Former Mark Twain Boyhood Home director to lead Hannibal bicentennial event

Cindy Lovell
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Dec. 5, 2017 9:40 pm Updated: Dec. 5, 2017 9:56 pm

HANNIBAL, Mo. -- The almost two-month search for a Bicentennial Steering Committee event director to handle Hannibal's bicentennial celebration in 2019 is over.

The Hannibal City Council appointed Cindy Lovell to the position Tuesday.

"We feel that her enthusiasm and knowledge of Mark Twain is a good match," said Gail Bryant, Hannibal Convention and Visitors Bureau director.

Lovell previously was executive director of the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum and also was executive director of the Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford, Conn. She is a professor at Quincy University in Quincy, Ill., and teaches courses on Mark Twain.

Applications for the position began being accepted in September, and candidates were interviewed in late October. Committee members unanimously voted to elect Lovell as director. All that was needed was for the council's approval.

"We want to invest to make this celebration one to remember," Bryant said. "With the significance of this bicentennial, the committee agrees there is a need for a designated event director to fully capitalize on this opportunity that will not present itself for another 200 years."

Lovell will begin working in January and hold the position through January 2020. She will act as promoter, organizer and fundraiser for events approved by the Bicentennial Steering Committee. Special events to showcase Hannibal's history will be held throughout 2019.

Also Tuesday, the council discussed placing stop signs and painting double yellow lines at the offset intersection of 30th Street and Huckleberry Park Drive. Just a yield sign controls traffic at the intersection now. Stop signs would be set up on Huckleberry Park Drive.

"It is not clearly marked which line of traffic is to stop when traveling through the park," said Brian Chaplin, Department of Public Works superintendent.

Hannibal Police Chief Lyndell Davis offered to pull department data on whether there have been any vehicular crashes at that intersection and also conduct a study of how much traffic passes through. The council supported the two offers.



• The City Council approved an amended ordinance that says the city will take care of all Fette Subdivision streets except Braeburn Drive. The new subdivision is south of Route MM near Veterans Road.

• Council members approved a $22,375 bid from Cummings, McGowan and West for the city to buy a new asphalt recycler machine. The city will trade a 1993 paver to the company, thus reducing the cost of the new machine, originally priced at $26,375. The council also approved denoting a broken 2010 Elgin Pelican Sweeper as surplus property to sell or eventually trade for a new machine.