The Clemens Conference in Hannibal, Missouri (July 25-27, 2019)


Who: Mark Twain fans, friends, and scholars gathering to celebrate Mark Twain’s legacy and to share experiences.

What: Jam-packed three days including 30 Mark Twain paper presentations, special speakers, field trips to the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum, Jim’s Journey Museum, a riverboat ride on the Mississippi River, cave exploration, and a trip to Florida, Missouri for the Mark Twain Birthplace and the John Quarles farm site. The full schedule will be available soon on our web site.

Where: Hannibal, Missouri, Mark Twain’s Boyhood Home. The conference is centered on the campus of Hannibal-LaGrange University, a four-year Christian university affiliated with the Missouri Baptist Convention (Southern Baptist). Hannibal-LaGrange University is a smoke and alcohol-free campus.

Where to stay: Hannibal-LaGrange University has air-conditioned dormitory rooms available at $20/$30 per night. Contact [email protected]. Hannibal has a variety of motels and bed & breakfast options. A listing is available at

When: Attend an opening reception in the Mark Twain Museum Gallery Thursday evening, July 24. The conference begins Thursday morning, July 25 and runs through the evening riverboat dinner cruise Saturday night, July 27.

Why: To bring together kindred minds to share scholarship and tall tales related to Mark Twain and to advance Mark Twain scholarship through the papers being presented.

How Much? The full registration is $325. This includes –

            Wednesday evening reception at the Mark Twain Museum Gallery

            Choice of 30 research presentations

            Special speakers and keynote address

            All field trips

            Three meals Thursday, Friday and Saturday and breakfast Sunday

If you cannot attend the full conference, contact Henry Sweets with your anticipated attendance and pro-rated fees will be available.

How to Register?

            The registration form is attached.

            You can:

                        Fax the form with credit card information to 573-221-7975

                        Mail the form to the Museum with credit card information or check

                        Pay the registration on line at .

How to Get to Hannibal: Driving is an option and directions for orienting one to Hannibal are available. The closest large airport is St. Louis, Missouri, about two hours driving time from Hannibal. Car rentals are available as well as shuttles (that can be expensive). An alternative is Sky West (United Express) with flights from Chicago O’Hare Airport to Quincy, Illinois. We will arrange to pick up conference attendees at the Quincy airport at no charge.

More Information or Questions – contact

            Henry Sweets, Executive Director

            Mark Twain Museum

            120 North Main Street

            Hannibal  MO  63401 U.S.A.


            [email protected]



The Clemens Conference will be held in Hannibal, Missouri, July 23-25, 2015. The registration fee for the conference is $300.00.

The registration fee includes:

  • Reception at the Mark Twain Museum Gallery Wednesday evening July 22
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Thursday, Friday, Saturday and breakfast Sunday
  • Attendance at your choice of paper presentations
  • Attendance for keynote speakers and special historical dramatic presentations
  • Admissions at Mark Twain Museum, Mark Twain Cave, and Mark Twain Riverboat dinner cruise (car pooling to these sites)
  • Bus trip to Florida, Missouri and Mark Twain birthplace and Quarles Farm site
  • Transportation from Quincy, Illinois airport if needed


Not included:

  • Transportation to Hannibal
  • Lodging (dorm rooms are available at Hannibal-LaGrange University or contact the museum for assistance with motels or bed & breakfast information)
  • Transportation to some Hannibal sites – car pooling will be facilitated
  • Meals on Wednesday July 22


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Mail to: The Clemens Conference                              Fax to: 573-221-7975

                        Mark Twain Museum

                        120 North Main Street

                        Hannibal  MO  63401 U.S.A.


We will e-mail a receipt to you upon receiving your registration.

Contact Henry Sweets with any questions.
[email protected]org
573-221-9010 extension 40