With your donation to the Hannibal History Museum you will be entered into our raffle to win a Steampunk Prize Package worth $1,000! Learn more by watching the video:

CLICK ON THE "DONATE" BUTTON TO THE LEFT to make your donation via Paypal, or call the Hannibal History Museum at (573) 248-1819

$10 = 1 Ticket

$25 = 3 Tickets

$50 = 10 Tickets

With each donation to the Hannibal History Museum, you will be entered into a drawing for a $1,000 Steampunk prize package which includes:

2 All-Access passes to the 2015 Big River Steampunk Festival ($190 Value)
2-night stay for two adults at The Dubach Inn B&B located on Hannibal's Millionaires' Row ($300 value)
Gourmet Dinner for two at Hannibal's LaBinnah Bistro ($60 value)
Big River Fun Money redeemable at any vendor booths at the 2015 Big River Steampunk Festival ($100 value)
Steampunk Bracelet & Ring Combo ($25 value)
Handmade Steampunk Necklace ($35 value)
Steampunk Top Hat and handcrafted goggles courtesy Hannibal Haberdashery ($95 value)
5 Steampunk altered bottles dug directly from old privvys in Hannibal, MO ($25 value)
Steampunk Pocket Watch ($30 value)
"Anatomy of Steampunk" Book ($35 value)
"Travels of the Zephyr" Book ($25 value)
Steampunk Tarot set ($20 value)
"Twain & Tesla" 3D-DVD ($20 value)
Official "2014 Big River Steampunk Festival" 3D-DVD ($20 value)
4 pair authentic 3D glasses ($20 value)

Donations must be received by the time of the drawing, Monday, December 22, 2014 at 9:00pm CST. All donations benefit the Hannibal History Museum Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and are tax deductible.

Thank you for your support of the Hannibal History Museum!

2014 Year In Review -- Hannibal History Museum

Friends, we've produced this video featuring our accomplishments in 2014 -- promoting Hannibal's history and tourism, providing education and entertainment, and having a doggone good time! Won't you please join the fun and help us continue our mission in 2015? Simply click the "Donate" button on the left side of the home page to contribute via PayPal -- all donations are tax-deductible. Together we can make history! Thank you!!!

Why Local History Matters (for Hannibal)

   In the December issue of Hannibal Magazine, we wrote an article concerning the potential future of vacant historic buildings in our downtown area, and how supporting a historic district or maintaining local history can provide real benefits to a town whose interest to the outside world is its heritage.  Thanks to publisher Rich Heiser, we are able to post the article in full below....

(By Ken and Lisa Marks)
    Recently, the building formerly known as the Murphy’s Motors building on North Main Street has been purchased by the City of Hannibal. One of the prospective plans being considered for the property is to raze the structure and create a space meant to augment several festivals held downtown each year. One problem: the over-130-year old building happens to be part of the Mark Twain Historic District and does not show signs of immediate distress. Moreover, acre after acre of underutilized open space exists just on the opposite side of the downtown levy wall that could be used for additional festival space. The concern that demolition of a building considered by many to be ‘historic’ in a part of town venerated for its historical content begs the question: why should local history matter to Hannibalians?
A view of North Main Street looking south from Holiday's Hill (now Cardiff Hill), c. 1900-1910; what eventually became known as the Murphy's Motors building is in the left foreground below as a wagon factory. Photo courtesy Steve Chou.
Hannibal’s history is more than its past – it is what sets the town apart from most other small communities. 

     If a small town is like an extended family, then history is its version of genealogy, a lineage that answers the ‘hows’ and ‘whys’ of Hannibal’s development.  Thanks to so many local resources, from the Missouri Room in the Hannibal Free Public Library and the volumes of information chronicled by Roberta and J. Hurley Hagood to the ephemera and photographic archives of Steve Chou, access to pieces of the past are more available in Hannibal than in most communities of similar size.  The trick is to synthesize these materials into a cohesive narrative that is accessible to all and representative of the town’s character; without this, all of these elements can be seen separately as trivial or nostalgic, rather than taken as a whole as the living DNA of today’s Hannibal.

     In other words, what we look like today as a community is not our full identity. Though our economy has suffered in the past few decades, for many years throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Hannibal was surprisingly strong in manufacturing. While most Mississippi river towns were known for one major industry in their past, Hannibal experienced industrial ‘booms’ repeatedly throughout its history. Initially, the steamboat trade brought commerce to Hannibal’s shore. Next, Hannibal became a major railroad hub; these railroads facilitated the massive lumber firms of the Reconstruction years that brought great wealth and prosperity. By the end of the 1920s, mostly because of the International Shoe Company and related industries, Hannibal had the fourth largest industrial base in Missouri despite having a population in the low-20,000s. For decades, Hannibal managed to overachieve in spite of its population, a small city that accomplished big things. To be aware of what those who came before us were able to accomplish can inspire today’s Hannibalians to strive to achieve the same level of civic progress.


The Hannibal History Museum is interested in artifacts, documents, photographs, furniture, clothing and other items related to Hannibal. We are eager to display your items either as a temporary loan to the museum, or you may donate your items (all donations are tax-deductible!). PHOTOGRAPHS and PAPER ITEMS may be brought in for us to digitally scan, then you can keep the originals! For more information on how you can be a part of the Hannibal History Museum, contact Ken at (573) 248-1819 or stop by the Museum, we'd love to hear from you!