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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

No events have been entered at this time. Please check back later for updates!


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

May 13 through June 14

Born in 1907 in Hannibal, Lester Gaba would carve a niche for himself as a sculptor and painter and was instrumental in redesigning the store mannequin. Gaba’s creation, which he named Cynthia, quickly became a celebrity in the 1930’s and would even grace the cover of Time Magazine. Gaba began his love of art while a student at Hannibal High School and would pursue his passion in Chicago and New York.

The Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum will house a special exhibit featuring soap carvings, paintings and a collection of Gaba art by the private collection of Nora Creason and Don Metcalf in the Museum Gallery Auditorium on May 13th through June 14th. The exhibit will be open during normal Museum hours, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Sunday.

 

May 9 through October

Actor Jim Waddell returns 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.

 


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 25 through July 27

MARK TWAIN CONFERENCE

July 25-27, 2019 – HANNIBAL, MISSOURI
 
The Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum is hosting its third Mark Twain Conference in Hannibal, Missouri, July 25-27, 2019.  The Mark Twain Conference will include several days of presenters and an opening reception. The conference will also include visits to the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum, touring Mark Twain Cave, riding the Mark Twain Riverboat, and traveling to Florida, Missouri, to the Mark Twain birthplace museum and the Quarles farm site.  A complete schedule of events for the Mark Twain Conference can be found here.
 
Contact Henry Sweets with any questions.
573-221-9010 extension 405

 

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

Taste of Twain, September 14, 2019

Whether you’re a craft beer drinker, wine lover, or a foodie, you’ll find something to savor at the Mark Twain Museum’s Taste of Twain.  Fill your glass and pair your drink of choice with delectable food from some of Hannibal and the surrounding areas best restaurants, learn how to brew your own craft beers, or kick back and listen to all the live music.

When

Held September 14 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., the Taste of Twain is a one-day culinary festival that brings some of the best breweries, wineries, and restaurants from the region to Hannibal, Missouri.  A chance to sample all of what Hannibal and the area has to offer in one place.

Bourbons

Come thirsty to the Museum’s Taste of Twain, Wine, Food & Beer Festival, as there’s an endless supply of mouthwatering beverages to try. Featuring such purveyors of Missouri and Illinois-made spirits as Wood Hat Distillery’s famous bourbons.

Craft Brews

And craft beer enthusiasts will savor the samples by the Mark Twain Brewing Company, Sudwerk Brewing Co., Toppling Goliath Brewing Co., Heavy Riff Brewing and Earthbound Beer.

Wines

 Wine connoisseurs will enjoy sampling from some of the many wineries including,  Stonehill Winery, Spirit Knob Winery, St. James Winery, HAHA and Small Batch Winery.  You’re sure to find something that will please your palate. Yet there’s much more to the festival experience than just trying out the wares. Meet the winemakers and learn about the micro brewing process from the Hannibal Area Home Brewers Association.

For the Foodie

The Taste of Twain also has samplings for the food connoisseur.  Area restaurants will be showcasing some of their favorite dishes, from sliders, to gourmet cheeses, dips, cakes and an array of fresh fruits and vegetables. Sample Chiliean Salmon from the Mark Twain Brewery, Prime Rib on Crostini from Hannibal’s new Riverside Restaurant, hot off the grill steaks by Saint Avenue Steak and Buffett and so much more!

Music

The Taste of Twain, Wine, Food & Beer Festival appeals to foodies, wine enthusiasts, craft brew connoisseurs and music lovers.  Bring your lawn chair and enjoy the music from one of our two stages.  Local musicians Seth Wade and Tim Hart will be performing from 2 – 5:00. 

Located on the grounds of the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum Properties between Hill Street and Front Street, the Taste of Twain has something for everyone and all ages. Follow Taste of Twain on Facebook for updated listing on all of our vendors.  

Tickets

Festival arm bands to the Taste of Twain, Wine, Food & Beer Festival are available by calling 573-221-9010 extension 404.  Adult bands include unlimited wine, food and beer tastings and a complimentary festival tasting glass. Adult bands are $25 in advance and $30 day of event and must be 21 or older to purchase.  Designated drivers bands are $15 and include unlimited food tastings and non-alcoholic options.  Childs bands are $10 for children 10 years and under and include unlimited tastings from participating restaurants and non-alcoholic beverages.

