Historical groups seek useful partnership

Monday, February 17, 2003

Cape Girardeau County area residents are proud of their rich history. Because of their work, all of us can have an accurate picture of what this area was like decades or even centuries ago.

Some members of historical societies wisely have determined that they can do even more work as partners. As a result, a few local historians sent invitations to 40 groups, from cemetery associations to archivists, seeking to form one alliance of all historical groups.

Around 20 of them responded, meeting last week at Southeast Missouri State University to discuss the possibility of cooperating.

One of the leading proponents is Barbara Port, who is involved with the Cape River Heritage Museum, May Greene Garden, Downtown Neighborhood Association, Old Town Cape and the city's historic preservation commission.

At its first meeting, representatives from a variety of history-oriented organizations worked to develop a master calendar of upcoming events and activities so that groups could avoid competing with each other.

That is a good start. We wish the Cape Girardeau County Historical Alliance success in its endeavor.

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