Capital Community College Receives Mark Twain House & Museum’s “Sammie” Award

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January 29, 2016

Hartford, CT – The Mark Twain House & Museum has selected Capital Community College (CCC) as their Education Partner of the Year at the second annual Samuel Clemens Awards (aka “The Sammies”) held January 28.

“We are deeply honored to receive this award from the Mark Twain House & Museum, said Dr. Jeffrey Partridge, Capital’s Humanities Chair, who accepted the award for the college at the event.

Last fall, Capital partnered with the Mark Twain House & Museum and the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center to offer a literature course focused on Twain and Stowe. The hybrid course was a combination of in-person and online classes, and it was the first time either of the institutions have held a course with an area college. Dr. Partridge taught the class and students also learned from staff experts at the Twain and Stowe museums, who provided them with a behind-the-scenes look at the houses, archives and exhibits.

“Capital has worked hard to increase our collaborations with cultural and arts institutions in Hartford, and this course on Twain and Stowe is the crown jewel of this project thus far,” Dr. Partridge remarked.

Partridge, who also directs the Hartford Heritage Project, a National Endowment for the Humanities supported initiative to infuse CCC course curricula with local resources, said “To hold a literature course on two of the most influential authors in American literature at the homes and museums of these great authors is a dream come true, and an amazing experience for our students.”

The course, English 220 Studies in American Literature: Stowe and Twain, will be offered again this fall.

To find out more about the Hartford Heritage Project at Capital Community College, visit

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