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History in the making

Guest blogger Dr. Adam Criblez, associate professor at The Center for Regional History at SEMO,  shares the best ways to experience history firsthand this spring in Cape Girardeau. Cape Girardeau is one of the oldest cities in Missouri, tracing its European roots to the mid-1700s. Today, visitors can explore the rich history of the region ... Read More

Finding Your Roots Cape Girardeau’s Genealogy Resources

A Chinese proverb says, “To forget one’s ancestors is to be a brook without a source, a tree without a root.” Your family line likely boasts adventurers sailing down rivers and across oceans; changers determined to alter the course of history, even if just for their small community; brave souls picking themselves up over and ... Read More

Madame Girardeau: Her Story

Ensign Girardot’s establishment of a trading post at Cape Rock put our river town on the map in the early 1700s. Volunteer Charlotte Slinkard at the Cape River Heritage Museum is traveling the country to research Cape Girardeau’s earliest European history, and the story of Girardot’s wife Therese quickly grabbed her attention. As the Cape ... Read More

The Grants – A Love Story

Patti House, Fort D Historic Site Volunteer, has Ulysses S. Grant on her mind around Valentine’s Day every year. Read on to find out why!  “Recently on an NPR interview I heard the speaker say, ‘Emails are the love letters of our times.’ This may be true, but I cherish the handwritten notes from my ... Read More

Voices from the Backstairs: A New Tour at the Glenn House

The Glenn House, a restored Victorian mansion with views of the river on Spanish Street, has been a classic part of Cape Girardeau’s offerings to visitors since it opened for tours in 1980 after a substantial restoration and regularly offers tons of reasons to visit from their Christmas tours to their inclusion in First Friday ... Read More

A Weekend Full of History in Cape Girardeau

Experience local historic attractions over a weekend that brings the past to life this spring.  We took care of the planning, all you have to do is show up and get ready to step back in time in Cape Girardeau!  Get your print-and-go PDF of the following attractions here. Kick off your weekend Saturday morning ... Read More

Stepping Back in Time: Cape Girardeau’s Early Days

Born on the Mississippi River more than 200 years ago, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, has evolved from a tiny trading post to a thriving community of 38,000 on the world’s only inland cape.  Step back to a time when Cape Girardeau was a young frontier town at these sites that chronicle the early days of our ... Read More

Stepping Back in Time: Native American Heritage in Cape Girardeau

Long before European settlers arrived, the Indian Nations bearing the names Capaha, the Osage, the Delaware, the Shawnee and the Cherokee called Southeast Missouri home.  Step back in time to these sites in Cape Girardeau that honor our region’s Native American heritage.   Crisp Museum is found inside the River Campus, and features the Beckwith Collection, ... Read More

Stepping Back in Time: Everyday Life of Yesteryear in Cape Girardeau

Step back in time in Cape Girardeau and see what everyday life was like hundreds of years ago at these historic attractions. Through rebuilds and war, Bollinger Mill and covered bridge survive today to tell the story of smalltown industry in Southeast Missouri.  Construction began on the log mill in 1800, and it was rebuilt in stone ... Read More

Step Back in Time with a Weekend in Cape Girardeau

Hey there history buffs, planning a summer getaway….what about a weekend in Cape Girardeau, where history comes to life?  From Civil War sites to Mississippian pottery to Victorian mansions and covered bridges, Cape Girardeau’s rich history is yours to experience at one of our many historic sites, museums and attractions.   Kick off your weekend ... Read More
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