Regional History Fair Coincides With Missouri Flag Centennial Celebration

historyCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., March 15, 2013 — The rich history of southeast Missouri will be on display with exhibitors and authors at a Regional History Fair March 22 at Centenary United Methodist Church’s Family Life Center, 300 N. Ellis, in downtown Cape Girardeau.

About a dozen local historical organizations and about 10 authors who have written about the region will be on hand from 2:30-4:30 p.m. to share information about their group and their interest in the history of this region. The event is free and open to the public.

“This is really to showcase the variety of organizations that are engaged in history in the region,” said Dr. Adam Criblez, director of the Center for Regional History at Southeast Missouri State University.

Criblez says the fair will give participants “an understanding of the scope” of historical organizations in the area and gives those who attend an opportunity to share their interests with like-minded individuals.

He says the fair will “pull together repositories of information on the region,” including those focusing on various types of area history – Civil War, downtown, regional and Southeast Missouri State University.

Organizations exhibiting at the fair will be Cape County Archives, Cape County Genealogical Society, Cape Historical Society, Cape River Heritage Museum, Center for Regional History, Daughters of the American Revolution, Fort D Historic Site, Glenn House, History Graduate Student Organization, Missouri Preservation, Old Town Cape, Oliver House, Red House Interpretive Center, Sons of the American Revolution, Southeast Missouri State University Press, The State Historical Society of Missouri and Southeast Missouri State University Archives and Special Collections.

Participating authors will include Dean Burns, Dennis Bowman, Linda Nash, Morley Swingle, Judge Bill Hopkins, Rich Flentge, Steve Mosley, Jerry Ford, Ned Matthews and Tom Neumeyer.

The Regional History Fair is being sponsored by Southeast Missouri State University’s Center for Regional History and the State Historical Society of Missouri. The fair will follow a Flag Centennial Program scheduled for 1:30-2:30 p.m. in the Family Life Center.

March 22 will mark the 100th anniversary of the official adoption of the Missouri flag which was designed 100 years ago in Cape Girardeau by Mrs. Marie Watkins Oliver, the wife of State Senator R.B. Oliver, at their home at 740 North Street in Cape Girardeau. The house has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1980 as the Oliver-Leming House.

The original Missouri state flag that first flew over the Missouri State Capital will be available for viewing from 2:30-4:30 p.m. March 22 in the Family Life Center gymnasium during the fair.

The original Missouri State flag also will be on display from 1-4 p.m. March 23 at the Oliver-Leming House, where public tours of the house will be available.