Students’ Historical Exhibitions Open April 15 in Kent Library

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Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of History and Anthropology will feature the work of four historic preservation students in three exhibitions opening April 15 on Kent Library’s main floor.

An opening reception will be held April 15 at 2 p.m. Face coverings will be required, and social distancing guidelines will be in place.

The students completed the exhibitions as part of an advanced project requirement or honors-level class contract. The exhibits will remain on display through April 2022. Admission is free.

“There is no I in House: The Significance of the Ramsay House from a Log Cabin to an I house”  exhibit by Kaitlyn Barnett and Allyson Ingli.

“There is no I in House: The Significance of the Ramsay House from a Log Cabin to an I house” by Kaitlyn Barnett of Troy, Illinois, and Allyson Ingli of Ballwin, Missouri, provides an overview into the significant owners and architectural changes of the Andrew Ramsey, Jr. House in Cape Girardeau since its construction as a two-story log cabin in 1795. The changes to the house succeeding the original log cabin construction include the encasement of the log cabin behind plaster interior walls by William Ramsey, the ‘elle’ addition John Cross added to the back elevation of the house, and the rehabilitation completed by Carl Armstrong.

“Who You Gonna Call? Recounting Over a Century of Telecommunication Service in Cape Girardeau” by Peter Reckling of Louisville, Nebraska, displays the history of the telephone companies in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, and the types of equipment used in the central office and at home from the 1910s through 2020. The exhibit explores the early days of telephone pioneering, the Bell System divestiture in the 1980s and its impact on Cape Girardeau, and even the fun phone-booth stuffing contests held on Southeast’s campus.

Pieces from the “Cultivating a Passion for the Medieval in the Present: Examining Student-led Collection Development in Special Collections and Archives” exhibit by  Lakin Fraker.

“Cultivating a Passion for the Medieval in the Present: Examining Student-led Collection Development in Special Collections and Archives” by Lakin Fraker of Strafford, Missouri, explores a collaborative class activity between art and history students with Special Collections and Archives in February 2020 to select items for the medieval teaching collection in Kent Library’s Rare Book Room. The exhibit details the selection process and displays a few of the items chosen by the students.

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