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.
Event at East Prairie, Mo, 13640 South Hwy 102, East Prairie, MO | (573) 649-3149
This event is open to the public and free to attend.
James Phillips will demonstrate bow making at Big Oak Tree State Park Living History
Guests can step back in time and enjoy Living History Day at Big Oak Tree State Park.
Southeast Explorer Mobile Museum 50th Anniversary of Man on the Moon Exhibit
Sept. 7-14, 2019
Southeast Explorer will be located at the SEMO District Fair
410 Kiwanis Drive Suite 200 Cape Girardeau, MO
Free and open to the public
Sept. 14, 2019, 10. a.m.-3 p.m.
Instructor: James Phillips
Preregistration is due for this free event for ages 15 and older by Sept. 7.
Participants will learn how to finger weave to create a sash from beginning to end.
Supplies are provided.
To register, please call (573) 651-2260 or email the Crisp Museum at firstname.lastname@example.org, or register online at https://app.semo.edu/genl/DAPS/Application.aspx?app=CrispMuseum.
Sept. 19, 2019, 5-9 p.m.
Come enjoy a night of board games with your friends.
Sept. 21, 2019
Visit Crisp Museum's booth at Cape AnimeCon
A. C. Brase Arena Building
410 Kiwanis Dr.
Cape Girardeau, Mo
Oct. 5 at 1 p.m.
Presentation by Joel P. Rhodes, Ph.D. - Haunted Cape Girardeau: Where the River Turns a Thousand Chilling Tales
For nearly 250 years, the mighty Mississippi has granted Cape Girardeau a legacy of prosperity and dealt it some fearsome scars. Walk through buildings cut by the shrapnel of exploding steamboats, swamped in the debris of sudden floods and haunted by the restless spirits of those who washed ashore. And beyond the riverfront, tragedy's indelible mark can be found in places like the back row of the Rose Theater or the ashen mists of Spook Hollow. Joel Rhodes keeps company with the most forlorn figures and entrenched phantoms in this history of Cape Girardeau, where the river turns a thousand chilling tales.
Additional 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.
Halloween at the Museum
October 19 and 20, 1-4 p.m.
Free and open to the public. Enjoy a scavenger hunt, stitching misfit monsters from terrycloth wash clohts and more.
Enjoy the search on our Halloween scavenger hunt, and get some candy while it lasts.
Leaves in Watercolor
November 1, 4 - 8 p.m.
November 2, 1-4 p.m.
Free and open to the public. Learn to use both positive and negative painting to create a colorful close up of fall leaves. Colors can be light and pastel like or continuously layered to become bold and bright. You can make it as simple as one leaf or a branch of leaves together.
Family Day: Folktales, Crafts and Music
Enjoy an afternoon of exchange, discovery and connection through folktales, crafts and traditional music from Appalachia to the Ozark Mountains.
November 9, 2019 at 12 p.m. James Irwin - Jesse James: The Man, The Myth, The Movie
Jesse James is an iconic figure in Missouri history. In this presentation, historian and author James Erwin describes how a farm boy, guerrilla, bank and train robber, and murderer became a political hero and nineteenth-century media star. In the twentieth century, Jesse James’s criminal past was excused or ignored in dozens of movies, serials, television shows, and songs, and he was transformed into a typical western hero. But as movies became more realistic, the portrayals of James became more nuanced and historically accurate. Erwin describes James’s life, legend, and movie “career” using photographs, movie posters, song and film clips.
November 9, 2019 at 2 p.m. Brooks Blevins - The Old Ozarks: The Mountains and Their Myths
The early history of the Ozark region is introduced through the lens of popularly held perceptions and myths of the region. It involves the presentation of these myths (or at least oversimplified perceptions) and then exposes them by revealing the real history behind the myths. For example, the myth of the “Scots-Irish Ozarks” leads into a discussion of the surprising degree of racial and ethnic diversity in the pre–Civil War Ozarks, including the role of “immigrant Indians” in Old Ozarks affairs and the prominence of slavery in many locales. The myth of the feuding Ozarks leads into a discussion of the “Slicker War” and other episodes of violence, including examination of their root causes. The myth of the isolated Ozarks leads into a discussion of the many evidences of the region’s connections with regional and national markets, such as the centrality of lead mining in the Old Ozarks and the survival of antebellum store ledgers that offer a window into rural and small-town commerce. Overall, the presentation introduces audiences to a more realistic vision of the Old Ozarks by challenging the things we think we know about the region.
