‘Desoto and the Death of the Mississippians’ Topic of Feb. 12 Lecture

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Feb. 8, 2008 – “DeSoto and the Death of the Mississippians,” a lecture by James Phillips, will be presented Feb. 12 at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.

The lecture, sponsored by the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Southeast Missouri Regional Museum, is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in the John and Betty Glenn Convocation Center.  The event is free and open to the public.

During his exploratory trek from Florida to the Mississippi River, Hernando DeSoto (c. 1496-1542) encountered the last of the Mississippian cultures. This presentation examines the clash of European and Native American cultures, technology and ideals. The Spanish sought to claim new territories for their king, and gold and glory for themselves. The Mississippian chiefs, on the other hand, sought to use the invaders to further their own political and military goals. The outcome of this clash was the end of Mississippian culture and a doomed expedition for DeSoto. Phillips received his bachelor of science degree from Murray State University and master of arts in anthropology degree 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. For more information, contact Ellen Hahs at ehahs@semo.edu, (573) 651-2301 or visit the museum’s Web site. www.semo.edu/museum/.