Amazon, and became a river pilot, he actively sought to corner the egg market in the Mississippi Valley. These were the first of a string of business ventures for which Clemens is notorious. But was he really that bad at it? Lawrence Howe, noted Twain scholar and current President of the Mark Twain Circle of America, addresses the role of business in this lively talk – which offers surprising answers. A 5 p.m. reception will precede the performance. The event is free, but pre-registration is strongly suggested. 

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West End Wednesdays: Scott Wallace

November 13 @ 5:30 pm
The Mark Twain House & Museum, 351 Farmington Avenue
Hartford, CT 06105 United States
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Free

West End Wednesdays features authors who live in or near the West End of Hartford. Scott Wallace is a writer, photographer, broadcast journalist and public speaker who covers the environment, vanishing cultures, and  conflict over land and resources in the world’s volatile frontier regions. He is a former Central America correspondent for CBS News,  Newsweek, and the Guardian. His is the author of The Unconquered: In Search of the Amazon’s Last Uncontacted Tribes. Wallace’s assignments have taken him on expeditions into the Himalayas, the Andes and the Amazon, and from the Alaskan Arctic, to the clandestine arms bazaars of the former Soviet Union. He has written several feature stories for National Geographic, and his writings about war, revolution, international organized crime, and indigenous cultures have also appeared in Harper’s, Grand Street, National Geographic Adventure, Smithsonian, the Village Voice, and Sports Afield. His photography has been featured in Smithsonian, National Geographic Traveler, Outside, Details, Interview, Sports Afield, the New York Times, and Newsweek, and his television producing credits include CBS, CNN, Fox News, and National Geographic Channel. Wallace teaches environmental journalism, feature writing, magazine journalism, journalism ethics and, visual journalism at the University of Connecticut. The evenings begin at 5:30 p.m. with light refreshments cash-only wine, and beer. Readings and discussions start at 6 p.m. A book signing and sale follows. West End Wednesdays is sponsored by the West End Civic Association.    

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Get A Clue Murder Mystery Tours

November 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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One event on March 22, 2019 at 7:00 pm

One event on April 26, 2019 at 7:00 pm

One event on June 28, 2019 at 7:00 pm

One event on August 23, 2019 at 7:00 pm

One event on November 22, 2019 at 7:00 pm

One event on November 23, 2019 at 7:00 pm

The Mark Twain House & Museum, 351 Farmington Avenue
Hartford, CT 06105 United States
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$25

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. Get A 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! Get A Clue Murder Mystery Tours take participants through the various rooms of the Twain house — and use some of the author’s favorite literary characters — as part of the game. Sponsored by Webster Bank.

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Get A Clue Murder Mystery Tours

November 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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One event on March 22, 2019 at 7:00 pm

One event on April 26, 2019 at 7:00 pm

One event on June 28, 2019 at 7:00 pm

One event on August 23, 2019 at 7:00 pm

One event on November 22, 2019 at 7:00 pm

One event on November 23, 2019 at 7:00 pm

The Mark Twain House & Museum, 351 Farmington Avenue
Hartford, CT 06105 United States
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$25

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. Get A 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! Get A Clue Murder Mystery Tours take participants through the various rooms of the Twain house — and use some of the author’s favorite literary characters — as part of the game. Sponsored by Webster Bank.

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December 2019

Mark My Words: Susannah Cahalan Talks About Mental Health In “The Great Pretender”

December 3 @ 7:00 pm
The Mark Twain House & Museum, 351 Farmington Avenue
Hartford, CT 06105 United States
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$20

Brain On Fire, a well-received 2012 memoir by New York Post reporter Susannah Cahalan, chronicled her month-long hospital stay after an unknown pathogen caused and autoimmune response that had her body attacking her brain. In her new book, The Great Pretender: The Undercover Mission That Changed Our Understanding of Madness, she begins with a 1973 experiment by a Stanford psychologist named David Rosenhan and seven other people–sane, normal, well-adjusted members of society–who went undercover into asylums around America to test the legitimacy of psychiatry’s labels. Forced to remain inside until they’d “proven” themselves sane, all eight emerged with alarming diagnoses and even more troubling stories of their treatment. Rosenhan’s watershed study broke open the field of psychiatry, closing down institutions and changing mental-health diagnosis forever. But, as Cahalan’s explosive new research shows, very little in this saga is exactly as it seems. What really happened behind those closed asylum doors, and what does it mean for our understanding of mental illness today? A book sale and signing follows the talk. 

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The Trouble Begins: Tom Raines Discusses “Who Was George Griffin?”

December 11 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The Mark Twain House & Museum, 351 Farmington Avenue
Hartford, CT 06105 United States
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In an on-stage interview with Mark Twain House historian Steve Courtney, Tom Raines – who plays the Clemens family’s butler, George Griffin, in the museum’s Living History program – will talk about the man he portrays, his life, his role in the household, and his extraordinary outlook on his times. Griffin was born a slave, escaped to the Union lines during the Civil War, and found himself ultimately in Hartford. He joined the household as butler, the lead servant, and was also a major political and economic figure in the city's black community. Twain considered him a good friend and wrote an appreciative memoir of him. Raines will also tell how he developed the Living History character; discuss the issues of portraying him, especially for African American visitors; and provide a look at Raines’s own dramatic career. Tom Raines, who lives in Hartford, has been active in theater for more than 30 years. He has been involved with numerous Connecticut troupes, including the Theatre Guild of Simsbury, the Connecticut Cabaret Theatre in Berlin, and the Hole in the Wall Theater in New Britain. Outside his theater life, he was the first African American dispatcher in the Hartford Police Department, serving there for 20 years. He has taught at the University High School for Science and Engineering in Hartford, and was floor director and house manager at the Bushnell  Performing Arts  Center, also for 20 years. A 5:00 p.m. reception will precede the performance. The event is free, but pre-registration is strongly suggested.

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West End Wednesdays: Ethan Rutherford

December 11 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The Mark Twain House & Museum, 351 Farmington Avenue
Hartford, CT 06105 United States
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Free

West End Wednesdays features authors who live in or near the West End of Hartford. Ethan Rutherford is the author of The Peripatetic Coffin and Other Stories, which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and for the John Leonard Award, received honorable mention for the PEN/Hemingway Award, and was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. His short fiction has appeared in Tin House, Ploughshares, American Short Fiction, and The Best American Short Stories. He teaches creative writing at Trinity College. The evenings begin at 5:30 p.m. with light refreshments and a cash-only wine and beer bar. Readings and discussions start at 6 p.m. Authors will sell and sign books after their talks.   West End Wednesdays is sponsored by the West End Civic Association.  

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