The Mark Twain Week In Review

Look for Twain's commemorative coin in 2016 and ghosts in his house.

The Mark Twain House was featured in the season finale of SyFy's "Ghost Hunters."
The U.S. Mint will also issue commemorative coins honoring the author. Photo:Filtered image. Original photo by Chion Wolf.
Interview with Jacques Lamarre
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Interview with Jacques Lamarre

Its been a big week for the Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford. On Tuesday, President Obama signed the Mark Twain Commemorative Coin Act. It directs the U.S. mint to design and release silver dollar and gold $5 coins bearing the image of Twain.

"Of course we feel that Mark Twain as 'the Lincoln of our literature' as William Dean Howells called him was certainly deserving of a commemorative coin," said Jacques Lamarre, the director of communication at the Mark Twain House and Museum.

"Once the mint recoups the cost of producing the coins, all the excess goes to benefitting organizations," said Lamarre.

Each organization, including the Hartford Twain House, could make over a million dollars from the sale of the coins.

On Wednesday, the SyFy television show "Ghost Hunters" wrapped up their season with yet another trip to Twain's home.

It was the third episode featuring the Mark Twain House. Although these appearances have brought people interested in ghosts to the house, Lammare hopes that they'll come away with more of an appreciation for Twain's work.