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Community members representing the Red House Interpretive Center Board and others participating in the upcoming Heritage Days in Cape Girardeau were on hand to receive a proclamation from Mayor Harry Rediger honoring the event during the Sept. 19 City Council meeting.
Pictured below, from left to right are Steve Lee, Fred Trawick, Jim Crites, Tom and Mary Lou Bass, Donna and Tom Grantham, Mayor Harry Rediger, Paul Nenninger and Denise Lincoln.
The proclamation’s text is as follows:
Whereas, preserving our local history is an integral part of the fabric of our communities throughout this country, including in the City and County of Cape Girardeau, Missouri; and
Whereas, our local historic sites and programs are vitally important to our quality of life in the City of Cape Girardeau, ensuring the preservation of valuable historical artifacts and resources for our citizens and visitors to enjoy; and
Whereas, historic sites and programs provide a window into the past that help provide education and understanding about our way of life and what was important to the city and our society during those times; and
Whereas, the City and County of Cape Girardeau enjoy a rich heritage of people who have contributed to the growth and prosperity of our region, through good times and periods of conflict, laying a foundation to help our region thrive and grow yesterday, today and in the future; and
Whereas, historic sites, properties, and programs increase a community’s economic prosperity through increased property values, expansion of the local tax base, increased tourism, and attraction and retention of businesses by our local communities who value the contribution that history and heritage provide; and
Whereas, recognition of history and heritage in our community is an engaging effort taking many hours of academic research and volunteer hours to develop events and activities that will help history come alive for our youth so that they too will appreciate the value of history and heritage in our community with enthusiasm to carry on our traditions; and
Whereas, the historical organizations and associations of the City of Cape Girardeau and Cape Girardeau County have collaborated to host a variety of programs and events at various locations during the first weekend of October 2016, in recognition of our history, and that showcases our heritage and culture which binds us all together in a celebration of the past; and
Whereas, the City of Cape Girardeau, its elected officials and citizens recognizes the benefits derived from our rich history and heritage in the southeast Missouri region.
Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved that I, Harry Rediger, Mayor of the City of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, do hereby declare September 30, 2016 through October 2, 2016, as Cape Girardeau Heritage Days.
In Witness Whereof I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Seal of the City of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, this 19th day of September, 2016. — Harry Rediger, Mayor