Civil War Roundtable Lecture Series Starts July 14 at the Cape River Heritage Museum

Cape Girardeau’s Civil War Roundtable will present a series of lectures at the Cape River Heritage Museum, 538 Independence in Cape Girardeau, on three weekends in July.

Opening the series will be Mike Hahn reflecting on letters written by a soldier on Saturday, July 14, from 2-3:15 p.m. On Sunday, July 15, from 2-4 p.m., the Roundtable will hold a meeting at the museum. Featured speaker will be Michael Comer discussing “Hunter-Dawson Civil War History” with a focus on the New Madrid area.

Continuing the Civil War Series on Saturday July 21 from 2-3:15 p.m. will be Mike Shain, the former KFVS12 personality, who has a personal interest in the war because of letters that have been passed down in his family. Dub Suedekum will give the final presentation on Saturday July 28 from 2-3:15 p.m. He will focus on the life and times of Governor Claiborne Fox Jackson, who tried to persuade Missourians to leave the Union.

July is the last month to see “Divided Loyalties: Civil War Documents from the Missouri State Archives” at the museum. The traveling exhibit examines the turmoil in Missouri from the 1850s through the 1870s. Other featured exhibits include “Cape Girardeau: Development of a River City,” the Civil War in Cape Girardeau, the Missouri mule, the Cherokee, Marie Oliver, Louis Houck, and Willard Vandiver.

The museum will be open on July 2 and July 4 from 12 to 4 p.m. On July 4, admission is free. Regular operating hours are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday afternoons. Admission is $3 for each adult and $2 for students and children.

To arrange a special group tour, please call the Cape River Heritage Museum at 573-334-0405.

Content From Cape River Heritage Museum Press Release