Editor’s note: due to inaccuracies in the related article to this event, printed in this week’s Banner Press, The Marble Hill Constitution-News has decided to re-print a user submitted “speak out” article by someone who attended the event and actually listened to the speaker.


Posted by Enemy of the State on Sat, Aug 27, 2011, at  7:15 PM:

Civil War Historian, Glen S. Bishop, spoke to an packed crowd that overlfowed out into the hallway, at the Bollinger County Museum, in Marble Hill.

Bishop, dressed, in a Union uniform, presented a nearly hour and a half well informed presentation on the famous Bushwackers who operated in Bollinger County during the Civil War.

Much of Mr. Bishop’s talk focused on a hero of mine, Sam Hilerbrand, and a Bollinger patriot of great renown, Pete Smith, also, a man worthy of admiration for his service to the southern families of southeast Missouri.

I would like to thank Pat Welker and everyone associated with the Bollinger County Museum of Natural History for this excellent presentation.  This was my first time to visit the museum, but it won’t be the last.  Their dinosaur exhibit is fascinating.  In one room, they encourage you to touch replicas of actual dinosaur teeth, and claws.  What a feeling to touch something that existed 150 million years ago.

Then, upstairs in the museum, is the display of a HUGE dinosaur that was found in Missouri.  What struck me was the eerie realistic eye of the dinosaur which you would swear was looking at you.  One of the bones of the actual dinosaur is on exhibit at the Bollinger County Museum.  I felt sympathy for the dinosaur, she was so realistic, and awe inspiring in the display.

Area notables were in attendance at Glen S. Bishop’s lecture on Saturday.  They include KFVS Television star, Mike Shain, looking jaunty in shorts. I had never seen Mike out of business dress, or, a suit, so it took me a minute to realize that it was him.

Mobushwacker, author of the mobushwacker blog, featured on the SeMissourian website as blogging FROM THE FOOTHILLS, on twitter… http://twitter.com/#!/mobushwhacker, and who is a contributing poster to the blogs and opinion pages on the semissourian website.  He has done much to contribute to the understanding of southern heritage in southeast Missouri, and is extremely knowledgeable about the 1861-1865 period in Missouri.

As for the Bollinger County Museum of Natural History, with it’s civil war firearms display, fossils, coral that was extracted from a Missouri quarry that was formed when Missouri covered by a sea, Dinosaurs, black and Grizzly bears, and antique crystal radios, it is well wroth the short drive from Cape Girardeau, Jackson, Perryville, Sikeston, or, Poplar Bluff to see this excellent museum and it’s fine exhibits.

Here is the info from their facebook page.

See the official Missouri dinosaur story and life size model of Missouri dinosaur, Hypsibema missouriense, Will Mayfield College history, Native American artifacts, local Civil War collection, fossils from Missouri and the world, and many other items of interest.


207 Mayfield Drive, Marble Hill, MO 63764

Phone 573/238-1174

Website   http://www.bcmnh.org

Hours Thurs – Sat:  12:00 pm – 4:30 pm

email… bcmnh@sbcglobal.net


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I am just an average blue collar American who works hard and tries to be a good dad. I have a passion for history, music and freedom.

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