Taste of Twain is sponsored by the Mark Twain Brewery, Lohr Distributing and the Mark Twain Museum.

Proceeds from the Taste of Twain support the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum Properties.

 

James Carroll Beckwith Exhibit

Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum Gallery

Twenty paintings, drawings and prints by Hannibal’s most prominent artist, James Carroll Beckwith will be on display at the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum Gallery during the month of September 2019. The exhibit is from the private art collection of Nora Creason and Don Metcalf of Hannibal, Missouri.

“When my husband and I revisited Hannibal after my long absence of 30 years (living mostly in Seattle, WA), the old architecture, the history, and other wonderful things about this small town beckoned, making the move to Hannibal a “no-brainer” for us. Then, we discovered that Beckwith was born in Hannibal and that his works were accessible to own. Our appreciation of the beauty of Beckwith’s art along with its historical association with Hannibal incentivized us to collect his works, which we acquired mostly through auctions and estate sales.” says Creason.

“My love of the classical style typical of a Beckwith painting evolved with art instruction I received from the Hannibal public schools, the UM university system and master classes taken at the Seattle Atelier and Seattle Art Museum. The thrill of recreating a master work of art, using master techniques is an incomparable pleasure.”

The exhibit contains a wide span of Beckwith’s work from his early drawings, to his classically painted portraits and to his technical attempts at Impressionism. Born in Hannibal in 1852, Beckwith began his art studies in 1868 after his family moved to Chicago. Going on to study art in New York, Paris, and Italy, he started an art league with colleagues John Singer Sargent and Meredith Chase. He became internationally famous as an artist and an instructor at the Arts Student League of New York.

The public is invited to a wine and cheese reception and talk on the exhibit by collectors Creason and Metcalf on Thursday, September 19th, at 7:00 PM in the Museum Gallery Auditorium. The Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum will host the Beckwith collection through the month of September in the Museum Gallery Auditorium located at 120 N. Main, Hannibal.

 

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

Heimbeck Exhibit

Community Rediscovery ’76-The Mississippi River

Dr. Willard Heimbeck was the pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Hannibal from 1964 through 1978 and was a devoted historian.  Heimbeck had an avid interest in Mark Twain and the Mississippi river and had acquired many photographs, postcards and documents over the years.  In 1976, during the country’s bicentennial, heprepared an exhibit entitled “Community Rediscover ’76 – The Mississippi River” and presented it to the public at the Quincy Society of Fine Arts. The exhibit has not been available to the public since that time.  Heimbeck’s daughter, Kathy Wolters, donated the 23 panels to the Mark Twain Museum.  The Heimbeck Exhibit will be on display through the month of October 2019 in honor of Hannibal’s Bicentennial.  The exhibit is located in the Museum Gallery, 120 N. Main, and open to the public free of charge.

 

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 the Hannibal Bicentennial 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 donate a quilt each year to the Tom and Becky Program.  Purchase raffle tickets 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 20 at 3:30.  Tickets are one for $2.00 or six for $10.00.

 

Living Dead Windows

Downtown Hannibal Halloween Event

Ghouls and Goblins return to downtown Hannibal on Saturday, October 26th with the return of Living Dead Windows and the Annual Halloween Parade. Hannibal’s Halloween Parade will begin at 6:00 pm beginning at Grand and Broadway and conclude on North Main Street. 

Beginning at 5:00 pm downtown will transform into a haunted street as merchants’ windows come alive with frightfully scary displays.  Stop by the Museum Gallery window at 120 N. Main to have your fortune told and experience the “Haunted Mansion”.  Stroll along Main Street to view other Halloween inspired windows.  Similar to the Victorian Festival of Christmas’ Living Windows, the Living Dead Windows will be held on Saturday, October 26 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm.

 

Tom and Becky Halloween Carnival & Main Street Trick-or-Treat

Tom and Becky Ambassadors will host an old-fashioned Halloween Carnival during the downtown’s Halloween Trick-or-Treat event. North Main Street, Hannibal will come to life with little goblins, witches, ghosts and princess’.  Downtown businesses will hand out candy and numerous other activities are planned. Stop by the Museum Gallery at 120 N. Main for a Halloween Treat!

And children of all ages will enjoy playing Halloween inspired carnival games with Tom and Becky on Hill Street.  Mummy Bowling, Pumpkin Putt-Putt, Knock the Cans, Ring the Witches Hat and other games will be available.  Children will receive a ticket after completion of each game which they will redeem for small toys and prizes.  The Museum’s Tom and Becky ambassadors will host the Halloween Carnival from 5:00 to 8:00 pm on Halloween night, October 31st on Hill Street.


