After just a few years as an organization, the Hannibal History Museum is getting a bigger home.
Ken and Lisa Marks, who operate the museum, are moving it from its current location at 217 N. Main to 200 N. Main - the property most recently occupied by Breadeaux Pizza.
"We've been very surprised in the last year at the response that we've received from our special events and fund-raisers and felt as though we were not able to accommodate the size of the groups that we were having come in," Lisa Marks said. "We considered several options for larger buildings and were very pleased when we had the opportunity to work with the new owners at 200 N. Main."
Those new owners are the Hsu family from Taiwan. Wen Hong Hsu is listed as the property owner, according to the Marion County recorder's office. Marks said Hsu's daughter was a foreign exchange student in Hannibal and married a Hannibal man. She added the family bought 200 N. Main as an investment, and Hsu's daughter will be the property manager.
The new location gives more room for the Marks to operate the museum. The target date is March 15 for their grand re-opening. Marks said Aswin Patel will loan the Tom Sawyer diorama to the museum and that a new Molly Brown presentation will be offered.
"We'll be able to do on-site catering for our events, we will have a designated section for small performance space, so when we do events like our 'Tea time with Molly,' - we feel like we needed to designate space for those events," Marks said. "With those special components in place, this building will allow us to expand and be able to provide those services."