Ladies of Twain

How a resourceful group of women came to the rescue of the Twain House

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Ladies of Twain

The Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford was in danger of being shut down back in 2008 after years of bad financial management.  But the struggle to save the 19 room mansion has been one that’s been going on for much longer.

It’s taken years of research, a lot of money and a little bit of luck to restore the house and make it a destination for visitors - who get to experience what it looked like when Mark Twain smoked cigars in his billiard room.

WNPR senior producer Catie Talarski tells the story of a hard-fought restoration project, and how a resourceful group of women came to the rescue.