Literary Landmarks

Q.  We were in Hannibal, Missouri on a recent spring driving trip and visited the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum.  I noted that it is a "Literary Landmark."  What is this designation?

A. The Museum received the designation on April 24 from ALA's Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), in conjunction with ReadMOre Missouri and the Missouri Humanities Council. 

If your community has a special location tied to a deceased literary figure, author or his or her work, contact ALTAFF to investigate applying for a Literary Landmark™ designation. The Literary Landmarks Association was founded in 1986 by former Friends of Libraries U.S.A. president Frederick G. Ruffner to encourage the dedication of historic literary sites.  ALTAFF, the successor organization to the Friends of Libraries U.S.A., now administers the designation.

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