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“Different and Essential to the General Good”: The Wednesday Club and Local Women’s Progress

This year marks the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution, guaranteeing women the right to vote. While this decision was due in part to years of activism, the rise of women’s clubs across the country helped to expedite the process. These clubs were originally created as a place for women to gather to discuss literary works, spearhead community […]

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Southern Illinois Women’s March

The Women’s March on January 21, 2017 was a unique and powerful moment in modern history. What began as one woman’s local event grew into the largest single-day protest in U.S. history.[1]  Millions of protestors travelled to Washington, D.C. or a sister march in order to join the Women’s March. Never before had so many turned out in protest of […]

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Wish You Were Here…

The Postcard Collection contains over 200 color and black and white views of buildings, landmarks and scenic views from Cape Girardeau, Missouri, and the surrounding region.   Southeast Missouri State University (formerly the Missouri State Normal School –Third District, and later the Southeast Missouri State Teachers College) are also represented.  Views of other Missouri, Kentucky and Illinois locales are also included, […]

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Giving Day 2018

On Tuesday, November 27, Southeast Missouri State University will attempt to fund 12 projects in 24 hours.  Today’s blog post highlights one of the 12 projects that is directly related to our work with rare books and manuscripts! Special Collections & Archives (SC&A) in Kent Library teaches both undergraduate and graduate classes each semester about the rare books and manuscripts […]

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The Creation of the Little River Drainage District

Today’s post was written by Ethan Adams, a previous student worker for Special Collections and Archives. Hello everyone! While working in Special Collections & Archives, my primary focus was organizing, inventorying, and processing the materials within the Little River Drainage District Collection. I provided reports to my supervisors at Special Collections & Archives and to the Little River Drainage District […]

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Restoring Historic Furniture

  Today’s blog post was written by guest author Peter Reckling, a student worker for Special Collections & Archives.  Peter is currently a junior at Southeast Missouri State University, studying historic preservation. The idea of furniture restoration first came about when the Special Collections & Archives manager, Roxanne Dunn, approached me about restoring a table that was on display in […]

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Fall 2018: Welcome Back!

Special Collections & Archives welcomes back new and returning students, faculty, and staff to Southeast Missouri State University for the Fall 2018 semester!  In the coming weeks, we will share with you several stories and images from within our collections.  We will be highlighting several topics such as: what was discovered in Kent Library over this past summer and what […]

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Through the Eyes of a Marine: Revisiting the Korean War through the Letters and Images of Major Charles L. Duncan

Today’s blog post was written by guest author Tracie Manes, a  student worker for Special Collections & Archives.     During the Korean War many men traveled overseas, unsure if they would return. One such man was Major Charles L. Duncan of Piedmont, MO. What was it like for Duncan to leave his home? What did he see and experience? […]

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From “Old Normal” to Academic Hall: The early foundation of higher education in Southeast Missouri

Today’s blog post was written by guest author Alan Carver, an undergraduate student studying History at Southeast Missouri State University. Southeast Missouri State University was founded in 1873; however, a lot has changed since then. What is now the university had its beginning as the Southeast Missouri State Normal School. The Normal School did not have the same buildings that […]

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Reading Between the Lines

Today’s blog post comes to us from Dr. Joni Hand, Associate Professor of Art History at Southeast Missouri State University. When I tell people I moved to Cape Girardeau from Jersey City, just across the Hudson River from New York City, they look at me as though I was from another planet. Most say, “That must have been a big […]

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Fall Frights and SEMO Delights

It’s Halloween and you and your friends plan to make the most of it. You read up on  reviews of local events and see one that catches your eye. You and your friends decide on a local haunted house and head that way. You pull up to this old and abandoned mansion which by itself already looks haunted. You and […]

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What’s in Your Attic? Historic 1848 Flag Helps Commemorate Independence Day

By: Kelsey Barnett, student employee in Special Collections & Archives It was a drizzly summer day when members of Special Collections and Archives took a drive out to Commerce, Missouri.  A prominent local historian, Denise Lincoln, had put us in contact with a possible donor, Dr. George Ann Huck.  Dr. Huck grew up in Commerce and attended Central Methodist University, […]