 

November

5th Annual Mark Twain Birthday Bash

Twain’s Old-fashioned Birthday Party

Children are invited to join Tom and Becky ambassadors for Twain’s 184th Birthday Party.  Tom and Becky will be celebrating 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, Hannibal from 1:00 -3:00 p.m.  Free for children to attend and must be accompanied by an adult.

Museum’s Annual Mustache Competition

Think you have the perfect mustache?  Then enter your “stache” in the Museum’s 5th Annual Mustache Competition beginning at 3:00 pm in the Museum Gallery.  In honor of No-Shave November, the Museum will again host the Mustache Competition bringing together mustaches of every shape, size, color and artistic flare.

Categories in the 4th Annual Mustache Competition include:  
 1.  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.

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

3.  The Mark Twain Stache, which bears a striking resemblance to Samuel Clemens’ famous witty mustache, 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. No-Shave November strives to raise awareness of cancer by encouraging men to “put down those razors”.  Proceeds from the Museum’s Mustache Competition will be donated to the James E. Cary Cancer Center in Hannibal, MO.

 

Annual Chritmas Tree Lighting & Lighting of the Boyhood Gardens

The Mark Twain Museum and Salvation Army invite you to join us as we celebrate the start of the Holiday Season with the Annual Lighting of the
Boyhood Home Christmas Tree and Museum Gardens on Saturday, November 30.   The Salvation Army Brass Band will fill the streets with the sounds of the Holidays on the Hill Street stage beginning at 5:00 p.m.   Mark Twain impersonator Jim Waddell will perform and share stories of Twain’s Christmas’ followed by Tom and Becky Ambassadors, leading everyone in  the singing of a few traditional Christmas Carols.  Tree lighting will be held at dusk.  

 


December

Gingerbread House Contest & Display

Put your baking skills and creativity to work in the Mark Twain Museum’s 2nd Annual Gingerbread Contest and Display! Don’t miss the delectable display of Gingerbread Houses in the Museum Gallery Window this Holiday Season and vote on your favorites during the Victorian Festival of Christmas’ Living Windows on December 14th

You can enter your Gingerbread House design in one of our 3 categories, sponsored by Hannibal’s Walmart and County Market stores. Children’s Division is ages 6 – 12, adult ages 13 and over and the third category is the Walmart Gingerbread House kit category. Enter your decorated Gingerbread House from a kit accompanied by proof of purchase.   Houses must be received between November 30th and December 11th to be eligible.  Click here for our Gingerbread Recipe!

Gingerbread Houses will be on display to the public in the Museum Gallery window. People’s Choice voting will be held during Living Windows on Saturday, December 14th between 5:00 and 8:00 pm. Winners announced at conclusion of Living Windows.

Click here for entry details or call Melissa at 573-221-9010. ext. 404 for more information.

Living Windows

Hannibal’s Annual Living Windows will be held on December 14th from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Stroll along North Main Street as you take in sights and sounds of Christmas with Carolers, wagon Rides and living window displays. The Museum invites you to stop by the Museum Gallery view Mrs. Claus’ Gingerbread Bakery complete with elves and be sure to vote for your favorite Gingerbread House.

 

A Clemens Family Christmas

Have you ever wondered what Christmas was like for the Clemens family?  Join museum Executive Director Henry Sweets as he shares stories of Christmas in Hannibal and Hartford.  Mr. Sweets will give insight to what Christmas was like in the Clemens’ house and will read a letter written by Mark Twain, as Santa Claus, to his daughter Susie.  Saturday, December 21st at 2:00 pm in the Museum Gallery Auditorium.  This is a free event.

 

Hot Cocoa and Peppermint Sticks

The Mark Twain Museum Gallery Gift Shop invites you to enjoy a cup of hot Candy Cane cocoa as you browse our wonderful selection of gifts on Saturday, December 21st.  Select from our wide array of Mark Twain books and books written by local artists for the avid reader on your list.  The Museum Gift Shops also carry a large selection of items from our talented local artists.  From old-fashioned toys, stocking stuffers, jewelry and a complete line of Huckleberry flavored items, you’re sure to find everything on your Christmas list at the Gallery Gift Shop.