‘Civil War Ironclads’ Topic of Dec. 4 Lecture

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Nov. 21, 2008 — The Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Southeast Missouri Regional Museum presents “Civil War Ironclads,” a lecture by James Phillips, at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 4, in the John and Betty Glenn Convocation Center at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus, 518 S. Fountain St. in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

This event is free, open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

Phillip’s presentation explores the design, development, and use of ironclads in the Civil War. The ironclad boat is an iconic image of the Civil War and in its various incarnations participated in a number of famous naval engagements. This impressive piece of technology helped shift the balance of naval power during the Civil War.

Phillips received his bachelor of science degree from Murray State University and master of arts degree in anthropology from the University of Mississippi. He is curator of collections at the Crisp Museum and teaches archaeology lab classes for the Department of Foreign Languages and Anthropology at Southeast Missouri State University.

Visit the museum’s Web site at www.semo.edu/museum/ or call (573) 651-2260 with questions. Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.