Remembrance of An American Past
As a writer, Mark Twain started with the raw material of his own experiences to make stories that still amuse and challenge us today.
Some of the stories we tell about our own childhoods have special meaning; they help us explain why we've turned out to be the people we are. When Twain created stories based on his past, he did more than explain himself. He explained something about all of us, something true about human beings.
As you walk through the rooms of the Boyhood Home and think about the stories Twain told, what stories do you remember from your own childhood home?
Mark Twain returned to Hannibal five times as an adult. In later years, his visits filled him with nostalgia.
"Alast everything has changed in Hannibal---but when I reached Third or Fourth street the tears burst forth, for I recognized the mud. It at least was the same---the same old mud."
Notebook, April 1882
"In the afternoon...the church was crowded....When I stepped forward the entire house rose; and they applauded so heartily and
kept it up so long, that when they finished I had to stand silent a long minute till I could speak without my voice breaking."
Letter to Livy, May 1902
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Arts, Letters, Music.
Location. 39° 42.735′ N, 91° 21.475′ W. Marker is in Hannibal, Missouri, in Marion County. Marker is on Main Street just east of Hill Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hannibal MO 63401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum (a few steps from this marker); Mark Twain's Boyhood Home (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Mark Twain (within shouting distance of this marker); Tom Sawyer’s Fence (within shouting distance of this marker); Becky Thatcher's Home (within shouting distance of this marker); Mark Twain's Father's Law Office (within shouting distance of this marker); Grant's Drug Store (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Grant's Drug Store (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hannibal.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 24, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 27, 2012, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 355 times since then and 32 times this year. Photo 1. submitted on August 27, 2012, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.