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Ben Wise <[log in to unmask]>
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You're welcome. My pleasure! 


----- Original Message -----
From: "Alan Kitty" <[log in to unmask]> 
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Sent: Thursday, January 31, 2013 2:36:57 PM 
Subject: Re: News Release: The Mark Twain House & Museum Appoints Dr. Cindy Lovell as its New Executive Director 

Thank you for sharing this. 


On Jan 31, 2013, at 2:35 PM, Ben Wise wrote: 

> Speaking of whom, I just received her approval for making public a = 
couple of videos I took of Hal Holbrook receiving the Lifetime = 
Achievement Award at the Museum in Hannibal on Nov. 18. Please forgive = 
the less-than-professional videography! But I hope you'll agree, for = 
fans of MT and/or HH, it's a document worth watching.=20 
> (introductory speeches, = 
featuring Cindy, and a representative of the state's governor)=20 
> (presentation of the = 
award to HH, his acceptance speech, and the informal interview that = 
> Enjoy!=20 
> Ben=20 
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Terry Ballard" <[log in to unmask]>=20 
> To: [log in to unmask] 
> Sent: Thursday, January 31, 2013 10:49:32 AM=20 
> Subject: Re: News Release: The Mark Twain House & Museum Appoints Dr. = 
Cindy Lovell as its New Executive Director=20 
> She sounds like someone who was born for this job. Congratulations to = 
> and to the museum!=20 
> On Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 8:52 PM, Mark Twain Forum List Administrator <=20= 

> [log in to unmask]> wrote:=20 
>> The Mark Twain House & Museum Appoints Dr. Cindy Lovell as its New=20 
>> Executive=20 
>> Director=20 
>> HARTFORD, January 11, 2013 -- Gregory Boyko, President of the Board = 
>> Trustees of The Mark Twain House & Museum, announced today the = 
>> of Dr. Cindy Lovell as the museum's Executive Director. Lovell is = 
>> Executive Director of the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum in = 
>> Missouri.=20 
>> Lovell was chosen after a six-month national search, with a Search=20 
>> Committee=20 
>> of the Board of Trustees considering nearly 50 applicants for the = 
>> The museum was aided in its efforts by PBR Executive Search, a New=20 
>> York-based firm, and the position was advertised in museum = 
>> nationwide.=20 
>> "We are delighted to have been able to find someone with Dr. Lovell's=20= 

>> unique combination of strengths," said Boyko. "She has a strong track=20= 

>> record=20 
>> in fundraising, proven leadership, passion, energy -- and most = 
>> she has a deep devotion to Mark Twain. We look forward to working = 
with her=20 
>> to create a greater presence for The Mark Twain House & Museum by = 
>> on Mark Twain as an international icon through an increased focus on=20= 

>> writing=20 
>> and literature."=20 
>> "To have served in Hannibal and now in Hartford at the two homes = 
where Sam=20 
>> Clemens resided the longest is the highest honor I could know," = 
>> said.=20 
>> "I'm excited and eager to continue the collaboration between the two = 
>> in our shared vision of preserving Mark Twain's legacy."=20 
>> Lovell succeeds Jeffrey L. Nichols, who left the museum in July to = 
take a=20 
>> position as President and CEO of Poplar Forest, a historic home owned = 
>> Thomas Jefferson in Lynchburg, Virginia.=20 
>> She will begin her new position on March 4. Interim Executive = 
>> Patti=20 
>> Philippon, the museum's Beatrice Fox Auerbach Chief Curator, will = 
>> to direct the museum until that date.=20 
>> "I want to thank Patti for her stalwart efforts in keeping the museum = 
>> over the past months, during an extremely busy period, and in = 
continuing to=20 
>> maintain the quality of our exhibitions and preservation efforts," = 
>> Boyko.=20 
>> Dr. Cindy Lovell has served as Executive Director of the Mark Twain = 
>> Home & Museum since 2008. She is also a tenured associate professor = 
>> education at Quincy University in Quincy, Illinois.=20 
>> Lovell grew up on a farm in Pennsylvania where she first fell in love = 
>> Twain's writing at the age of ten. A non-traditional student, she = 
>> college at the age of 35. She holds a B.A. in elementary education = 
and an=20 
>> M.A. in education, both from Stetson University in Florida. She = 
earned a=20 
>> Ph.D in education from The University of Iowa, with concentrations in=20= 

>> gifted=20 
>> education and English as a new language. She taught elementary school = 
>> Florida where she earned tenure, then taught at her alma mater, = 
>> University, where she also earned tenure before moving to Hannibal.=20= 

>> In Hannibal she has directed the Mark Twain Young Authors workshop, = 
>> numerous writing workshops for adults, and co-directed the Mark Twain=20= 

>> Teacher Workshops with museum Curator Henry Sweets. She has also = 
>> keynotes and educator workshops at various Big Read events around the=20= 

>> country for communities reading The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.=20 
>> A lover of children's literature, Lovell has authored two children's=20= 

>> novels,=20 
>> Rachel Mason Hears the Sound and Not This Sunday. She co-authored = 
Down the=20 
>> Mississippi: A Modern-day Huck on America's River Road with CNN = 
>> Neal Moore, and is a contributor to The Huffington Post. Lovell has=20= 

>> authored dozens of articles, textbook chapters, and essays.=20 
>> Lovell's best known project is Mark Twain: Words & Music, a double CD=20= 

>> telling the story of Mark Twain's life in spoken word and song. She=20= 

>> conceived the idea as a tribute to Twain to acknowledge the 100th=20 
>> anniversary of his death in 2010. The CD features Clint Eastwood as = 
>> Jimmy Buffett as Huck Finn, and Garrison Keillor as the narrator and=20= 

>> includes songs by Brad Paisley, Sheryl Crow, Emmylou Harris, Vince = 
>> Ricky Skaggs and others. It was released in 2011 as a benefit for the = 
>> Twain Boyhood Home & Museum. Lovell wrote the narrative and served as=20= 

>> co-executive producer with Carl Jackson, a Grammy award-winning = 
>> At Quincy University Lovell has taught ethics in education, = 
>> literature, educational psychology, foundations of education, and two=20= 

>> first-year experience courses -- one on Twain, and one, Prison = 
>> which=20 
>> focuses on the prison crisis in America. At Quincy she also serves as=20= 

>> counselor for Kappa Delta Pi, the international honor society for=20 
>> educators.=20 
>> Lovell serves on various boards and committees and has been = 
recognized for=20 
>> her work in the community. She received the Hannibal NAACP Martin = 
>> King, Jr. Award in 2010. Under her leadership, the Museum received = 
>> Missouri Governor's 2010 Humanities Award for Exemplary Community=20 
>> Achievement and the Hannibal Area Chamber of Commerce 2011 Civic=20 
>> Contributor=20 
>> Award. Lovell also received the Hannibal Area Chamber of Commerce = 
>> Community Betterment Award and the 2012 Missouri Governor's = 
>> Award.=20 
>> Lovell collaborated with her colleagues at The Mark Twain House & = 
>> and=20 
>> other Twain sites for the successful passage of the Mark Twain=20 
>> Commemorative=20 
>> Coin Act, which benefits four major Twain institutions and was signed = 
>> law by President Obama in December 2012.=20 
> --=20 
> Terry Ballard=20 
> Author and Leisure Studies Manager=20 
> Author of the book "Google this" 
> "My memory has a mind of its own."=20 

Alan Kitty 
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