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The Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum has provided a list of events for the remainder of 2017 and the beginning of 2018. Click on a month to see what events will be held at that time.


January

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February

February 8

Mark Twain Museum’s 8th Annual Trivia Night

     Get ready to Shake, Rattle ‘N Roll at the Mark Twain Museum’s Eighth Annual Trivia Night! Cruise on over to the American Legion Hall, 3819 Hwy. MM, Hannibal on February 8th for an evening dedicated to the Fabulous 50’s! $100 cash prizes awarded to the Winning Team and also to the “Best” 50’s themed team table! So don those 50’s threads, bust out those pony tails, jelly rolls and leather jackets.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with rounds of trivia beginning at 7 p.m. Fabulous 50’s Trivia Night also includes a free team challenge, 50’s fast rounds, a 50/50 raffle and silent auction.

Trivia teams consist of up to 10 players per team at $10/10 members or $100 team entry. Teams compete in 10 different categories dedicated to the Fabulous 50’s. 10 questions per each round. Prizes to the first-place team, winners of the team challenge and fast round winners.

Donations for the silent auction as well as sponsors for rounds of trivia are needed. Click here to register your team.  For information on sponsorship opportunities click here.  A sponsorship form to donate to the silent auction or sponsor a round of trivia for $100 can be found here . Contact Melissa at 573-221-9010 ext. 404 for questions.

   So gather up all your hip friends, don your best 50’s threads, grab your favorite snacks, and cruise on over to the Mark Twain Museum’s Annual Trivia Night. Beverages available for purchase at event (no outside beverages).


March

March 9

2019 marks Hannibal’s Bicentennial, and author Steve Chou has released a new edition of his original Bluff City Memories for this special occasion.  The Bicentennial Edition, Hannibal: Bluff City Memories 1819 – 2019 is a beautiful pictorial chronicle of Hannibal’s rich history.  Chou’s collection of photos include the majestic steamboats, former Union Depot, images of old-fashioned picnics at the Mark Twain Cave and images of the old Mark Twain Bridge. But he also takes us through to present images, including the Annual Folklife Festival, historic floods, businesses that have come and gone, and of the stately residences that line some of Hannibal’s streets, including the historic “Millionaire Row”. 

On March 9th at 2:00 p.m., author and avid historian, Steve Chou, will present a book talk and book signing at the Mark Twain Museum Gallery.  Chou will share stories to go along with the pictures he has included in his book. Copies of his work, Bicentennial Edition, Hannibal: Bluff City Memories 1819 – 2019 will be available at the Mark Twain Gift Shop prior to the talk.

Chou’s newest release features all the original pages of images from his first pictorial history book, Bluff City Memories, released in 2001, plus an additional sixty photographs and two additional chapters. Some of the new images include very early views of North Main Street, an interior view of the old Park Theatre shortly after it was completed and a Hannibal baseball game from 1909.

To reserve this special Bicentennial Edition book, you may call the museum at 573-221-9010, ext. 403. The Bicentennial Edition of Hannibal: Bluff City Memories 1819 – 2019 is set to be released March 4, 2019.

 

 


April

April 1 through April 30

The Hickory Stick Quilt Shop and The Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum host a quilt contest and exhibition in honor of Hannibal’s Bicentennial. “A Journey Through Time: Hannibal, Missouri 1819 – 2019” is open to all quilters and aspiring quilters. Due to limited space for exhibition, all quilts will be juried for the display which will be held throughout the month of April. Quilts accepted will be on display at the Museum Gallery. A special Bicentennial Quilt Award will be presented along with category winners.

CONTEST GUIDELINES:
*Entry form with photo due February 19, 2019 to Hickory Stick Quilt Shop.
*Eligible quilts must have perimeter measurement no less than 160″ and be quilted and bound or faced. There is no upper limit to the size of quilt that can be entered.
*All quilts must be constructed of three layers fabric and/or batting quilted together by hand, machine or a combination of the two methods and must be in excellent condition (clean and pet hair free) with vintage quilts being “reasonable for age”.
*Any pattern or design can be used but should relate to the theme “A Journey Through Time: Hannibal 1819-2019”.
*Identification label must be securely fastened to a bottom back corner of the quilt.
*Quilt must have a 4″ sleeve attached to the back for hanging in the museum.
*Judging will be based on workmanship, design, aesthetic and adherence to the theme.
*Prizes totaling $675 in gift certificates will be awarded to first, second and third designation in each of three categories: vintage, traditional and artistic.
*Vintage quilt is any quilt made before 1969 (sesquicentennial date).
*Traditional quilt is any quilt (appliqued or pieced) made using a traditional block pattern or kit and may be an original design. A quilt does not have to be a traditional block design to be considered a traditional quilt. All art-like quilts that are not of original design would still be considered a traditional quilt.
*Artistic quilts must be original in design using non-traditional quilting, sewing, and/or embellishment techniques and must be constructed and quilted by the entrant.
*When quilts are delivered to The Hickory Stick Quilt Shop, staff will safety pin a copy of the entry form to the quilt.
*All Decisions of the jurors and judges are final. Judges will view the quilts before awarding prizes. There will be First, Second and Third place awards in each category designated by
certificates of recognition.

