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WWI letters exhibit

Letters to Home: World War II Letters to Southeast Missouri

May 3, 2019 – December 20, 2019

Southeast Missouri State University Kent Library Main Floor

Join the State Historical Society of Missouri and the Department of History and Anthropology at Southeast Missouri State University for the exhibit Letters to Home: World War II Letters to Southeast Missouri. Featuring the work of second-year historic preservation student Katie Lewis, the exhibit displays World War II letters that were sent from soldiers to their friends and family in the southeast Missouri region, including letters from the Vandivort Family Papers archived at SHSMO's Cape Girardeau Research Center.

Wild Life

Marlin Perkins: Wild Life

December 2018 – December 2019

St. Louis Research Center

Missouri native Marlin Perkins lived a truly wild life. In addition to serving as the director of the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago and then the St. Louis Zoo, Perkins also hosted two popular television programs—Zoo Parade (1949–1957) and the award-winning Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom, which ran for 26 seasons starting in 1961. Pulling from the more than 2,000 photographs housed in the St. Louis Research Center’s Marlin Perkins Papers, this exhibition explores some of the most legendary, dangerous, funny, and touching moments of Perkins’s life as they were captured on camera and in writing. With over 40 photographs, hand-written documents, and a few surprises, the exhibit highlights Perkins’s contributions to wildlife conservation through his work at the zoo, on television, and in the wild.

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