About Us

Advisory Board

Anita Estell, Principal, Polsinelli Shalton Flanigan Suelthaus Law Firm
Hal Holbrook, Actor
Ron Powers, Journalist & Author
Larry Thompson, SVP of Government Affairs, General Counsel & Secretary, Pepsico Inc.


There are two boards that have jurisdiction over the Mark Twain Museum Properties.

The city-owned Mark Twain properties (The Boyhood Home, Judge Clemens Justice of the Peace Office, Grant's Drug Store/Pilaster House, and Tom and Huck Statue) are monitored by the Mark Twain Home Board. Today the Home Board is appointed by the city to administer the terms of the city lease with the Mark Twain Home Foundation which sees the overall daily operation of the museum properties.

Mark Twain Home Board Members:

Frank Salter, Chairman
Mary Callicott
Kristy Trevathan
Dian Volkmer

The Mark Twain Home Foundation is a not-for-profit foundation which has leased the City of Hannibal owned properties and has properties of its own. The Foundation is responsible for overseeing the operation, maintenance and development of the entire Mark Twain Museum.

For a history of the museum properties, click here.

Mark Twain Home Foundation Board of Directors:

Dian Volkmer, President
Mike McKay, Vice President
Jill Janes, Treasurer
Ronald B. Verdier, Secretary
Robert Boone
Phillip B. Foreman
Anne Hizar
Harry Hosmer
Mike McKay
Wells Pettibone
Dana Ruhl
Rachel Bringer Shepherd
Mark Wasinger
Martin Zehr


Executive Director/Education Coordinator: Henry Sweets

Marketing and Community Relations Manager: Melissa Cummins

Finance & Manager of Gift Shops: Dena Ellis

Administrative Assistant: Na On "Mai" Conrad

Awards and Honors

Mark Twain Museum chosen as one of the Best Fifteen Small Town Museums in the United States by Foders - March, 2015

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.

Missouri 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.

National Historic Landmark - December 29, 1962 - The Mark Twain Boyhood Home was granted National Historic Landmark status in 1962. 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.

"Partner Place" National 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


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