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Strong start to fundraising effort for Twain properties

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HANNIBAL, Mo. (AP) -- An effort to raise money to improve the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum in the author's Missouri hometown of Hannibal is off to a strong start.

The Hannibal Courier-Post reports that just six weeks into the effort, the fundraising campaign has already raised 75 percent of its $600,000 goal. That was aided by an anonymous $100,000 donation.

Twain was born Samuel Clemens in Florida, Missouri, in 1835, and moved to Hannibal as a boy. Many of his most famous works are based on his life in Hannibal.

Executive Director Henry Sweets says the money will be used to complete renovations for a building near the home where Twain grew up and to upgrade exhibits.

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