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Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum
MUSEUM EVENTS ON AND OFF CAMPUS ARE CANCELLED through April 17. This includes rental and use of University facilities by external individuals and groups. University cancellations DO NOT include Southeast student's semester classes. It will be possible to reschedule some of the museum's cancelled programming. Please check back.
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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)

CANCELED will be rescheduled
Origami and Paper Sculpture
April 3, 2020, 4-8 p.m. and/or April 4, 1-4 p.m.
Origami is the art of folding paper. Participaints will be led to creat small interesting boxes, objects and animals. Paper sculpture can include

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 Meet Ups (free)

Please check back. Updates are made frequently.

CANCELED will be rescheduled
Tuesday, Mar. 24, 2020 James Phillips presents Beckwith Lecture
The Astounding Amazing, Adventure of the Beckwith Collection!!  (cue Indiana Jones music)
Mr. Phillips will talk about the history of the Beckwith collection, the oldest collection held by the University, this exciting talk will cover its history,  how it came to the university, and why it is such an important resource to students today.
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.

March 27, 2020, 1-3 p.m.
April 17, 2020, 1-3 p.m. 
Looking for a group to share your latest fiber art project with? Bring your knitting, embroidery, felting, spinning, chocheting, book binding or other hand made item and work on it with a group of likeminded individuals while socializing.
This is not a class. Participaints are to provide their own supplies.

CANCELED will be rescheduled
Tuesday, April 21, 2020, 7 p.m.

“Mississippian Mothers and Infants: Old Excavations and New Interpretations in Southeast Missouri”

Although gender has become an increasingly important focus of archaeological inquiry over the last several decades, the specific roles of motherhood and infancy in ancient cultures have remained underexplored. This research combines data from old excavations with newer ideas about gender, fertility, and associated phenomena in the late prehistoric Mississippian tradition in Southeast Missouri in order to provide a more complete picture of how Mississippian women navigated their lives as mothers, particularly in their experiences of reproduction, childbirth, and caregivers to infants.

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

(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.

March 21, 2020
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Learn the basics of working with paracord – a lightweight, nylon rope available in a wide variety of colors and patterns – to make crafts and jewelry. Participants will make a bracelet or keychain.

Space is limited to 15 participants for this free workshop. Register online here. 

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.

Register online here

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.
Preregistration due March 31, 2020. Free activity with limited seating.
Participants will be shown how to use a water brush pen to create modern, crafty, colorful calligraphy during this activity.

Register online here


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