Living Outside the Stacks

Navigating through life away from the library


Visit Cape Instagram Takeover

Instagram Takeover of @VisitCape by @4daenelt {Living Outside the Stacks} #visitcape

You guys, I’ve been almost at the bursting point with excitement for the last few weeks and now I’m finally able to share…

I’ve been invited by the Cape Girardeau Visitor’s Bureau to participate in an Instagram Takeover!  An Instagram Takeover is basically where I sign in to Instagram as @visitcape and post pictures from their account for a designated period of time. How cool is that?

Since moving to Southeast Missouri, The Hubs and I have been totally enamored of the area. We enjoying strolling down the River Walk, window shopping at the various antique stores, and sitting along the mighty Mississippi River with coffee in hand… I’d been tagging my Instagram pictures with the hashtag #visitcape as a way to connect with the community and learn more about the area and it worked! I’ve made some wonderful friends, shopped in sweet locally owned stores, and discovered so much about the history of the area. Anyway, I look forward to sharing my view of Cape Girardeau with the Visit Cape community and connecting with more people.

Have you ever participated in an Instagram Takeover? If you could, who’s account would you want to takeover? Or who would you like to have takeover your account?

If you’re on Instagram, make sure you follow @visitcape and the hashtag #visitcape!

Daenel T


Old St. Vincent’s Catholic Church

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, some of my best adventures happen by chance…

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This past Saturday, The Hubs and I were out for a drive when we noticed a sign in front of Old St. Vincent’s Catholic Church that read “Open for Tours”. I’ve been dying to go inside pretty much since we moved here {I have mad love for gothic style buildings, old homes, and cathedrals/churches}. So, yay for the signage! We went inside and were treated to a tour and a bit of a history lesson.

The first St. Vincent’s Church was constructed in 1838 and destroyed by a tornado in 1850. The existing building was built a year later, using stone from the original building for its foundation.

The church was declared a Chapel of Ease in 1977 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. The church is used for services on Sundays and for cultural events the rest of the time.

The chapel is also one of five consecrated churches in the U.S. as it houses relics from four saints.

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The altar

Close up of the scroll work on the barrier that divides the sanctuary from the altar.

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House for the Spirit of Jesus

This container is over a hundred years old and still works! It’s opened with a key and each section opens separately.

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The altar with a 3D sculpture of The Last Supper

Do you see the windows to the left and the right? An interesting story about those: the sisters would enter the door on the right and watch services through the windows. They weren’t covered over the way they are now; material was added to muffle the sounds of machinery that’s now encased in the wall.To the right is where slaves used to sit to watch services. In Missouri, slave owners were required to have their slaves attend services.

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Old St Vincent's  {Living Outside the Stacks} #SoutheastMissouri #SEMO #VisitCape

Sanctuary with a view of the organ in the balcony

The church is built in the shape of a cross, with the stations of the crucifixion posted on the walls. When the church was built, people were illiterate, so they used statues and paintings to depict biblical events so people could look at them and see the story for themselves.

Beautiful, right?

Do you go on historic tours? What are your favorite places to visit?

To learn more about Old St. Vincent’s Catholic Church, click here.

Daenel T


Ten Things I Love About Fall {In the Cafe}

Things I Love About Fall {Living Outside the Stacks}

10. Hot apple cider

9. Autumn displays ~ Missouri and Pennsylvania have the most beautiful Fall weather, from the falling leaves to the deep blue skies, nothing is more indicative of the hand of God at work.

8. Heated seats ~ A warm bum. Need I say more?

7. Return to school ~ I enjoy the arrival of the students back on campus. After a quiet summer, the buzz of student activity is refreshing.

6. Boots and socks ~ Can you think of a better cool weather fashion statement for the feet?

5. My favorite TV shows ~ The Walking Dead has given my television viewing new, ahem, life.

4. Big ol’ bowls of soup ~ Have you checked out my Pinterest board? I plan to add every one of those chowders, soups, and stews to the rotation.

3. Comfy sweater ~ It may be because I’m a librarian or because I’m cold blooded, but there’s little better than wrapping up in a cozy sweater.

2. Saturated colors ~ I love the deep rich colors that become so prevalent as the weather grows cooler.

1. Coffee ~ I big puffy heart coffee just about any time but sitting on the front porch with the hubs chatting over a cup of coffee makes my life.

Are you Fall person? What do you love about Fall?

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