For questions contact Sharon Wasteney, sharonwasteney@gmail.com

 

April 26

The Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum presents Fashion, Drinks & Shopping, Oh My! 2019 Spring Fashion Show, featuring fashions hot off the runway from Danni Nicole’s, Maurices, Matilda Jane, JCPenney, The Mark Twain Museum Gift Shops and Yu!.  Enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres during the fashion show and shop the new Spring lines at the many booths following the show.  Seating is limited.  Your $20 ticket includes drinks, hors d’oeuvres and fashion show.  Call the museum at 573-221-9010 ext. 403 to purchase your tickets.  Sponsored by Mark Twain Distributing and The Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum.  For more information, visit our event page at Fashion, Drinks & Shopping, Oh My!.

 


May

 

 

 


June

Held every Thursday at 7:00pm on Historic Hill Street between Sam’s Boyhood Home and the Becky Thatcher House, this event showcases local area musicians as well as regional performers. Come join us for these wonderful artists (no entry fee; all events are free to the public) 

 


July

July 4 through July 6

The Tom and Becky Program will be hosting the 64th Tom and Becky Reunion, July 4 through July 6, 2019 during Hannibal’s National Tom Sawyer Days! Join former and current Tom and Becky Ambassadors during Hannibal’s Bicentennial for three days of events including “Tom and Becky Through the Years” July 4th Parade floats, an evening Dinner and Social with all of our past and current Toms and Beckys, and an old-fashioned Family picnic reminiscent of those Sam and Laura would have enjoyed as children. Complete with 1840’s games and activities!

The Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum is excited to be hosting a History and Evolution of the Tom and Becky Program Exhibit during the month of July to coincide with the program’s reunion. The exhibit, to be housed within the Museum Gallery, will include photos, articles and items relating to the Tom and Becky Program and its history. The Mark Twain Museum is accepting up to two images or items from past Tom and Becky Ambassadors to include in the exhibit. Contact Melissa Cummins, Tom and Becky Coordinator and Marketing Director at the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum to loan an item for the exhibit at 573-221-9010 extension 404.

Detailed information on all events for the 64th Tom and Becky Reunion will be coming soon. The Tom and Becky Program is currently updating addresses and phone numbers on all of our former Toms and Beckys. Please contact melissa.cummins@marktwainmuseum.org if you have information on past Toms and Beckys.

Mark your calendars and join other Toms and Beckys from 1956 through 2019 as we Celebrate 64 years of the Tom and Becky Program during Hannibal’s Bicentennial!
#hannibal2019 #visithannibalmo #marktwainmuseum

 

July 5 through July 28

Live Mark Twain Performances

by Actor Jim Waddell

Join Jim Waddell as Mark Twain in recounting the childhood experiences that led to the creation of Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Waddell performs every Thursday through Sunday at 4:00pm in the Mark Twain Museum Gallery auditorium, located at 120 N. Main. These performances are free to the public.

 

July 11 through July 25

Held every Thursday at 7:00pm on Historic Hill Street between Sam’s Boyhood Home and the Becky Thatcher House, this event showcases local area musicians as well as regional performers. Come join us for these wonderful artists (no entry fee; all events are free to the public)


August

Live Mark Twain Performances by Actor Jim Waddell

Join Jim Waddell as Mark Twain in recounting the childhood experiences that led to the creation of Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Waddell performs every Thursday through Sunday at 4:00pm in the Mark Twain Museum Gallery auditorium, located at 120 N. Main. These performances are free to the public.

