The Missouri Room in the Hannibal Free Public Library contains a treasure trove of local history information --- historic newspapers, census records, cemetery records, memorabilia and photographs. Over 2000 photos may be found in the vertical files. In an effort to make these treasures more accessible to the world, the library applied for and was awarded its first digitization grant from the Missouri State Library. One specific historic event was chosen -- the christening of the Mark Twain Zephyr. The Library has a collection of photos taken during the event and the bound copies of the newspaper. An advertisement was run and information posted in the library to let the community know about the project. They were asked for any additional information, photos, and memorabilia.
Many thanks to Henry Sweets and the Mark Twain Home and Museum, the Hannibal Chamber of Commerce, Archie Hayden, Becker Spaun, Betty Rhodes, Marjorie Coleman, Alma Ritter and Charlie Stallcup for contributing to this collection. Thank you also to the Hannibal Courier-Post for permissions.
This collection includes photographs, copies of the newspaper, and memorabilia contributed by the community depicting the christening of the Mark Twain Zephyr railroad train.
Rights and Reproductions
If you wish to publish or reproduce the material in any physical or digital form or if you wish to use them for any commercial purpose including display or web page use, you must obtain prior written approval from the Hannibal Free Public Library. The Library reserves the right to refuse to accept a reproduction request if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the request would involve violation of copyright laws.
You may use digital images from the Hannibal Free Public Library website for private study, scholarship or research under the Fair Use Provisions of the United States Copyright Law (Title 17, United States Code).
To request permission to use a photograph or request a print of a photograph, please contact: Hannibal Free Public Library, 200 S. 5th St, Hannibal, MO 63401, (573) 221-0222, fax (573) 221-0369
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