Courtesy of Cape Girardeau County History Center
By Jonas Weir
The building on the corner of High and Main Streets in Jackson has always been important. Since 1895, a variety of businesses and organizations have inhabited the storefront: a dry goods store, a bridal shop, and now the new history center for the Cape Girardeau County Historical Society.
“This building is a treasured, cherished thing here,” says Carla Jordan, the historical society’s director.
It’s fitting, then, that the history center at 102 S. High Street pays tribute to the county’s storied past with rotating exhibits that explore different topics and one static exhibit dedicated to Shelby and Mildred Brown, whose donations funded the center.
Aside from the exhibits, the members of the historical society hope to host classes, book signings, and national traveling exhibits, so the center is more than a museum. Carla certainly has high hopes for the center.
With Jackson’s location near both Cape and Perry Counties, she thinks the center will attract people to both areas.
“This is the missing link,” she says.
Starting June 15, the center will host an exhibit on tools and hardware history in Cape Girardeau County.
“The whole community is over the moon that we’re here,” Carla says. “I already have a full staff of volunteers to keep this place open.”