Mark Twain Home and Museum needs $10M by end of 2010

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HANNIBAL, Mo. (WGEM) - The Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum is seeking $10-million endowment by the end of 2010 to continue its ongoing operations, according to a news release issued Monday morning.

"A significant endowment will carry the museum through good times and bad times when we're all dead and gone," Dr. Cindy Lovell, executive director for the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum, said in the news release. "Mark Twain will live forever in his writings, but we need this endowment to make sure the museum remains operational. Right now we are completely dependent upon admissions, gift shop sales, memberships, and donations. An endowment of this size will eliminate the worry about the future."

The campaign is being called the "10 by 10", as Lovell says the target date for reaching the $10-million mark is December 31, 2010. The 2010 year marks the 100th anniversary of Twain's death.

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