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Meet Our Staff!


 Steven Pledger Steven Christopher Pledger, Director

Steve is a fifth generation Cape Girardeau County resident and the first generation on his mother's side to speak English as their first language.  His mother's side hails largely from the Saxon Lutheran immigration of 1839 while most of his father's side from the south eastern states is mainly from England and the rest of the British Isles.  His Cape Girardeau and Perry County surnames include: Pledger, Higgason, Harris, Oehlert, Hemmann, Jaeger, Kutscher, Woeltje, Krause, Kregel, Frentzel, Streit, Messerli, Doberenz, Dennhardt, and Bachmann.  Steve is the chapter genealogist for the Allen Laws Oliver Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution whom he joined through his 4x great grandfather Thomas Pledger.  The portrait at right is of his 12x great grandfather Sir Thomas Wiatt who was imprisoned in the Tower of London for allegedly committing adultery with Anne Boleyn, the Queen of England.   

Sir Thomas Wyatt
  Lyle Johnston, Assistant

A resident of Jackson, Lyle is a retired United Methodist Minister with a deep interest in American history and experience in archival preservation. Lyle is a biographer of Chet Huntley of NBC News Huntley-Brinkley Report (1956-1970) and Will Rogers Jr.. Lyle has also written several town and church histories.
















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