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Laura Hawkins was three years younger than Sam Clemens, (Mark Twain), and was immortalized in Tom Sawyer as Becky Thatcher. Childhood friends, they stayed in touch through the years. Laura Hawkins married Dr. James Frazer and moved to the Renssalear, Missouri area, west of Hannibal.

After Dr. Frazers death, she moved back into town and became the matron for the Home for the Friendless orphanage in Hannibal. The gift shop on the first floor has a variety of gifts from the kitchen to the library to the Christmas room. The upstairs parlor and bedroom of her childhood home are restored and open to the public.

Location: 211 Hill St, Hannibal Missouri Telephone 573-221-0822

Other History nearby:
(Quincy) All Wars Museum
(Beardstown) Beardstown River Museum
(Hannibal) Becky Thatcher Home
(Bethel) Bethel German Colony
(Bethel) Bethel German Colony
(Canton) Cedar Falls Historic Village

11/28 Coming to The Hannibal area
Peoria Heights Art Fair Peoria Heights IL May11 A great weekend is planned; the show coincides with the Race for the Cure and the Illinois Art League members show at the Village Hall. A hospitality tent will be open throughout the Art Fair with coffee and donuts in the morning and water and fruit during the day .
Belleville Art on the Square Belleville IL May17-19
Springfield Old Capitol Art Fair Springfield IL May18-19 Whether you are a serious art collector or are just developing an appreciation, there is original art here for you, in the form of jewelry, sculpture, photography, glassware, pottery, wood, metalwork, oils, watercolors, and other media.
Summer Camp Music Festival Chillicothe IL May24-26 The first Summer Camp Music Festival was held in 2001 at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, IL. About 1,000 attended the festival that year, and enjoyed over 20 bands on 2 stages over the course of 2 days. Since then, Summer Camp Music Festival has grown to more than 15,000 attendees, hosting more than 100 bands on 7 stages over 3 days.
International Horseradish Festival Collinsville IL May31-June2 Admission is always free, parking is always free and musical entertainment is always free at the Horseradish Festival.
Art on Main Fine Arts Festival Canton IL June1-2 This inaugural fine arts festival will feature original art from the best of our Midwest artists. Come to view and to purchase excellent art pieces in a variety of categories: Painting / Drawing, Jewelry, Clay / Ceramic, Photography, Glass, Sculpture, Woven Textiles, and Wood.