Meet Us


Charlotte Slinkard is a native of Cape Girardeau. She received B.S. and M.A. degrees from Southeast Missouri State University. Her graduate thesis, identifying medieval pottery, led to an interest in museum studies. She was a volunteer curator at a War of 1812 Museum in Washington, DC for six years, and served two terms on the Cape Girardeau Historic Preservation Commission

Board Members

Dr. Dieter Jedan has been a member of the Cape River Heritage Museum’s  Board since 2014. He retired from Southeast Missouri State University in 2013 as Chair emeritus and Professor emeritus of the Department of Global Cultures and Anthropology. He taught at SEMO global cultures, linguistics, international studies, and foreign languages. He chaired the department since 1993, which included the foreign languages of Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish, as well as the disciplines of Anthropology, Geography, and Global Studies

Mary Koeberl Rechenberg is from the Jackson, MO area and has been a member of the board since 2013. She is a retired elementary school teacher and the author of two children’s books. She enjoys crafts and collects antiques. Visit Mary at:

Jo Duff is a longtime resident of Cape Girardeau and has been interested in local history for many years. She has served on the board of the Cape River Heritage Museum since 2006 and is the 2019/2020 vice president. Jo is continuously searching for pieces of local history to add to the museums exhibits and collections.  

Maxine Robinson Hale. Born in Cape Girardeau. Graduate of SE Mo. State Teachers college in 1958 with a BS degree in elementary education. Co owner of 5H ranch with her late husband, Dave, for many years. Really enjoys her involvement with the Cape River Heritage Museum

Trish Kell, born in Cape Girardeau. She has been involved with the museum for many, many years. Her family has an historic home Longview, which was built in 1870 by her great, great grandfather Col. George C Thilenius.

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