Southeast Missouri History Focus of Crisp Museum’s ‘Talk on Tuesday’ Sept. 17


“Explore Local History in the Classroom and Beyond” at the Sept. 17 installment of the “Talks on Tuesday” series in the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.

Dr. Courtney Kisat, associate professor of history in Southeast’s Department of History and Anthropology and coordinator of Southeast’s social student education program, will give the presentation at 7 p.m., which is free and open to the public.

During her lecture, Kisat will discuss the Missouri History Lesson Plan Project, planned in anticipation of Missouri’s bicentennial in 2021. She will present curricular materials based on the history and geography of southeast Missouri and provide strategies for enhancing student inquiry through primary sources.

Kisat will also discuss the exchange of ideas between teachers, scholars, archivists and students to create lesson plans based on local primary sources with a rich database of primary source collections, and the benefits of introducing students to local history through primary sources to foster pride in heritage and stewardship of community.

Kisat earned a Master of Arts and a doctorate both in historical studies from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Her work has appeared in several publications, including academic journals such as the “Register of the Kentucky Historical Society,” “The Leader” of the National Social Studies Supervisors Association, and a chapter in the upcoming anthology “The Representation of Poverty in Popular Culture: Essays.”

Additionally, Kisat has managed oral history projects focusing on local history and has presented at regional and national conferences, including for the Missouri Council for Social Studies, the Missouri Conference on History, the National Council for Social Studies, and the Ohio Valley History Conference.

The “Talks on Tuesday” series takes place at 7 p.m. on select Tuesdays in the Crisp Museum. The talks consist of short, informational presentations and discussion sessions. For more information,

Crisp Museum is located at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus at 518 S. Fountain St., Cape Girardeau, Missouri. For more information, email or call (573) 651-2260.