Welcome to the Center for Regional History. I am the new Director of the Center, moving into this position after the retirement of longtime director Dr. Frank Nickell. Prior to relocating to Cape Girardeau, I earned my Ph.D. from Purdue University where I specialized in 19th-century America and (except for my four years in West Lafayette, Indiana) was a lifelong resident of Ohio.
Although not a native Missourian, I am nonetheless fascinated by the rich history of the state and of the region. Southeast Missouri has witnessed tremendous historical events; record-breaking earthquakes that struck New Madrid, sharecropper strikes that revealed tremendous racial and economic tension, the creation of the Little River Drainage District showcasing amazing determination and engineering prowess, and the birth and development of the Southeast Missouri State Normal School (later Southeast Missouri State University) which has become a leading academic institution. Our mission at the Center for Regional History is to serve the University and the region through the promotion and interpretation of the history of southeast Missouri. I encourage you to visit us and to learn more about this fascinating region and its residents!
- Dr. Adam Criblez, Director of the Center for Regional History