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HERITAGE HALLThe Oliver Family: Reflections On A Legacy

THE KELLERMAN FOUNDATION WELCOMES YOU TO ITS EVENT CELEBRATING THE HISTORY OF THE MISSOURI FLAG AND OLIVER FAMILY LEGACY.

The Oliver Family was influential in Southeast Missouri during the 19th and 20th centuries. The Kellerman Foundation is fortunate to have several large collections of their memorabilia, personal artifacts, private correspondence, personal and business library, and furnishings. The collection was given by direct descendants and Oliver family members.

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Marie Oliver

THE KELLERMAN FOUNDATION PRESENTS THE OLIVER COLLECTION

The exhibit also contains a large collection of Marie Watkins Oliver’s private letters and papers from the process during the creation of the Missouri State Flag, which began in 1908. Her personal correspondence with her colleague Mary Kotchitski revealed some very interesting aspects of the private activities involved in creating the flag prior to the acceptance of her design on March 22,1913.

Marie Watkins Oliver was also State Regent for the Daughters of the American Revolution, and her personal items from those experiences are contained in the exhibit.

The Oliver Family: Reflections on a Legacy allows a rare look into the personal life and activities of a prominent Cape Girardeau family in the 19th century.

Past Exhibits

Erlbacher Exhibit

2021

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The Missouri Barge Line: An Erlbacher Legacy on the River showcases many of the stories from this fascinating legacy into a single historical timeline for the first time.

Museums on Main Street

2020

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This blurb will highlight the Museums On Main Street: WaterWays exhibit.

Kellerman Foundation

2019

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An exhibit of items owned by private collectors, including art, antique crystal, coins and local memorabilia, porcelain pitchers and teapots, and local history related items. This exhibit was on display through March 1, 2020.

Dr. Frank Nickell

2019

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Dr. Frank Nickell contributed much to the community of Southeast Missouri over the course of his career at Southeast Missouri State University. The foundation displayed select pieces from his archive.

Missouri Courthouses

2019

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The exhibit consisted of over 30 photos of courthouses throughout Missouri, with a brief history of each one. It displayed the unique history of a number of Missouri’s courthouses.

Rusty Newton

2018

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Local artist Rusty Newton presented her “Just Believe” exhibit, a Santa painting extravaganza. The exhibit opened on Dec. 1, 2018 and ran through Jan. 1, 2019.

M. Charles Rhinehart

2018

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The visionary works of M. Charles Rhinehart are collected nationally and internationally. Several of his paintings were presented at the foundation for the first time, honoring his long career.

Kraft Exhibit

2018

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Through memorabilia and artifacts acquired from their family, friends and Southeast Missouri State University, attendees glimpsed into their service to this country, work history, extensive travels, and love of animals.