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Hartford, CT/July 15, 2020 The Mark Twain House & Museum announced today that Connecticut Humanities has awarded the museum a $15,000 CARES Act Humanities Relief Grant. The grant was made possible with funding provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act economic stabilization plan.

The grant will help the museum to offset the loss of revenue and additional expenses resulting from COVID-19. Executive Director Pieter Roos said, “We are very grateful for this support. It will help sustain the museum through this difficult time, so that we may continue to preserve our historic assets for the benefit of the public and to serve the community through our programming.”

Jason R. Mancini, Executive Director of Connecticut Humanities said, “The Mark Twain House & Museum educates the public about the life and legacy of one of our nation’s most influential cultural figures. CT Humanities is pleased to provide CARES Act funding so that this work can continue during the unprecedented disruptions of the COVID pandemic.”

Connecticut Humanities, a non-profit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, provides opportunities to explore the history, literature, and the vibrant culture that make our state, cities, and towns attractive places to live and work. Learn more by visiting

The Mark Twain House & Museum is the restored Hartford, Connecticut home where American author Samuel Clemens — Mark Twain — and his family lived from 1874 to 1891. Twain wrote his most important works, including Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, during the years he lived there. 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 Avenue are open daily. For more information call 860-247-0998 or visit

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 and its Travelers Arts Impact Grant program, with major support from The Travelers Foundation.

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