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Family Day: Folktales, Crafts and Music

November 9 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


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The Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus will celebrate a Family Day on Nov. 9 with “Folktales, Crafts and Music.”

This free event is scheduled from 1-4 p.m. and offers an afternoon of discovery and celebration of the folktales, crafts and traditional music from Appalachia to the Ozark Mountains.

The Crisp Museum is also hosting two guest speakers.

At noon, historian and author James Irwin presents “Jesse James: The Man, The Myth, The Movie,” about one of the most iconic figures in Missouri history. In this presentation, Erwin describes how a farm boy, guerrilla, bank and train robber, and murderer became a political hero and 19th-century media star. In the 20th century, James’s criminal past was excused or ignored in dozens of movies, serials, television shows and songs, and he was transformed into a typical western hero. But as movies became more realistic, the portrayals of James became more nuanced and historically accurate. Erwin describes James’s life, legend, and movie “career” using photographs, movie posters, and song and film clips.

At 2 p.m., Brooks Blevins presents “The Old Ozarks: The Mountains and Their Myths.” Blevins explores the early history of the Ozark region through the lens of popularly held perceptions and myths of the region, and reveals the real history behind the myths. For example, the myth of the “Scots-Irish Ozarks” leads into a discussion of the surprising degree of racial and ethnic diversity in the pre–Civil War Ozarks, including the role of “immigrant Indians” in Old Ozarks affairs and the prominence of slavery in many locales. The myth of the feuding Ozarks leads into a discussion of the “Slicker War” and other episodes of violence, including examination of their root causes. The myth of the isolated Ozarks leads into a discussion of the many evidences of the region’s connections with regional and national markets, such as the centrality of lead mining in the Old Ozarks and the survival of antebellum store ledgers that offer a window into rural and small-town commerce. Brooks introduces audiences to a more realistic vision of the Old Ozarks by challenging the things people think they know about the region.


November 9
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Rosemary Berkel & Harry L. Crisp Museum


Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum, River Campus
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