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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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 exapmles 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.
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In his talk, Abernathy tells about his personal attunement in Reiki.
This book study is a journey into the understanding of yourself and your spirit. Progression of the book is seasonal and participants can begin the book group at anytime of the year. Acquiring the book is the only cost, meetings are free the first Thursday at 7 p.m. Joining the group can occur anytime of the year.
Chintia Kirana Artist Talk
September 6, 2019 at 6 p.m.
Kirana's talk is about her art exhibition "Tranisent" on display at Crisp Museum September 6 - October 20, 2019.
"In time we learn/ with time, we grow/ within time, we love. Life consists of a constant cycle of beginning and ending. Transient is a representation of the fragility and temporality of moments, memories, and a metaphor for life itself," Kirana said.
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.
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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
Preregistrer by Aug. 3
Participants will learn the art of creating raised images on the surface of thin copper sheeting. The class will use wood and bone tools to create images inspired by archaeological finds. Participants will also be encouraged to make their own designs. This event is free and open to ages 10 and up with limited seating.
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Rope Rug Dorm Decor
5-9 p.m. Tues. Aug. 20, $10 Fee • preregisterby Aug 19
5-9 p.m. Tues. Aug. 27, $10 Fee• 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 call (573) 651-2260.
Register online here
Intermediate Oil Painting with Dave Carter
Preregister by Aug. 28 • $25 fee • limited seating, adults • supply list provided
Visit https://semo.edu/museum/ and click Enroll in Classes or stop by Crisp Museum.
Participants will be led to create by teaching artist Dave Carter. Participants will learn about his color pallet concepts, how he is inspired to inspire others, and his awakened view of subject matter. "Colorful out of place elements can bring a painting or colorful drawing to a new level," he stated.
At the start, Carter will point out strengths, weaknesses, potential difficulties
in composition while examining each participant’s own source photos. Throughout the
classes, art terms, materials, and techniques will become more familiar as the 18”x24”
(non portrait) artworks develop.
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Dave's Studio-Visual Art Services
September 14, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Preregistration required by Sept. 7 • free • limited seating ages 15 and upsupplies
Participants will learn how to weave a complicated looking but simple to create pattern using only their fingers. Finished, it will be 2-3 inch wide and lengthy. The item is considered a sash, but its uses can be limitless.
Preregister by Sept. 21 • free • limited seating ages 14 and up • supplies provided
James Phillips instructs participants in cutting loops from wire and assembling the loops to create the 4 in 1 pattern for chainmail.
Preregister by Sept. 21 • free • limited seating ages 10 and up • supplies provided
Gary Tyler instructs participants in making a stylized wand from a dowel stick. The wands, once shaped, will be stained and decorated.
Little Feather Gourd Basket
Preregister by October 5 • $5 fee • limited seating ages 5 to 10 • supplies provided
Instructor: Ruth Andre
Saturday, October 12, group 1 at 1p.m. and group 2 at 2:30 p.m.
Gourds will be cleaned, cut, predrilled, and have a beeswax finish. Participants will see a demonstration of how those beginning steps occurred and learn about a gourd's lifecycle. Learning by example and pictures, the class will create a stitching pattern with artificial sinew or waxed thread to secure rolled paper around the gourd's top edge from start to finish.
Ruth Andre, award winning fiber artist, developed a series of pre-cut basketry kits for beginners and children, she calls "Gourd- Weavings," after having grown 6 acres of gourds and from being inspired by a young boy asking her if she could show him how to do what she did. "I want children to benefit, understand, and appreciate the ancient craft of basketry," Andre said.
Sculpture with Recycled Metals
Oct 8, 2019 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m
Preregister by October 5 • $5 fee • limited seating for adults • supplies provided
Instructor: Bridget Jackson
Selecting from a wide varitey of metal objects, from everyday items to random found pices, partisipants will use adhesives, hardware or other ways of attachment to create unique sculptures they take with them. A theme may be suggested, but individual creativity is limitless.
Questions: email email@example.com or call (573) 651-2260.
Register for a museum workshop https://app.semo.edu/genl/DAPS/Application.aspx?app=CrispMuseum
One University Plaza, MS 7875 (mailing address)
518 S. Fountain St. (physical address)
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701