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Cape Girardeau in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

The Red House Interpretive Center

 
 
The Red House Interpretive Center Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 12, 2012
1. The Red House Interpretive Center Marker
Inscription. The Red House Interpretive Center, under construction from 2002-2004, is a cooperative effort of the Cape Girardeau Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission and the City of Cape Girardeau. The project was funded in part through grants from the Missouri Department of Transportation and the Missouri Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission. Over 200 individuals, businesses, and civic clubs donated money, labor, and materials to complete the project.

Integrating the architectural style of the French colonial era in the Mississippi Valley with modern climate control, lighting, and state-of-the-art exhibits, The Red House Interpretive Center demonstrates life-ways of Native Americans, French colonists, African Americans and early American settlers in the Illinois country and southeast Missouri.

Historic events such as the Louisiana Purchase and the Lewis and Clark Expedition provide topic for interpretation. Other topics include the role of the Mississippi River, other regional streams, ad early roads and trails. They served as arteries for the import of necessary goods and the export of agricultural products, as well as for personal transportation.

To the rear of the property the mural on the flood wall depicts the Mississippi River as it may have appeared around 1800. A period garden north of the center
William Clark and Meriwether Lewis image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 12, 2012
2. William Clark and Meriwether Lewis
Lewis and Clark portraits reproduced courtesy of Independence National Historical Park
features herbs, vegetables, flowers, and native plants. To the south a grape arbor provides a shaded area for interpretive activities and gatherings.
 
Location. 37° 18.052′ N, 89° 31.125′ W. Marker is in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, in Cape Girardeau County. Marker is on South Main Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 128 South Main Street, Cape Girardeau MO 63701, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. George Drouillard ( here, next to this marker); The Red House ( here, next to this marker); The Lewis and Clark Expedition Across Missouri ( a few steps from this marker); Old St. Vincent's Church ( within shouting distance of this marker); Cape La Croix Creek ( within shouting distance of this marker); Don Louis Lorimier / El Camino Real ( about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Champion Beech Tree ( approx. mile away); Telephone Service ( approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cape Girardeau.
 
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Slave Auction (Used by permission, State Historical Society of Missouri, Columbia) image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 12, 2012
3. Slave Auction (Used by permission, State Historical Society of Missouri, Columbia)
Osage Warriors by George Catlin (Used by permission, State Historical Society of Missouri, Columbia) image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 12, 2012
4. Osage Warriors by George Catlin (Used by permission, State Historical Society of Missouri, Columbia)
The Red House Interpretive Center Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 12, 2012
5. The Red House Interpretive Center Marker
This marker is located in the middle of the three markers.
Grape Arbor image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 12, 2012
6. Grape Arbor
To the south a grape arbor provides a shaded area for interpretive activities and gatherings.
The Red House Interpretive Center Garden image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 12, 2012
7. The Red House Interpretive Center Garden
A period garden north of the center features herbs, vegetables, flowers, and native plants.
flood wall depicts the Mississippi River as it may have appeared around 1800 image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 12, 2012
8. flood wall depicts the Mississippi River as it may have appeared around 1800
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 23, 2012, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 337 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on August 23, 2012, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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