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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 & Take and Demonstrations (free)

Fiber Arts Meet Up at Crisp Museum
Oct. 18, 2019, 1-3 p.m. Looking for a group to share your latest fiber arts project with? Bring your knitting, embroidery, felting, spinning, chocheting, book binding project to work on with a group of like minded individuals. All experience levels welcome. (Not a class/workshop, just a meet up.) Email for more information.

Escape the Museum
November 16 and 17, 2019, 1-4 p.m.
You have been locked in the Museum. You must solve a series of problems and obstacle to make your escape.
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Scrap Crafting
December 6, 2019, 4-9 p.m. and December 7, 1-4 p.m.
Using Crisp Museum's scraps and recyclables, create one of a kind ornaments and create small holiday themed gifts, while supplies last. Some examples included: painted tiles, beaded wire mini tree, ribbon tree, small basket from wrapped cord, blue jean rug or pillow, wire wrapped pendant, or whatever you can think up. 

Presentations and Talks (free)

Please check back. Updates are made frequently.

Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020 at 7 p.m. Dr R. Bruck McMillan presents Cliff Dwellers of the Ozarks
The White River basin in southwest Missouri and northwest Arkansas is a region noted for bluff shelters that contain remarkable preservation environments—one that preserves what are otherwise perishable artifacts. These “dry shelters” produce hafted tools and weapons, baskets, woven fabrics, clothing and footwear, and perishable food items along with ceramics and lithic artifacts. Mark Harrington, an archaeologist trained at Columbia University in New York, first described what he called the “Ozark Bluff Dweller culture” in 1924, following two years of explorations in these bluff overhangs. His collections ended up at the Museum of the American Indian in New York. A decade later, the University of Arkansas Museum under the direction of Samuel Dellinger, excavated eighty additional bluff shelters amassing a large collection of perishable artifacts that are today curated by the Arkansas Archaeological Survey. In 1957, as part of the work in the Table Rock Reservoir area, Carl H. Chapman of the University of Missouri excavated several dry shelters in Barry County, Missouri. The history of this work will be reviewed along with an explanation of how the concept of an “Ozark Bluff Dweller culture” has outlived its usefulness.
Select Tuesdays at 7 p.m.
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.

Tuesday, Mar. 24, 2020 James Phillips presents Beckwith Lecture (more information soon, please check back)
The Beckwith Memorial Archaeology Lecture honors Thomas Beckwith, who donated his sizeable collection of Mississippian artifacts to the University in 1913. Select pieces from the collection are on permanent display in the museum.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020, 7 p.m.
More information soon, please check back.

Events and Workshops (must register + possible fee)

Arts & Crafts
Tuesdays 9 a.m.-Noon 
Tuesdays 1-4 p.m.
Wednesdays 1-4 p.m.
Preregistration 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 art including 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.
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Book Study "The Spirit Almanac"
Preregistration is open all year • Participants are to acquire the book “The Spirit Almanac: A Modern Guide to Ancient Self-Care” by Loewe and Kellner  (Join this book group anytime of the year.)
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. Guest speakers will occationally be presenting overviews of the ancient uses of crystals, herbs, essential oils, astrology, tarot, meditation and breathing. 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. 
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Questions: email or call (573) 651-2260.
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Crisp Museum
One University Plaza, MS 7875 (mailing address)
518 S. Fountain St. (physical address)
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701