Jefferson City Post-Tribune (Jefferson City, Missouri) 30 November 1937 Page 5
Alex- at at at tomorrow business BELICSOF TIP New Building at Hannibal Dedicated on Humorist's 102nd Anniversary HANNIBAL, Mo., Nov. 30-(UP)-- A museum housing and mementoes of Mark Twain and the characters he made famous in . his books was dedicated today, the 102nd anniversary of the humorist's birth near here. The building-- a stone nad replica of the structure that on the spot 100 years ago it was owned by John M. Clements, the father of the author adjoins the boyhood home of Twain. It i s the home immortalized immortalized by Twain's tales o'f the exploits of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. Dedication ceremonies followed the annual luncheon of the Twain commission. Reconstruction Reconstruction of the building was financed by popular subscription and erected as a WPA project. The was dedicated as a national literary shrine. Mementoes Displayed On the first floor are displayed mementoes of Twain's career a barefoot boy playing along banks of the Mississippi river, the time when he WO n international international recognition for his writing and his death at the age of 75. Several first editions and original manuscripts of Twain's works are among the 'displays. 'The and gown which he wore received a degree from Oxford university, is in a glass case. small writing table on which worked while writing Tom two of his favorite chairs, his typewriter, fountain pen and shirts are on display. Relics of Twain's day as a printer's devil" on a Hannibal newspaper are several editions the paper. $n those days, Twain' articles were printed without th owner or editor knowing that were written by the "printer' devil." Pilot Wheel Displayed A pilot., wheel recalls Twain's days as a pilot on steamboats :ng the Mississippi. An orches- trelle-- a large mechanical instrument sounding like an organ reminder of how Twain gained solace from music after his death. A number of the rolls ic played are included in the collection- and :will be played occasionally. : - ' ' . . _ , 'Photographs- ;^a bronze - ~**--E--" 'VT: 'VT: -Â·-*- "Â«*Â«ii=-ci uiuiiit bust, modeled ;by ; Walter - Russell New York sculptor, and ' Rockwell's illustrations for a recent recent edition of Tom Sawyer are among other, exhibits. Attendin gthe Mark Twain commission luncheon were: Victor Jory and Cora Sue Collins, film stars, who played prominent roles n the movie Tom Sawyer; state Senator Allen ^McReyriolds of Carthage, president of the Missouri Missouri Historical Society; Charles TresslerXark of .New .York, :ee of the Mark Twain estate -- Â· -- Â» Â· Â· . ^ . t v u m ^j^j ^rt LC in' vf ayo r Arthur J. Mulvihill of 414 " --'~^r "Â· -.**VAA v in IIA y j Hannibal; Virgil. Dent, president the Hannibal Chamber ,of Commerce; Commerce; Morris Anderson, chairman chairman 1 of the Mark Twain properties board; E. D. V. president of the commission; anc z_ Â·" Â·Â«Â·Â»Â»Â«-Â·**.jo t\Jii r tl J Jt, D. Dulany Mahan, son of A. Mahan, who gave the boyhood Twain home to the city.