‘Living History’ Course Culminates in USO Dance Party May 3

Hist preservation studentsCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 29, 2014 – History students at Southeast Missouri State University and members of “History Alive,” a living history interpretive group, are offering an opportunity May 3 to step back in time and attend a United States Organization (USO) dance party set during the pivotal summer of 1944.

The event is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the VFW Post 3838 at 1049 N. Kingshighway in Cape Girardeau.

The dance party is the culmination of the Southeast course, HP300 “Living History in Historic Sites” taught this semester by Dr. Joel Rhodes, professor of history. These students have joined Rhodes’ former students who founded “History Alive” a couple of years ago, to spearhead the dance party.

Dance goers will meet a large, colorful cast of characters portrayed by the members of “History Alive” while enjoying the best music of the decade.

Participants can foxtrot with paratroopers of the 501st Infantry Regiment or shoot the breeze with locals about New Deal politics and life on the home front. The dance also offers the opportunity to shake hands with one of the most famous women to ever grace the White House – Eleanor Roosevelt.

Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for active and retired members of the U.S. Armed Forces. Those who bring three lightweight items for a soldier’s care package will get $2 off any one ticket purchase. All care package items will be directed to Operation Care Package in Joliet, Ill. Fifty percent of all ticket sales go to support the VFW Post 3838 and the History Alive: Living History Interpretive Group.

For more information, contact Lindsey Lotz at history.alive@gmail.com.