Annual Beckwith Memorial Archaeology Lecture Postponed Until April 28

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 7, 2011 – The Annual Beckwith Memorial Archaeology Lecture originally scheduled for tonight, April 7, has been postponed. The lecture is rescheduled for 6:30 p.m. April 28 in the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum Gallery at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.

Jim Phillips, curator of collections at the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum, will present the keynote lecture, “Looking Back at the Beckwith Collection.”

The lecture will be a retrospective look at the origins of the Beckwith collections. Phillips will discuss Beckwith as a collector and benefactor to the University and how the collection has changed locations at the University since its donation in 1913 as well as the collection’s cultural and educational significance in the modern museum and academic world.

The Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum and the Department of Foreign Languages and Anthropology at Southeast sponsor the annual Beckwith Lecture, which 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 Crisp Museum.

For more information on this event, contact the Crisp Museum at (573) 651-2260.