Awards and Honors

Mark Twain Museum chosen as one of the 15 Best Small-Town Museums in the U.S. by Foder’s Travel – March, 2015

Fodor's Award

Missouri Division of Tourism 2012 Ambassador Award – September 2012 – Awarded to Museum Director Cindy Lovell “for personifying the word ambassador. She enthusiastically supports not only Mark Twain, but Hannibal and Missouri tourism as well. Her passion and dedication to Missouri tourism is unrivaled.”

Hannibal Area Chamber of Commerce Community Betterment Award – January 2012 – Awarded to Museum Director Cindy Lovell for the Mark Twain: Words & Music CD.

Hannibal Area Chamber of Commerce Civic Contributor Award – January 2011 – Awarded to Museum Director Cindy Lovell for the Museum’s leadership in 2010, “The Year of Mark Twain.”

Hannibal NAACP Martin Luther King, Jr. Award – October 17, 2010 – Awarded to Museum Director Cindy Lovell for her work teaching the science inquiry method in a special after-school program.

Trip Advisor logoMissouri Governor’s 2010 Humanities Award  – October 13, 2010 – Exemplary Community Achievement – Recognizes special contributions to a community’s understanding of and support for humanities-related endeavors.

ALA Literary Landmark – April 24, 2010 – The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), designated the Museum a Literary Landmark in recognition of the Museum’s efforts to preserve the legacy of America’s most beloved author.  Joining in support of this award were the Missouri Humanities Council, Read More Missouri, and the Hannibal Free Public Library.

Hannibal Area Chamber of Commerce Pacesetter Award – January 13, 2010 – Awarded to Museum Curator Henry H. Sweets III for more than 30 years of leadership at the Museum and in the community.

Year of Mark Twain: 2010 – April 21, 2010 – Missouri Governor Jeremiah (Jay) Nixon and Hannibal Mayor Roy Hark issued separate proclamations declaring 2010 “The Year of Mark Twain” in honor of the 100th anniversary of Twain’s death on April 21, 1910 and the 175th anniversary of his birth on November 30, 1835. Senators Claire McCaskill and Kit Bond sponsored a U.S. Senate Resolution honoring Mark Twain and recognizing the Museum on Nov. 30, 2010.

“Partner Place” Ntrav-hannibal2ational Trust for Historic Preservation – October 2005 – The National Trust for Historic Preservation granted the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum ‘Partner Place’ status in one of its newest programs. In order to be considered for ‘Partner Place’, an entity must convey an overall sense of historic integrity, be owned by a nonprofit or government entity, and offer an educational or interpretive program related to the historic significance of the site.


Hannibal Area Chamber of Commerce Community Betterment Award
– 1991 & 1995

National Historic Landmark – December 29, 1962 – The Mark Twain Boyhood Home was granted National Historic Landmark status. National Historic Landmarks are nationally significant historic places designated by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior for possessing exceptional value or quality in interpreting or illustrating the heritage of the United States. Today, fewer than 2,500 landmarks bear this distinction.