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Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum

Southeast Missouri State University • 518 S. Fountain St. • Cape Girardeau, Mo
Tours may be scheduled by calling (573) 651-2260. The museum is closed on major holidays.

Make and Take 

River Campus hosts a day full of entertainment, programs and activities in Art, Music, Dance, Theater and more during this free event. Food and fine art vendors will have booths.
Cool off with an icy treat and make selfies or group pics with our fun beach props.
Create a nightscape and include creative creatures and a creepy background with a glowing moon effect.
Planning is in progress for hands on activities, informative demonstrations, living history/reenactments, musicians and historic displays. If you have a related expertise under such topics as Mississiapn first peoples, pioneers, German, French or Spanish cultures, trade goods, memorabilia related to Cape Girardeau's history, the civil war, riverboats, early agriculture, early industries, or historic music and would like to participate, contact Crisp Museum (573) 651-2260.

Enjoy an afternoon of exchange, discovery and connection through folktales, crafts and traditional music from Appalachia to the Ozark Mountains.


Historic Tuesday Talks, 7 p.m. (free)

Please check back. Updates are made frequently.

Current Issues, presentations, interactive talks and informative roundtable discussions will occur to engage the Southeast University and the public. The dates have been set. If you have a topic suggestion that would be of interest to a variety of museum patrons, please contact Crisp Museum (573) 651-2260 and leave your name and contact information.

Classroom Workshops (must register + pay fee)

Tuesdays 9 a.m.-Noon,
Tuesdays 1-4 p.m.
Wednesdays 1-4 p.m.
Pre-registration and fee required ($5/single class or $100/year of classes, workshops by contracted teaching artists are not included) • supplies provided or bring your own • adults only
Space is limited. Beginner and novice level lessons involve a variety of mediums such as painting, drawing, fibers, printmaking, jewelry and multimedia. Activities will introduce art vocabulary along with knowledge of color theory and some art history. Individual participants learn to use the materials. Not everyone makes the same art. Realism, representational, plein air, abstract, expressionism and narrative are styles can be explored in this group setting.
Participants are to acquire the book, that is the only fee • must preregister • “The Spirit Almanac: A Modern Guide to Ancient Self-Care”
by Loewe and Kellner
All cultures take cues from the Earth and sky in their practice of rituals. This book study will be a journey into the understanding of yourself and your spirit. Participants will meet through the year to learn, share and discuss their personal understanding, discoveries, interpretations and decisions related to a variety of seasonal content. Overviews of the ancient uses of crystals, herbs, essential oils, astrology, tarot, meditation and breathing will be introduced. Outcomes from studying “The Spirit Almanac” include reserving moments of your time to take care of yourself with your own transformational practices. Learning new insights from this book will make you aware of personal realizations, feelings of calmness and gratitude. Additional meetings are held the first thursday of each month.
Questions call (573) 651-2260 or email
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grades 3-6 from 9 to 11a.m. • grades 7-11 from 1 to 4 p.m.
$50 Fee • must preregister by May 20 • supplies provided
Museum staff and special guests facilitate a fun learning experience.
Questions: call (573) 651-2260 or email
What if the artifacts in our museum came from civilizations that long ago traveled to and from other galaxies? Or what if they're secretely alive, and they play video games on the office computers at night? In this workshop, you'll use your imagination and creativity to created objects unique to our world. Whatever you can imagine can become part of a plot that captivates your family and friends.
During this five-day workshop, we will read some short story mystery tales, find clues, write and share your own short mystery stories. We will talk about ways that good writers are kind of like detectives, noticing little details that many people miss. For our stories, we will be using the museum galleries for writing prompts.
Authors start with their own original ideas and experiences for their story’s beginning, middle and end. Using this as a framework, they creatively expand each section and develop interesting characters in descriptive settings as their plot unfolds. Inclusion of a twist or surprising turn can be a fascinating element. Participants will also have mini-lessons involving memory walks, illustration, personification, and puppetry.

Printable Flier

10 a.m.-3 p.m.
$10 Fee must preregister by June 14 • supplies provided. • no experience required.
Teaching artist will demonstrate and lead participants in use of supplies to create images/designs to represent summer.
To register call (573) 651-2260 or email
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5-9 p.m.
$10 Fee must preregister by Aug. 22 • limited seating • supplies provided
Participants will be led in the use of the supplies to create a rope rug to be embellished with images and/or designs. Craft forward: Learn this activity and share the knowledge by teaching others.


Questions: email or call (573) 651-2260.
Online register


River Campus, 175 Cultural Arts Center

Crisp Museum
One University Plaza, MS 7875 (mailing address)
518 S. Fountain St. (physical address)
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701