Events and Exhibits

Whitewash Tom's Fence and Support Twain's Homes

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Dr. Cindy Lovell to return to Hannibal to

Whitewash the Famous Fence

 

 

On July 3rd, Dr. Cindy Lovell, the former executive director of the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum will return to Hannibal to “make good” on a friendly wager that her current home, the Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford lost last July. 

 

The Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum and the Mark Twain House & Museum struck up a friendly competition in July 2013 to see which museum could raise the most donations towards their endowment funds by asking visitors if they would donate a dollar to their perspective museums.  It was agreed that the losing museum’s director would travel to the other city to perform a task.  If Hannibal lost, Henry Sweets would travel to wash windows of the Mark Twain House and if Hartford lost, Lovell would visit Hannibal to whitewash the fence.  As an added incentive, the losing museum would loan a prominent artifact to the winner to be displayed for a year.  At the end of the month it was determined that Hannibal had won and Lovell was to book her flight to Hannibal.

 

Starting at 1:00 p.m. on July 3, Dr. Lovell will be in Hannibal to perform her task.  Both museums invite the public to come down to Hill Street and cheer on Cindy as she white washes the boards.

 

In addition, any visitor or bystander who would like to have their picture taken whitewashing the fence may join in.  The only requirement is that participants make a contribution to the endowment contest, which will be divided equally between the two museums.

 

As Mark Twain wrote in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, “does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?”  So join the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum and the Mark Twain House & Museum on July 3 and have your chance to whitewash the fence. 

 


 

GLADYS COGGSWELL - LIVE PERFORMANCES May 8 - October

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WHAT: "A True Story, Repeated Word for Word As I Heard It"

Gladys Coggswell performs at the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum in Hannibal, Missouri

WHO: Performed by Gladys Coggswell, world class storyteller
            WHEN: May 7 through the end of October, Wednesdays through Saturdays

10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: The Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum Gallery (120 North Main)

COST: Free with museum ticket, thanks to funding from the Missouri Arts Council 

and the Missouri Humanities Council


Gladys Coggswell is a master storyteller who performs as "Aunt Rachel," a former slave whose real name was Mary Ann Cord. One summer evening, Mary Ann recalled her life as a slave and the sorrow of being torn apart from her husband and children on the auction block.  Twain wrote her story and published it in the Atlantic Monthly in 1874. (Approx. 40 min.) Performances subject to change without notice. 
                                                 Missouri Arts Council funds Mark Twain Museum live performances featuring Gladys Coggswell Missouri Humanities Council supports live performances at the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum
 

MARK TWAIN LIVE PERFORMANCES - May through October

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WHAT: "Mark Twain's Retreat" - Twain's Civil War recollections

Jim Waddell performs Mark Twain's Civil War recollections at the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum during summer 2013.

WHO: Performed by Jim Waddell, respected Mark Twain actor

            WHEN: May 8 through the end of October, Thursdays through Sundays at 4 p.m.

WHERE: The Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum Gallery (120 North Main)

COST: Free, thanks to funding from the Missouri Division of Tourism 

and the Missouri Humanities Council

Civil War Missouri was a powder keg of conflicting sentiments. Jim Waddell stages a presentation in the Museum Gallery to give visitors an overview of this period of national transition - from Twain's unique perspective. (Approx. 40 min.) Performances subject to change without notice. 

Missouri Division of Tourism funds live performances at the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum Missouri Humanities Council supports live performances at the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum