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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 Family Days (free)

Winter Landscape
Drop in February 7, 2020, 4-8 p.m. and/or February 8, 1-4 p.m.
Even if you say you can't paint, you can follow step by step to create an easy winter landscape with snowy hills, aspen trees, evergreens and a meandering stream.
For all ages.

Family Day: LEGO Building!
February 8, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
The museum's first LEGO building event! Models will be on display and you can help build a LEGO sculpture and play LEGO themed games.

Fiber Arts Meet Up
February 21, 2020 1-3 p.m.
During the event, hosted by the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum and Emily Denlinger, professor and area head of digital art, participants are encouraged to bring their knitting, embroidery, felting, spinning, crocheting or book making projects to work on and share with the group. All experience levels are welcome.
Acrylic Abstract with Texture
March 6, 2020, 4-8 p.m. and/or March 7, 1-4 p.m.
Use a thickening medium with acrylic paint of your color choice and play with raised textures made from anything you can call a paint tool to form lines, designs and texture. Dries quick and easy to take home.
Origami and Paper Sculpture
April 3, 2020, 4-8 p.m. and/or April 4, 1-4 p.m.

Poetry Night
April 15
7-10 p.m.
Celebrate National Poetry Month with Crisp Museum.
Open Mic Night is from 7-10 p.m. and is free and open to the public of all ages. Community members are invited to take the stage and showcase their literary and musical talents, or to sit back and enjoy live music and refreshments while supporting other performers.

Rocks and Minerals
May 1, 2020, 4-8 p.m. and May 2, 1-4 p.m.
Visit different centers focusing on rocks and minerals. Did you know some of southeast Missouri has volcanic rock? The St. Francois Mountains, are the oldest continually mined property in the US. The igneous rocks became knob islands which protruded out and then were covered by more sedimentary rocks. The rocks then eroded over time and formed high and low points that eventually developed into the mountains that are present today.

Presentations and Talks (free)

Please check back. Updates are made frequently.

Dr. Pam Parry’s new book, Women and the Eisenhower Administration: Changing the Face of Politics, will be published in 2020, the 100th anniversary of the granting of suffrage to women. The book will explore the commitments President Eisenhower made to advancing women in government in the 1950s. Dr. Parry is the author or co-editor of eight books, including a book series on Women in American Political History, and the author of Eisenhower: The Public Relations President Eisenhower Administration: Changing the Face of Politics (Lexington 2014).

Parry is a former congressional correspondent who also covered the White House and the U.S. Supreme Court. She has written columns for The Baltimore Sun and scripts for “The McLaughlin Group,” has served on the Board of Directors of the American Journalism Historians Association, and recently served as a consultant to the renovation of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Museum in Abilene, Kansas. A graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism and American University, she earned her Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Southern Mississippi where she was named Top Graduate Student in her discipline. In 2016, she received the Applegate Award for Excellence in Research from the Kentucky Communication Association and currently serves as professor and chairperson of the Department of Mass Media at Southeast Missouri State University.


Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020 at 7 p.m. Dr R. Bruce 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.

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.

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.
Register online here

Knitting Ear Warmers
January 30, 2020, Groups start on the hour: 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m. or 6 p.m.
Preregistration by Noon on January 29 is required for this free workshop.
Beginners will learn a few easy textured stitch patterns. Once complete, you’ll be able to begin wearing or gifting what you make. Groups are limited to 4 participants and supplies are provided or you may bring your own.

Knitting requires good attention, finger dexterity, and patience. It does take time to acquire consistent tensioning of the yarn. There will be no guarantee of a finished ear warmer for every participant in the time given, because we all progress at our own speed. However, the full process will be explained from start to finish, and participants may stay for as long as they'd like to knit on their piece. The knitting tools offered during class are to remain property of the museum. Bringing your own knitting needles to use for this class is allowed. Note: different size needles will produce different results. Contact the museum with questions.

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Gourd Bowls
February 11, 12, and 13, 2020 at 7-9 p.m.
Preregister by Noon on February 4 is required for this free workshop.
Gourds can be painted with a transparent color or an opaque design before the stitching on the rim is added. Drying time may take overnight. Participants may bring additional decoration materials. Groups are limited to 6 participants and basic supplies are provided. 

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Duct Tape Art
February 22, 2020, 1-4 p.m.
This free event for ages 8 and up requires preregistration by Feb. 19th.
Come be creative with duct tape. Put a new spin on something familiar by making it yourself. What can you make out of duct tape?

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CLASS IS FULL - No longer enrolling
Cleda Curtis Oil Painting Workshop
March 10, 17, 24, 3, 2020, from 9 a.m.-Noon
Preregistration and $25 payment due by March 3, 2020. This class is for adults.

Wind Chimes Workshop
March 14, 2020, 1-4 p.m.
This free event for ages 8 and up requires preregistration by March 11th.
March winds bring music to your ears with this event. Come join making wind chimes using old keys and wood.

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3D Paper Model Workshop
March 28, 2020, 1-4 p.m.
This free event for ages 8 and up requires preregistration by March 25th.
Come and assemble a classic 3D paper model. Your choices will be a building, car or airplane.

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Ukrainian Egg Decorating
March 31, 1-4 p.m.,
April 1, 1p.m. and 4 p.m.
Workshops are led by artist and teacher Barbara Duncan.
Participants will learn the rich history of legends, superstition, folklore and symbolism behind Pysanky. Duncan will demonstrate surface design and handling techniques that participants will use to create their own Pysanky egg with rich dyes and designs using a wax resist process. One egg will be completed in the 3 hour class.

Cost for this workshop is $5 and registration is required by March 24. Supplies will be provided. This event is open to ages 9 and up and no experience is required.

Watercolor Calligraphy
April 7 and 9, 2020, 1-4 p.m.
Participants will be shown how to use a water brush pen to create modern, crafty, colorful calligraphy during this drop in activity.

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