HNB Bank donates to the Mark Twain Museum

Contribution designated for the Becky Thatcher House Children's Playroom

John Zimmer, president of HNB Bank, recently presented Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum director Cindy Lovell with a check to support ongoing work at the Becky Thatcher House renovation.
"We're grateful to HNB for their continued support as we near completion of this important project," Lovell said. "Once the interior work is complete, we'll be able to focus on the new exhibits." The contribution from HNB Bank will fund the Children's Playroom, an area for visitors to engage in nineteenth century games, dress up in period clothing, and play with toys from the era.
The project got underway in 2008 just before the economic collapse, which slowed donations and hampered progress. Now, thanks to more recent support, the museum plans to reopen the structure in 2013. It will feature new exhibits that tell stories of Hannibal children during the mid-1850s, a children's play area, gift shop, and outdoor garden area.
The structure was home to Laura Hawkins, the model for Twain's fictional character, Becky Thatcher. Lovell said donations are gratefully accepted.
"All donations made by December 31st are fully tax-deductible for the 2012 tax year," Lovell said. "Donations can be made online, by mail, or in person." Naming opportunities remain available. More information is available at:

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