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Cape River Heritage Museum 2014 Season

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The Cape River Heritage Museum will begin its 2014 season with an open house reception Friday, April 11, from 5 to 7 pm. Refreshments will be served. “We are excited to showcase the museums substantial refurbishing of galleries, exhibits and a new, paved parking lot,” Director Bonnie Stepenoff stated.

    New exhibits in the River Room include “Cape Girardeau Presidential Connections;” “Steamboat Era;” “Louis Lorimier, Founder of Cape Girardeau;” and a 5x10 1944 Ary Marbain mural “Metropolis” donated by the Southeast Missourian Newspaper and restored by local artist, Craig Thomas.

   The Missouri Room features updated exhibits of “Marie Oliver, Designer of the Missouri State Flag;” “Louis Houck, Lawyer, Author, Railroad Pioneer;”  “Willard Vandiver, originator of the “Show Me” slogan;” “The Missouri Mule;” “Chief White Eagle;” and a 5x8 Marbain mural entitled “Culture.”

  In addition, students of SE Missouri State University’s Historic Preservation program are developing new Police and Fire exhibits in the Pumper and Fire Engine rooms under the tutelage of Dr. Eric Clemens.

    “We invite all area citizens to visit the museum throughout the year,” Dr. John Holcomb, President remarked. “We know they will be proud of our current upgrades.”

    The Cape River Heritage Museum is open Thursdays and Fridays from noon to 4 p.m., and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 573-334-0405.

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