Brenda Schloss Named Honorary Member of Historic Preservation Society

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 22, 2005 ᾰ Brenda Schloss of Cape Girardeau, senior planning technician with the City of Cape Girardeau, recently was named an honorary member of Southeast Missouri State University’s chapter of Sigma Pi Kappa, the international honor society for historic preservation students, faculty and distinguished individuals.

Schloss received the honor at the Historic Preservation Commission meeting at the Cape Girardeau City Council Chambers in City Hall April 20.  

Members of Sigma Pi Kappa nominate members of the community, active in historic preservation, as honorary members of the historic preservation honor society.  This year, the society nominated Schloss to receive the award because of her extensive activity in the field of historic preservation.

Since becoming a city employee 15 years ago, Schloss has contributed greatly to historic preservation within the community.  She has served as the liaison for the city with the Historic Preservation Commission since it was established.  She has played an instrumental role in many historic preservation projects, including helping to create a Historic Preservation Master Plan, Historic Preservation Design Guidelines and Historic Preservation Coloring Book; administer a grant for the James Reynolds House; and preparing the national register nomination of Old Lorimer Cemetery. She promotes historic preservation within the community by educating the public on Cape Girardeau’s Local Landmarks program, Cape’s Original Treasures Program, National Register of Historic Places, rehabilitation tax credits and preservation and revitalization of the downtown district.  She played an instrumental role in helping to establish the Red House Interpretive Center and helping promote the history of Cape Girardeau. 

Sigma Pi Kappa was founded on May 4, 1991, by faculty in the Master of Historic Preservation program in the School of Environmental Design at the University of Georgia.  The Epsilon Chapter of Southeast Missouri State University was established in March 1996 and was the first chapter in the nation to include undergraduate as well as graduate members.

The purpose of Sigma Pi Kappa and its chapters are to recognize high achievement in academic and professional studies in research by conferring distinction through election to its membership, encourage and stimulate scholarship, provide and promote leadership and foster interest and accomplishment in the profession of historic preservation. 

For more information, contact Dr. Steven Hoffman at (573) 651-2808 or e-mail shoffman@semo.edu.