All posts of Mia Pohlman

Preserving History

Who defines “history,” and how are women writing it?   In high school, I remember it in our history textbooks: a box in each unit dedicated to highlighting a woman and her contributions to history. One box per unit. That was all. The major players throughout the rest of the pages were mostly men; it […]

Canning Green Beans With Shirley Buchheit

Preservation is an act of hope. It is an act of strength and will. It is an act of organization, good planning and looking to the future. Here, Shirley Buchheit from Apple Creek, Missouri, teaches us how to can green beans, a traditionally female activity we want to pass on and preserve. We hope her […]

Drying Flowers with Christy Russell

Preservation is an act of hope. It is an act of strength and will. It is an act of organization, good planning and looking to the future. Here, Christy Russell from Jackson teaches us how to dry flowers, a traditionally female activity we want to pass on and preserve. We hope her dedication to craft […]

Making Jam With Lisa Lewis

Preservation is an act of hope. It is an act of strength and will. It is an act of organization, good planning and looking to the future. Here, Lisa Lewis from Morley, Missouri, teaches us how to make jelly, a traditionally female activity we want to pass on and preserve. We hope her dedication to […]

5 Books to Read

Looking for a good story? Here are five of my favorites, all written by intelligent women with heart. Happy summer reading. xox, Mia   The House on Mango Street, by Sandra Cisneros This book is told in a series of vignettes from the perspective of Esperanza, an adolescent living in inner-city Chicago. The reader must […]

A Good Story

Why do stories matter? I will tell you something about stories, [he said] They aren’t just entertainment. Don’t be fooled. They’re all we have, you see. all we have to fight off illness and death.   You don’t have anything if you don’t have the stories.   — from “Ceremony,” by Leslie Marmon Silko   […]

Hear a Good Story

These places might have one for you. Southeast Missouri Genealogy Research Rooms and Societies: Do some research on the stories of your ancestors or of the Southeast Missouri region at the River Heritage Museum research room in Cape Girardeau, the Kirby Genealogy Room at the Cape Girardeau Public Library or the Perry County Genealogical Research […]

Tell A Story

Looking for a place to tell your story? Here are a few venues to consider: -Cape Girardeau Public Library Open Mic Night: Bring your songs, poetry and/or comedy to a welcoming and receptive audience at the Cape Girardeau Public Library from 6 to 9 p.m. the first Friday of each month. Stay to listen, too. […]

Connect Nationally

Get involved with these projects across the U.S. working to tell, record and listen to stories from people of all perspectives and experiences. Story Corps, storycorps.org: StoryCorps documents the stories of people from across the nation, through recording meaningful conversations with people from all backgrounds. These recordings are archived at the Library of Congress. It […]

5 Places to Go

It’s spring — get out and explore Southeast Missouri and beyond. Here are a few gems I’ve discovered throughout this beautiful region we get to call home:   The Mudcat Coffee House in Oak Ridge, Missouri The 1911 building that is home to this restaurant-coffee shop was once a hardware store and is complete with […]