Music Under the Stars

Held every Thursday at 7:00pm through August on Historic Hill Street between Sam’s Boyhood Home and the Becky Thatcher House, this event showcases local area musicians as well as regional performers. Come join us for these wonderful artists (no entry fee; all events are free to the public):

 

 


September

The Taste of Twain Wine, Food and Beer Festival

The Taste of Twain Wine, Food, and Beer Festival showcases great Missouri wineries and winemakers, local and regional craft breweries, and Hannibal area restaurants with two stages of live music. A Fundraiser for the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum properties, The Taste of Twain will be held on Saturday, September 15th from 2:00pm to 5:00pm in the Mark Twain Boyhood Gardens and the parking lot of the Museum Interpretive Center located at 415 N. Main.  Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the event.  Contact Melissa at 573-221-9010 ext. 404 to purchase your ticket to Taste of Twain 2019.  Or click here for the latest information on our featured Bands, Breweries, Wineries and amazing Food!  All at the Taste of Twain Wine, Food and Craft Beer Festival 2019.

 

 

Live Mark Twain Performances by Actor Jim Waddell

Join Jim Waddell as Mark Twain in recounting Mark Twain’s childhood experiences that led to the creation of his famous book, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Waddell performs every Thursday through Sunday at 4:00pm in the Mark Twain Museum Gallery auditorium, located at 120 N. Main. These performances are provided free to the public thanks to the generous support of the Missouri Humanities Council, the Missouri Arts Council and the Community Foundation.


October

Live Mark Twain Performances by Actor Jim Waddell

Join Jim Waddell as Mark Twain in recounting Mark Twain’s childhood experiences that led to the creation of his famous book, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Waddell performs every Thursday through Sunday at 4:00pm in the Mark Twain Museum Gallery auditorium, located at 120 N. Main. These performances are free to the public.

 

Tom and Becky Quilt Raffle at Folklife Festival

Stop by the Tom and Becky Program’s Quilt Booth at the Annual Folklife Festival for your chance to win this one-of-a-king HWY 36 Seasonal Quilt.  Proceeds from raffle sales support the Tom and Becky Scholarship Fund which honors one former Tom and one former Becky, graduating from Hannibal High School, for their continued ‘goodwill’ with voluntarism throughout the community, service during their high school career and future endeavors.  The Tom and Becky Quilt Raffle is sponsored by Pat Waelder and The Hickory Stick Quilt Shop, who donates a quilt each year to the Tom and Becky Program.  Purchase raffle ticket at the museum gallery at 120 N. Main or at the Tom and Becky Quilt Booth during Folklife Festival weekend.  Drawing to be held on Sunday, October 21st at 3:30.  Tickets are one for $1.00 or six for $5.00.


 

November

Lighting Celebration of the Christmas Tree and Boyhood Gardens

Join the Mark Twain Museum as they celebrate the start of the Holiday Season with the Annual Lighting of the Christmas Tree and Boyhood Gardens on Saturday, November 24th outside Twain’s Boyhood Home on Hill Street.  The festivities begin at 5:00 pm with a performance by the Salvation Army Brass Band on the Main Stage,  followed by a few remarks by Mark Twain himself and then join in the singing of a few traditional Christmas Carols.  Lighting of the tree and grounds to be held at dusk.

 


December

Saturday, December 1st

 

Mark Twain’s Annual Birthday Bash!

The Museum is celebrating Mark Twain’s Birthday with the Annual Birthday Bash, complete with an old-fashioned Birthday Party for children, a Mustache Competition, and the annual Masquerade Mask Exhibit and Contest.  Join us Saturday, December 7th for a day full of festivities and merriment.

It all kicks off at 1:00 with Twain’s Birthday Party for Children.  Tom and Becky will be on hand to celebrate Sam’s Birthday with old-fashioned games, crafts, story-telling and cupcakes!  Twain’s Birthday Party will be held on the main floor of the Museum Gallery at 120 N. Main.  Free for children to attend and must be accompanied by an adult.

The museum’s annual Mustache Competition begins at 3:00 with a Mark Twain Stache, Dapper Stache and Manliest Stache Competition.  $5 entry fee for each category and prizes awarded to the winners.  If you’ve got a mustache reminiscent of Mark Twain’s walrus stache, enter our Mark Twain Stache Competition.  True to the walrus style, the mustache should be bushy, cover the top of the lip and droop at the sides.  For those artistic fellas, there’s the Dapper Stache competition.  Full of artistic flare.  Use of gels, sprays, rubber bands and other additions are allowed and encouraged!  Our third category is the manliest stache, selected by a panel of judges.

