Crisp Museum Invites Visitors to ‘Folktales, Crafts and Music’ Family Day Nov. 9

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The Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus will celebrate a Family Day on Nov. 9 with “Folktales, Crafts and Music.”

This free event is scheduled from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and offers an afternoon of discovery and celebration of the folktales, crafts and traditional music from Appalachia to the Ozark Mountains.

The Crisp Museum’s Family Day event include:

From 10 a.m.-noon, music performance by The Jumper Cables, an acoustic string trio based in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. The Jumper Cables play an eclectic blend of the Great American Song book, including hot club jazz, cajun, western swing, blues, old time fiddle tunes, jazz and country.

At 11 a.m., storyteller, author and Cape Girardeau businessman Richard Flentge recounts the tale of Gen. Ulysses Grant receiving orders while in Cape Girardeau from President Abraham Lincoln, which proved to be a major turning point in the Civil War.

At noon, historian and author James Irwin presents “Jesse James: The Man, The Myth, The Movie,” about one of the most iconic figures in Missouri history. In this presentation, Erwin describes how a farm boy, guerrilla, bank and train robber, and murderer became a political hero and 19th-century media star. In the 20th century, James’s criminal past was excused or ignored in dozens of movies, serials, television shows and songs, and he was transformed into a typical western hero. But as movies became more realistic, the portrayals of James became more nuanced and historically accurate. Erwin describes James’s life, legend, and movie “career” using photographs, movie posters, and song and film clips.

At 2 p.m., Brooks Blevins presents “The Old Ozarks: The Mountains and Their Myths.” Blevins explores the early history of the Ozark region through the lens of popularly held perceptions and myths of the region, and reveals the real history behind the myths. For example, the myth of the “Scots-Irish Ozarks” leads into a discussion of the surprising degree of racial and ethnic diversity in the pre–Civil War Ozarks, including the role of “immigrant Indians” in Old Ozarks affairs and the prominence of slavery in many locales. The myth of the feuding Ozarks leads into a discussion of the “Slicker War” and other episodes of violence, including examination of their root causes. The myth of the isolated Ozarks leads into a discussion of the many evidences of the region’s connections with regional and national markets, such as the centrality of lead mining in the Old Ozarks and the survival of antebellum store ledgers that offer a window into rural and small-town commerce. Brooks introduces audiences to a more realistic vision of the Old Ozarks by challenging the things people think they know about the region.

The Crisp Museum is located in the Cultural Arts Center at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus, located at 518 S. Fountain St. in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, 1-4 p.m. on weekends and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the first Friday of the month. For more information, call (573) 651-2260 or email museum@semo.edu.

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