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Hannibal Library Press 

is pleased to announce the reprinting of


 The Story of Hannibal


This popular book and valuable resource has been out of print since the 1970's.

We are grateful to have been given permission to make it available to the public once again.

J. Hurley and Roberta Hagood

Roberta passed away
March 21, 2014
She will be missed.

J. Hurley and Roberta Hagood

         "J. Hurley and Roberta Hagood are well known in Hannibal and Marion
County for their research and writing of historic events in Northeast Missouri.
         "Hurley spent his boyhood in Hannibal and Roberta was born in Hannibal.  Later she lived in Centralia, Illinois and Ralls County,  Missouri.  The Hagoods met while they were students at Hannibal-LaGrange College.  Hurley is a graduate of William Jewel College, and Roberta continued her education at the University of Missouri and at Northern State University of Colorado.  After their marriage in 1935, they lived 39 years in Oregon, Washington, Colorado and California.  The Hagoods each had careers.  Hurley was employed by the Boy Scouts of America 1935-1974.  When they retired in 1974, Roberta was Director of Placement Services at Chapman College in California.

         Since their retirement and return to Missouri they have been active
in gathering historic material of Hannibal's past and preserving it in book  form.  They also have written numerous historic feature articles for the Hannibal Courier-Post, and for several magazines." (1)
         After Hurley died in 2002, Roberta has continued their historical research.  She published Hannibal Heritage in 2004, and often provides answers to questions about Hannibal's history for people who still call and visit her. She has left a legacy to the Hannibal Free Public Library through her help in the creation of the Missouri Room and the donation of about 5,000 note cards. (2)

         The reprint of  The Story of Hannibal  is
possible because Roberta donated its copyright to Hannibal Free Public Library.  The Library Board is deeply grateful to her.  The Library also wants to express appreciation to David Norman of KHBL radio station, who was determined to see the book reprinted,  to Jim Bastian of SPC Graphics, who oversaw the reprinting, and to the Northeast Missouri Community Foundation.

         The reprint of  The Story of Hannibal is a fundraiser for Hannibal Free Public Library.  It is the initial publication of the Hannibal Library Press.

(1)  Hannibal-LaGrange College History  by J. Hurley and Roberta Hagood, copyright by Hannibal-LaGrange College, 1995.  (Used with permission of the College.)
(2) "At the 100-year mark, Hannibal historian looks back on life's work," by Mary Poletti, Quincy Herald-Whig, published November 9, 2010 and updated December 2, 2010.

The Story of Hannibal: 
A Bicentennial History

J. Hurley Hagood & Roberta (Roland) Hagood

 Price: $65.00 (includes MO sales tax)

Bookstore Price: $35 (Purchase of 10 or more copies.)

2 ways to purchase:

  1. Purchase and receive gift card for pre-pub edition at Hannibal Free Public Library
  2. Print this form, fill out, and mail with payment