Artists invited to submit works on beacon for Hannibal's Bicentennial

By Bev Darr, Hannibal Courier-Post Reporter
Posted: Dec. 28, 2018 3:19 pm

As plans continue for Hannibal's 200thbirthday, the Bicentennial Marketing Committee is inviting the public to participate in various events scheduled throughout 2019.

The special artistic display, Bicentennial Beacons, will be on exhibit outdoors throughout Hannibal. Megan Rapp, leader of the Marketing Committee, said the committee “would love to have the opportunity to work with you in creating a community-wide art exhibit for everyone to enjoy.”

The art will be on “beacons” which may be picked up at the Hannibal Convention and Visitors Bureau at 505 N. Third St.

The deadline for the beacons to be returned is Sunday, Jan. 20. The beacon may be disassembled and various artistic additions made. It stands at 6-foot-9 when assembled. There are no rules about how it is decorated, except it is to be for the public, including children, and must be appropriate for all ages.

The completed beacons will be featured on hannibal2019.com. The beacons will be displayed outdoors beginning in the spring. If a beacon cannot be displayed outdoors, it needs to be stated. Each beacon will include a sign with the artist's name and the Bicentennial logo.

Beacon ideas have been suggested by the Marketing Committee, such as featuring Hannibal native William Lear, whose inventions included the Lear jet and car radio. Also born in Hannibal was George Coleman Poage, the first African-American to win an Olympic medal. Another suggestion is Molly Brown (Margaret Tobin Brown) who was born in Hannibal to Irish immigrants and spent the latter part of her life improving conditions for children and the working class. Another beacon idea is to focus on the Hannibal Free Public Library, which was the first free public library in Missouri.

Hannibal was named for Hannibal Barca (247-183 BC), a Carthaginian general remembered as one of history’s greatest military minds who crossed his army, war elephants and all, over the Alps to invade the Roman Republic.

Michael Gaines, executive director of the Hannibal Arts Council, said, “I would encourage local artists, and those who don't call themselves artists, to get involved. It's a creative way to participate in the Bicentennial and show off their creativity.”

Special events planned during the Bicentennial year include:

The kickoff event will honor Hannibal mayors, past and present, with a Mayors’ Reunion and Celebration at 6 p.m. Jan. 2 in the Council Chambers of City Hall at 320 Broadway. It will take place one hour prior to the official City Council meeting. Light refreshments will be served, and the public will have a chance to informally mingle with mayors and their families from years past.

Hometown Heroes Banners – Countless Hannibal men and women have served their country in the U.S. military. A display of banners featuring Hannibal servicemen and women throughout Hannibal will take place. The photos are also featured online athannibal2019.com.

An online list of more than 200 things to do in Hannibal during the Bicentennial (and beyond).

Special event elements, including Bicentennial features at events like National Tom Sawyer Days, Twain on Main, Hannibal’s Hometown Christmas, etc.

New book releases of Hannibal’s history.    

Special musical guests, including No. 1 Blues Billboard artist Victor Wainwright, bluegrass legend Rhonda Vincent and more, to be announced.

Old Time Baseball Game in honor of Hannibal’s famous baseball resident, Jake Beckley.

Special playing of Pinocchio, which features Hannibal’s very own Cliff Edwards (Ukulele Ike) as     the voice of Jimminy Cricket.

A Hanger Ball at the Hannibal Airport, featuring big band music and fireworks.

Anyone with questions about the beacons or other Bicentennial events is invited to contact Rapp at (573) 221-2477.


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