Artists young and old can enter the Masquerade Mask Contest using a paper mache mask and transforming it into an original piece of art.  Any medium is allowed.  We ask that the masks come complete with string to hang in our auditorium on exhibit prior to the Birthday Bash Celebration.  Masks will be available at the museum office in early November,  or you can provide your own.  All entries must be turned into the office, 120 N. Main, by November 22nd and will be on exhibit November 23 – December 7th.  Winners of the People’s Choice and Judge’s Choice will be announced at 4:00 during the Birthday Bash Celebration.  Prizes will be awarded to the winners in both categories.

For more information on all the festivities for Mark Twain’s Annual Birthday Bash contact Melissa at 573-221-9010 ext. 404.

 

 

The Mark Twain Museum’s Annual Mustache Competition

Think you have the perfect mustache? Then enter your “stache” at the Museum’s 3rd Annual Mustache Competition, Saturday, December 7th at 3:00 pm in the Museum Gallery.  We’re calling all men to put down those razors for No Shave November and help us at the Mark Twain Museum raise funds for the James E. Cancer Center in Hannibal, MO.  All proceeds from the Museum’s Mustache Competition’s $5 entry fees will be donated to Hannibal’s Cancer Center.

Categories for the Mustache Competition include:
The Dapper Stache which is full of character and artistic impression. If your stache is creative and full of originality, then this is the category for you. Styling aids are acceptable and encouraged, including the use of mustache /hair wax, hair spray, hair lacquer, hair gel and styling foam.

The Manliest Stache which represents the most impressive of the mustaches that will be selected by a panel of judges.

The Mark Twain Stache, which bears a striking resemblance to Samuel Clemens’ famous witty mustache, commonly referred to as the Walrus. It is bushy, and full, drooping over the mouth and also extending downward at each corner.

A $5 entry fee and registration per category is required and prizes awarded to the winners of each category.  Registrations will begin early November.

 

Masquerade Mask Exhibit and Contest

The Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum will host the third Annual Masquerade Mask Art Exhibit and Competition.  Artists and artists-to-be may submit a papier mache’ mask that has been transformed into a Masquerade Mask using any medium/mediums of their choice.  Prizes awarded for People’s Choice and Judge’s Choice Winners.  Masquerade Mask winners announced at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 7th during Mark Twain’s Annual Birthday Bash celebration.

Masks will be on display in the museum auditorium beginning on November 23rd through December 7th.  Voting for People’s Choice will be held during these dates.

Artwork In: Monday, November 18th by 4 p.m.

Announcement of Category Winners:  Saturday, December 7th at 4 p.m.

Exhibit Open:  Saturday, November 23 through Saturday, December 7th during museum hours. (9 – 5)

Art Pick-Up: Saturday, December 7th, 2019 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm. Or Monday, December 9th to Friday, December 13th.  *Masks not picked up will be recycled.

Number of Entries:  One mask per artist.  Entry form must be adhered to interior of mask.  

EXHIBIT DETAILS:

  • Required base is a papier mache’ mask (limited number available from the Mark Twain Museum, 120 N. Main beginning November 1, 2018)
  • One entry per artist in any media category-2D and 3D
  • Open to youth through adult, no age restrictions.
  • Open to professional or amateur artists.
  • There is no fee to include your art in exhibit or enter competition.
  • All masks must use a papier mache’ base and be ready for hanging (i.e. Hanging wire or string attached on back, attached side to side) No sawtooth, hooks or rings.
  • Prizes will be awarded for winner of the People’s Choice and the Judge’s Choice.

If you have any questions, contact the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum at (573) 221-9010 ext. 404 or melissa.cummins@marktwainmuseum.org

 

Gingerbread House Contest and Living Windows Display

Hannibal’s downtown Main Street comes to life Saturday, December 14th with the Annual Living Windows from 5:00 pm to 8:00pm.  Stroll along North Main Street as you take in the sights and sounds of Christmas with Carolers, Wagon Rides and living window displays.  The Museum invites you to stop by the Museum Gallery and take a peek inside the Gingerbread House Bakery and vote on your favorite Gingerbread House.

Enter your Gingerbread House creation in the Museum’s 2nd Annual Gingerbread House Contest!  Three categories including:  Child ages 6 to 17, Adult ages 18 and older and Walmart’s Gingerbread House Kit Competition (proof of kit purchase from Walmart required with entry).  One entry per person.  No entry fee.  Prizes sponsored by Hannibal Walmart and County Market Stores.