She and her husband, Ken, changed that when they moved to Hannibal from St. Louis three years ago. They opened a Hannibal History Museum in March of last year, they run Historic Hannibal Tours, and they have a book, Hannibal, Missouri: A Brief History.
On September 10, Dant invited Hannibal to view the project she cooked up in less than six months. In the back of the Hannibal History Museum, Dant unveiled the Hannibal African American Life and History Project. Two hundred people, mostly black, attended. She guessed it was probably the only time that many black people had been downtown at once.
The Mark Twain Memorial Lighthouse sits on 10 acres of park atop Cardiff Hill, a favorite play area of Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, and the gang. Cross streets are E. Rock and E. Cardiff. Parking is available near the top. There is also a rear entrance from Cardiff Hill Drive, offering handicapped accessible parking. There are 244 steps leading uphill to the Lighthouse from the north end of Main Street in historic downtown Hannibal. The Lighthouse offers a panoramic view of Hannibal and the Mississippi River. Unfortunately, due to structural concerns, the interior of the Lighthouse is not open to the public.
A new sign/storyboard about the history of the Mark Twain Memorial Lighthouse has been installed on the river side of the lighthouse. The lighthouse, built in 1935 as a memorial to Mark Twain on his 100th birthday, is the second to be built at that site. The storyboard tells the history of the lighthouse and has photos of the lighthouse through the years, including the remains of the lighthouse in 1960 when it was leveled by a windstorm. It was rebuilt in 1963. The lighthouse and its stairs have changed over the years, with the relocation of the Mark Twain Memorial Bridge making it more accessible to visitors. Information and photos for the sign were provided by Steve Chou, the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum, the Hannibal History Museum and The Hannibal Courier-Post.