Twain House Gets Financial Boost

The nearly bankrupt Mark Twain House is getting some financial help.

The Annenberg Foundation is giving the Hartford landmark a $500,000 gift.

The money will help, the museum director said, but the Mark Twain house still needs more long-term solutions.

"While we still have a long way to go, this marks a strong first step towards preserving the future of The Mark Twain House & Museum,” Jeffrey Nichols, executive director of The Mark Twain House, said in a news release.

The historic home has been forced to cut costs and some workers have been laid off while trying to raise cash to stay open.

The Mark Twain House & Museum is the site of Twain’s Hartford home, a National Historic Landmark, where he and his family lived from 1874 to 1891.

While living in the house, Twain wrote some of his most important works, including "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" and "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer."

In addition to providing tours of Mark Twain’s restored home, the Museum offers public programs that advance Twain’s legacy.

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