New Missouri State Manual to Feature Essay by Southeast History Professor

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Oct. 26, 2005 – An essay by a professor of history at Southeast Missouri State University will be featured in the new 2005-2006 Official Manual of the State of Missouri to be unveiled at a ceremony Nov. 9 in Jefferson City, Mo.

Dr. Bonnie Stepenoff, professor of history at Southeast, says her essay, “Conscience of the People: Progressivism and the 1904 Election,” will be featured in the manual to be published by the Office of the Secretary of State. The manual is required by statute to be published biennially.

The unveiling of the new manual is planned for 10 a.m. in the Capitol Rotunda.

Stepenoff holds a bachelor of arts degree in history from Ohio State University and master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Missouri.

Though her graduate training is in “traditional” history, she has 15 years experience working in the historic preservation field. From 1976 to 1984, she worked for the State Historical Society in Columbia and from 1984-1991 for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources Historic Sites Program in Jefferson City. 

At Southeast, Stepenoff teaches “Techniques of Research in Local History,” “Archives,” “Women’s History,” “Oral History” and “Labor History.” She was coordinator of Southeast’s Historic Preservation Program from 1995-2003.

Her second book, Thad Snow: A Life of Social Reform in the Missouri Bootheel, was published in fall 2003 by the University of Missouri Press. In 1999, she published her first book, Their Fathers’ Daughters: Silk Mill Workers in Northeastern Pennsylvania (Susquehanna University Press). She has written a chapter entitled “Family Ties and Labor Activism” for the anthology, Rebellious Families: From Household Strategies to Collective Action (International Institute of Social History, 2002).  Her essays appear in two new books,  Missouri Women: In Search of Power and Influence (2004)  and The Other Missouri History (2005), both published by the University of Missouri Press. Over the years, she has published numerous articles in Labor History, Labor’s Heritage, Missouri Historical Review, Pennsylvania History, Gateway Heritage, Red River Valley Historical Journal, and other journals. 

In March 2002, she presented a paper entitled “I’m a Johnny Mitchell Man: Gender and Labor Protest in the Pennsylvania Hard Coal Uprising, 1900-1902” at the European Social Science History Conference in The Hague, Netherlands. This essay will appear in an anthology entitled Mining Women, which is forthcoming from Palgrave/Macmillan in 2006.

In fall 2002, she participated in a National Park Service Sabbatical in the Parks Program, spending part of the semester at Van Buren, Missouri, in the Ozark National Scenic Riverways. Her sabbatical project was a cultural landscape report on Big Spring Historic District, which was published by the National Park Service in spring 2003. She presented a paper, based on this experience, at the Fourth National Forum on Historic Preservation Practice at Goucher College in Maryland in March 2004. This paper will be published in a forthcoming volume on Cultural Landscapes and Historic Preservation.

Stepenoff served for six years on the Missouri Historical Records Advisory Board. In 2003, Gov. Bob Holden appointed her to the Missouri Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. In 2004, she was elected to the Board of Trustees of the State Historical Society of Missouri, and in 2005 she was appointed to the editorial board of the Missouri Historical Review.