Named and Memorial Endowments

10372554_10152791826110590_5432576452575147013_n_edited-2 The Museum’s endowment fund was originally established by a benefactor who chose to remain anonymous. This wish has been honored, and the Museum is grateful to be building upon the generous foresight of this first donor.  Because endowed gifts are invested so that their earnings can be spent, your contribution to the endowment fund will help to establish a $10 million endowment and ensure valuable funding, year after year, in support of the operations of the nine Museum properties for generations to come.

Named Endowments may be created in the donor’s name or for others whom you desire to honor or memorialize by establishing a permanent legacy in support of the Mark Twain Boyhood Home Foundation. To learn more about establishing a Named Endowment, contact Executive Director Henry Sweets at 573-221-9010, ext. 405.

Memorial Endowments may be made online and for any amount.  Click Here to establish an online Memorial Endowment.

Named Endowments

Henry H. Sweets III

The Henry H. Sweets III Endowment was announced in 2008 on the 30th anniversary of Sweets joining the Museum staff. The endowment was established by longtime Museum friend Warren Gould of Texas with a gift from his sister’s estate. Margaret Dent taught speech and English in the Hannibal Public Schools for 27 years. Like her brother, Dent had a great fondness for the Museum and Henry Sweets. This endowment is to provide operating funds for the Museum.

Ronald E. Riese Endowment

Ronald E. Riese
Ronald E. Riese

The Ronald E. Riese Endowment was announced in 2009. The endowment was established by Museum executive director, Dr. Cindy Lovell, to honor the fourth grade teacher that introduced her to the writings of Mark Twain. Riese taught at Newberry Elementary School in Etters, Pennsylvania for 35 years and is now retired. Lovell credits him with her love for Mark Twain and the Museum. This endowment will support operations.

Mississippi Valley Gun Club

The Mississippi Valley Gun Club Endowment was announced in 2010. The Gun Club was formed sometime prior to 1953 and remains one of the longest continually running gun clubs in the area. President Leo Harrison expressed the Club’s interest in supporting operations of the Museum through this named endowment.

Mark Twain: Words & Music CD

The Mark Twain: Words & Music Endowment was created in 2011 with the release of Mark Twain: Words & Music. Various artists from the project designated their royalties to be donated to the Museum’s endowment fund. We thank them sincerely for lending their voices to this historic project and for this additional act of generosity, which creates an ongoing donation for the endowment with the sale of each CD.

The Foreman Family

The Foreman Family Endowment was established in 2012. Dr. Phillip Foreman, whose family has a long history in Hannibal predating the Clemens family, has served as a Board member for several years. The Foremans are longtime friends of the Museum and can always be spotted in attendance at various events, especially Music Under the Stars.

Memorial Endowments

Herbert S. Parham was a longtime Museum friend and supporter who had served as Board President and whose leadership and generosity have had a lasting impact on the Museum’s properties. His passing on January 31, 2009 was sorely felt by those who knew him. Parham, his wife Jane, and their family have provided years of support for the Mark Twain Home Foundation including the donation and renovation of the Museum Gallery and the reconstruction of the Huckleberry Finn House in honor of their son, Austin Parham. This memorial endowment was established by friends and family.