The Louisiana Area Historical Museum will feature Lisa Marks of Hannibal for its program at the annual fall dinner to be held on Thursday, Nov. 9 at 6 p.m. at the American Legion Post, 420 Kelly Lane in Louisiana.

The Louisiana Area Historical Museum will feature Lisa Marks of Hannibal for its program at the annual fall dinner to be held on Thursday, Nov. 9 at 6 p.m. at the American Legion Post, 420 Kelly Lane in Louisiana. The meal will be prepared by Vicky Keely and served by members of the Louisiana Interact Club.

This year’s program is titled “Molly Brown from Hannibal, Missouri: Her Life in the Gilded Age.” Marks and her husband, Ken, are owners and operators of the Hannibal Museum and authors of the books “Hannibal, Missouri: A Brief History” and “Molly Brown From Hannibal, Missouri.” They also operate the Haunted Hannibal Ghost Tours as an extension of their museum, which is located at 200 North Main in downtown Hannibal. While dressed in Victorian garb, Marks will share the story of Molly, the feisty Hannibal native and Titanic survivor who became known for her wealth and philanthropy in the West. She will also speak of life at the turn of the 20th century, when Hannibal was a stop on the routes from St. Louis and Kansas City to Chicago, when the train traffic boosted business and helped turn Hannibal temporarily into the second largest city in the state. The cosmopolitan nature of the town helped form the character and life of Molly Brown.

A musical interlude will be presented by Martha Weston and Dennis Babbitt, who are returning by popular demand after their previous successes in fitting their wonderful vocal music to the theme of the program.

The Louisiana Area Historical Museum, located at 304 Georgia Street, offers programs and exhibits of early artifacts from Louisiana and the surrounding area. Admission is free but donations are always appreciated. The museum is a Buffalo Township United Fund agency, and exists through the generous donations of local residents, volunteers, and visitors. The annual banquet serves as an additional fundraiser for the museum as well as a public service in making available noteworthy speakers and entertainment to the community. It is a chance to bring history to life, which is an important focus of the museum board. Other goals are to preserve, interpret and display historical and cultural materials related to this area.

Tickets for the dinner are available at the Louisiana Public Library at 121 North Third Street or from any of the following board members: Dorothy Webb, Juanita Thomas, Martha Sue Smith, Jerry Smith, Judy Schmidt, Charlotte Perrine, Ann Narramore, John Murray, Trent Meyers, Eileen Hoffman, Ned Glenn, Brent Engel, Jean Eastman, Sally Cropp, Randall Cone, or Linda Beer. Additional information can be obtained by calling board president Judy Schmidt at 573-754-5697.