As of matter of fact, my only association with the home was as a place to drop off visiting relatives to get rid of them for an afternoon. The first inkling that this Mark Twain guy might be someone of note came when I was sitting at a Greek sidewalk cafe in Athens with some of my shipmates when a Greek gentleman stepped to the table and asked us where in the States each of us was from. When I related to him I was from Hannibal Missouri I was very surprised he had even heard of the town and was even more surprised when he proceeded to tell me more about this Mark Twain fellow than I was aware of. Needless to say I felt a little ashamed and the next time I returned home I made it a point to begin to broaden my knowledge.
I was amazed to find that someone as famous as Norman Rockwell had spent time in Hannibal painting covers for the Saturday Evening Post illustrating Mark Twain's books and 15 of those original works of art are on display at the Museum. Not to mention all the other exhibits pertaining to his life and works, including first editions and original manuscripts. A Museum worth spending some time in if you are ever in Hannibal.
Here's a sample of Mr. Rockwell's work.
This began my interest in history which continues to this day and that I pursue while I'm busy enjoying the good life.