Hamblins Presented ‘Excellence in Historic Preservation’ Award

Photo of Robert Hamblin

Dr. Robert Hamblin (pictured) and his wife Kaye were awarded the Excellence in Historic Preservation Award by Sigma Pi Kappa, the international honor society for historic preservation.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

April 20, 2007 – Dr. Robert and Kaye Hamblin of Cape Girardeau were awarded the Excellence in Historic Preservation Award by Sigma Pi Kappa, the international honor society for historic preservation, at the Historic Preservation Association’s Spring Banquet April 21 in Academic Hall at Southeast Missouri State University.

The Hamblins received this award for their extensive historic preservation efforts in the rehabilitation of the Harrison House at 313 Themis Street in Cape Girardeau. The Hamblins first glimpsed the Harrison House after a “Tunes at Twilight” concert in 2003. They immediately fell in love with the house, said Dr. Stephen Hoffman, director of the Historic Preservation Program, and bought it when it became available on the market.

Dr. Robert Hamblin said that after three years of rehabilitation, the Harrison House has now been restored.         

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

The purpose of Sigma Pi Kappa is to recognize high achievement in academic and professional studies through research. The organization encourages and stimulates its members to produce scholarship, providing and promoting leadership and fostering 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.