Community Projects

Mark Twain Museum Community Projects

The Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum actively seeks to enhance both or local community of Hannibal, Missouri and the community of Twain fans worldwide. If you have an idea for a Community Project, contact us!  Click on the links below to learn more about the various community projects presently in the works.


100 Years of Memories

The Museum turns 100 in 2012! Share your favorite family photos and memories with us for an online exhibit and a gallery exhibit.  Most importantly - come visit!

Black History

The Museum properties include the stories of slavery in Hannibal and in the Clemens family. During our busy season we also feature regular live performances that delve into this history.

Coin Bill

HR 2453 and S1929 - the Mark Twain Commemorative Coin Act. This 2011-2012 initiative will yield funding for four Twain sites including ours. THE MARK TWAIN COIN ACT HAS PASSED!

Mark Twain CD

Released September 21, 2011, Mark Twain: Words & Music is a double-CD telling Twain's life in spoken word and song. It features Clint Eastwood as Mark Twain, Jimmy Buffett as Huck Finn, and Garrison Keillor as the narrator.  Great singers, too!

Missouri School Read-In Day

The Museum sponsored Missouri's first School Read-In Day.  Get your local elementary school involved!

Music Under the Stars

Entering our sixth year of this Hannibal favorite, Music Under the Stars is a free outdoor summer concert series held between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Van Swearingen House

Students from Hannibal High School's Historic Preservation Trades class worked to restore this historic property through a community partnership. The House is now SOLD!

Young Authors

To date, 36 students from around the country participated in this full scholarship program in 2007, 2008, and 2010 during which talented young writers spend a week in Hannibal walking in Sam Clemens's footsteps.


Other Projects

Three Highland Elementary School teachers, Tracy Marold, Traci Mosby, and Chrissy Abell, continue to collaborate with the Museum. These teachers attended one of our week-long workshops last summer, and now they sponsor "Twain's Travelers" - a group of 20 third and fourth grade students that meet every Monday after school to study Mark Twain's adventures in Following the Equator. The students create passports in which they record countries "visited" through books they have read. They also create a calendar of Mark Twain quotes (since each chapter in Following the Equator begins with a quote) and a travel brochure illustrating countries visited by Twain during his travels. They work on a variety of Twain-related projects and visit the Museum each year. We are proud of these teachers for expanding their students' horizons with Mark Twain.

The students of Dr. Caroline Collins of Quincy University wrote papers for their African-American literature class. The papers focus on providing helpful background to a particular historical period, but they also bring in segments of literature from or about the period. Students' final projects are shared below:

Following the Unpaved Path includes local history with mentions of the Lincoln-Douglas debate and the Eels House, a safe house for runaway slaves in Quincy, Illinois.

The Jazz Age addresses some of the aftermath of slavery.

If you have an idea for a community project, please contact us.

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