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Rod Rawlings <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 11 Jun 2012 21:50:24 -0400
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Same damn fools, Andrew.

On Mon, Jun 11, 2012 at 9:08 PM, Andrew Dickson <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> This is very sad.
> On Mon, Jun 11, 2012 at 7:54 PM, Vicki Dempsey <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
> > I have been contacted privately by many of you for insights into the
> > current state of things in Hannibal, but today's experience draws me
> > out of my self-imposed exile from the Twain world.  I had a visit from
> > a lovely former foreign exchange student from Brazil.  She wanted her
> > husband to see the Hannibal sights.  For the first time in years I
> > went through the museum.  I am shocked to report to you that the
> > foundation and board have allowed the Pilaster House/Grant's Drug
> > Store to decay horribly.  It is even more appalling that the site was
> > on the states Most Endangered Property list in 2009 -- and yet nothing
> > has been done.  For those of you who do not know, the Pilaster House
> > is where the Clemens family was renting rooms after John M. Clemens
> > filed bankruptcy.  It is where he died.  This is the last place Sam
> > lived and enjoyed the free childhood he celebrated in Tom Sawyer.
> > Shortly after he entered the world of work as an apprentice.
> >                This building is one of only two real structures related
> to
> > Sam Clemens that the organization supposedly cares for.  It breaks my
> > heart that while building a faux "Huck Finn" house and dolling up an
> > old pizza parlor and store building as museums they allowed an actual
> > historic structure that is essential to the development of Sam to
> > rot.  I will try to take some photographs on Wednesday to post on my
> > facebook page and give you all my address.  I wish I were
> > exaggerating, but there is no hyperbole here.
> >                I don't know what is wrong with Hannibal.  I have been
> > thinking about it for a long time.  I know many of the people on the
> > board.  They are not bad people.  But they assuredly are not
> > historians or preservationists.   It makes me terribly sad.
> >        I know they are going to say they don't have money.  The reason is
> > that they spent their money on silly things.
> >
> > Terrell Dempsey
> >
> >

Rod Rawlings
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