Iconic dome at Southeast seeing tours again

Iconic dome at Southeast seeing tours again

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - The newly remodeled dome on top of Academic Hall at Southeast Missouri State University is seeing tours once again.

So if you weren't able to put your name in it earlier, you can now.

The dome was completed in 1906, and was shut down for many years recently due to its age.

"Academic was the first domed building in the State of Missouri and others buildings were patterned after it including the Capitol building," SEMO Assistant Registrar Julie Grueneberg said.

"So people are fascinated by it and even though the dome was closed for many many years, as you can see by the graffiti, people found their way up here."

Several years ago, they remodeled it. Not just the dome, but the floor and rooms beneath it.

Now that the dome has been renovated, public tours started back up.

And hundreds showed up Saturday to get a glimpse.

As you walk around inside the dome, you see thousands and thousands of signatures and names.

Many say, there is a story behind every one of those names which helps give this dome its historical significance.

"There's a lot of history here," Mark Peel said. "When you go back as many years what we did, there's a lot of folks that they stepped out on that ledge a little bit. Just literally to come up here to write their name and be a part of this University."

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