The Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum is expanding with the reopening of the Becky Thatcher House and seeking more volunteers to help staff the museum properties.

Kurt Parsons

"The Becky" will reopen June 29 to visitors after years of restoration, which adds another building to the museum tour.

"We're excited to have completed the Becky Thatcher House," museum executive director Henry Sweets said. "And now we're looking for a few more enthusiastic, friendly volunteers to help welcome our guests from all across the world."

Volunteers in admissions and the gift shops work one four-hour shift each week, while interacting with visitors and answering questions. Volunteers help cut down museum costs and keep doors open year-round.

"If you have four hours a week to donate to a great organization, we want you," volunteer coordinator Ann Lear said. "We provide training and supervised assistance to get you acquainted with the museum."

Those interested can contact Lear at 573-221-9010, ext. 409, for more information. Volunteer shadowing is available and current volunteers can provide more information about their museum experiences.

"The Mark Twain Museum would not be as successful without the dedication of our volunteers," Lear said. "We're so grateful for the support from our community."