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]>
> > 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
> > 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