NEWS FROM THE
New County Archivist Selected
A big CONGRATULATIONS to Steve Pledger, who was selected to be the next Cape Girardeau County Archivist, to replace the retiring Jane Jackson. Steve has served as Assistant Archivist for several years, and is very sympathetic to genealogists. His specialty is military records, but he has vast experience in all of our local records. Drew Blattner has been hired as Assistant Archivist, and is also active in researching his family history. My discussions with Steve have indicated he is supportive of our meeting at the Archive Center for our bi-monthly meetings. This will allow local members and visiting members to use the library before meetings, which we used to be able to do when the Library was at Riverside.
Change in Meeting Place
I thank those few of you who took the time and trouble to fill out the survey form that came with the last Collage. As a result of this survey, we are having our next meeting at the Archive Center, and will be looking into meeting there for future meetings, provided the new Archivist agrees and is gracious enough to allow us to meet there. This will allow local and visiting members to use the library before the meeting, as they were able to do when we had the library at Riverside. I hope to announce more changes as a result of this survey and other research Iíve been doing on genealogical societies in an internet world
One result of all the additions we have recently made to the library is that we have much more limited shelf space in the research area of the Archive Center. We will be looking into options for giving us more shelf space. At the September meeting, the membership voted to purchase a cart for library patrons to place books onto for re-shelving. We have had problems with people putting books back on the shelves themselves, and not paying attention to the numbering scheme. The result has been inability to find books until one of the library committee members does a book check and sorts everything out. We hope that allowing one of us or the Archive Center staff to re-shelf books will prevent this.
Society's Oldest Member Dies
The Society recently lost a special lady who was undoubtedly our oldest member. Miss Paula Kempe passed away on November 21, 2007 at the age of 101. Long-time readers of The Southeast Missourian know her from her frequent letters to the editor on a variety of topics, and local historians appreciated her frequent sharing of her memories of life in Cape Girardeau during the early 1900s. Miss Kempe was definitely a local treasure.
Do you know of other news, such as reunions with local interest or new resources for local research? Let us know. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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