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Cape Central High Photos

Ken Steinhoff, Cape Girardeau Central High School Class of 1965, was a photographer for The Tiger and The Girardot, and was on the staff of The Capaha Arrow and The Sagamore at Southeast Missouri State University. He worked as a photographer / reporter (among other things) at The Jackson Pioneer and The Southeast Missourian.

Come here to see photos and read stories (mostly true) about coming of age in Southeast Missouri in the 1960s.

Please comment on the articles when you see I have left out a bit of history, forgotten a name or when your memory of a circumstance conflicts with mine. (My mother says her stories have improved now that more and more of the folks who could contradict her have died off.) Your information helps to make this a wonderful archive and may end up in book form.


Pride Goeth Before a Bird Cage

Having my photos exhibited at the Lutheran Heritage Cultural Center and Museum and speaking at the Immigration Conference in Altenburg and a DAR meeting in Cape is heady stuff for a newspaper photographer. Every time I start thinking I’m going to have to go out and buy a bigger hat, I return to my roots.

I’ve had days when I shot a photo I really liked: it captured the essence of a moment or the soul of the subject. I’d pull back and bask in that proud moment when I are sure that I have produced something of lasting value.

Then, I’d go to the first assignment the next day and see my photo staring up from the bottom of a bird cage or spread out on the floor for a dog’s duty.

That goes a long way toward keeping you humble.

Show ends November 9

Carla Jordan and her staff tell me that a fair number of my readers have made the pretty drive to Altenburg. For any of you who have been putting it off, better saddle up. The show is coming down November 9 or thereabouts to make way for the annual Christmas Tree exhibit.

Friend Shari is bring some of her St. Louis friends down to see the pictures, so I’m going to hang out with them in Altenburg for awhile Saturday afternoon. I’m not exactly sure when we’re going to be there or how long we’ll be around, but you can call the museum at 573-824-6070 to see if we’ve been there yet, are there or have left.

There are two 2013 calendars, a Tower Rock Book and a catalog of the exhibit photos on sale in the gift shop. (They will also do mail order.) Here is more information about how you can obtain the publications. There are also a limited number of prints available.

Photo gallery of exhibit pictures

Click on any photo to make it larger, then click on the left or right side of the image to move through the gallery gallery.

6 comments to Pride Goeth Before a Bird Cage

  • I hate it when the photos show up blue! What causes that??
    JD is sick, so we won’t be able to go for a drive today. Maybe next time.
    We always love your self-deprecating humor, Ken!

    • Tempus is fugiting, so don’t wait too long.

      I try not to shoot off-color photos, so I’m not sure why you’re seeing them as blue. If anything, because of the mixture of lights in the museum, some of the reds are a little too warm.

  • Ken, thank you for everything. Our visitation is up +1,200 since last yr.-your exhibit has been a significant factor in that increase. It will be sad to take it down.

  • Ken, I had an appointment in Perryville on Friday, so I took old 61 back to Cape and drove to Altenberg to see your exhibit. I enjoyed drive and the Museum was a treat. You have a special talent for capturing people on film. Kudos, a great exhibit, would have loved to have seen even more photos!

    • Thanks for stopping in. There were more photos up than I thought when I first saw it. I don’t have the actual count here, but I was surprised.

      Anyway, we didn’t fire all our guns. There’s a good chance you’ll see more pix either in Altenburg or some other venues in SE Missouri some time in the near future.

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