Almost Yesterday

Almost Yesterday is a glimpse into the rich history of our region. Dr. Frank Nickell takes listeners on a journey to specific moments in time, such as the first radio broadcast on KFVS, the history of Farmington’s Carleton College, and the short-lived safari on a Mississippi River island. A gifted storyteller and local historian, Dr. Nickell’s wit and love for the past are combined with sounds and music that augment his narrative.

On Saturday, June 7, 2008, Almost Yesterday received First Place in the "Special Programs" category at the Missouri Broadcasters Association Awards Banquet in Kansas City, Missouri.

Almost Yesterday airs every Wednesday at 7:31 a.m. and 5:18 p.m.

Local support for Almost Yesterday is provided by Hutson's Fine Furniture & Mattress in downtown Cape Girardeau.

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The Wednesday Club

Oct 16, 2012
Southeast Missouri State University

It seems like Almost Yesterday that the Wednesday Club of Cape Girardeau dissolved after 100 years of service to the community.

The Wednesday Club began in 1902 as a cultural organization for women. In the beginning they studied and discussed literature, culture, and public policy issues but quickly changed the focus to civic improvement. It became a who's who organization of women in and around Cape Girardeau - not only for who they were but for what they did, what they wanted, and what they imagined.

Southeast Missouri State University

It seems like Almost Yesterday that Joseph Dixon of Ste. Genevieve, Missouri was freed from slavery.

It is unknown how this resident of Ste. Genevieve obtained his freedom, but the letter bringing him that status identified him as a 23 year old freeman of color.

Southeast Missouri State University

It seems like Almost Yesterday that a growing national fad streaked through Cape Girardeau, Missouri. The craze was simply called "streaking."

Southeast Missouri State University

It seems like almost yesterday that the steamboat the "The Stonewall" burned and sank just south of Neely's Landing, Missouri. It was October 27, 1869 and the sidewheeler "The Stonewall" was travelling south on the Mississippi with tons of cargo -- about 300 passengers, 200 head of livestock -- bound for Cape Girardeau, Memphis and New Orleans.

Big Red

Oct 16, 2012
Big Red
Southeast Missouri State University

It seems like almost yesterday that “Big Red” made its last run on the Frisco Railroad Line from St. Louis to Memphis, Tennessee. In September of 1965 the Frisco was ending passenger service on this line.

The interstate highways, air conditioned automobiles, and other social changes led to a decline in passengers and the Frisco saw no other choice.

Early in the day of September 17, 1965, engine number 807, known on the line as “Big Red,” pulled out of Union Station in downtown St. Louis and headed south – on its final run.

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