Governor Appoints Southeast Faculty Member to Missouri Advisory Council on Historic Preservation



Sept. 12, 2003 – Missouri Gov. Bob Holden this week appointed Dr. Bonnie Stepenoff, professor of history at Southeast Missouri State University, to the Missouri Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.

Stepenoff says she looks forward to the chance to represent Southeast Missouri on the board.

“This position will allow me to become involved in historic preservation at the statewide level.  It will provide me with the opportunity to have a voice about preservation planning for Missouri’s future,” she said.

Stepenoff is replacing Jeannine Cook, whose term expired.

The purpose of the Missouri Advisory Council on Historic Preservation is to review the National Register of Historic Places nominations, review and advise on the state’s Historic Preservation Plan and provide guidance and advice to the State Historic Preservation Officer.  This 12-member governor-appointed board is comprised of architects, historians, archeologists and interested laypersons.

Stepenoff was recently promoted to full professor, having taught at Southeast since 1993.  She served as director of the Historic Preservation Program at Southeast from 1995 to 2003.  During that time, she led the University’s Annual Historic Preservation Field School in Ste. Genevieve, Mo., which gives students the opportunity to conduct hands-on historical research, documentation and preservation.  She resigned the position in July, in order to teach full time.

Involved in historic preservation since 1984, Stepenoff currently serves as treasurer of the National Council for Preservation Education.  She is a member of Sigma Pi Kappa, a Historic Preservation National Honor Society.  In

May 2000, she received the Honors Award for Outstanding Scholarship from Southeast’s College of Liberal Arts.  She also has received a variety of grants to research Missouri Bootheel regional issues such as the survival of farm laborers and deforestation. Stepenoff has published two books, as well as numerous articles, book reviews and public history reports – including her recently published report on the Big Spring Historic District.

Stepenoff earned a doctoral degree in American history from the University of Missouri-Columbia (UMC).  She also received a master of arts degree in history and a master of library science degree from UMC.  She earned a bachelor’s degree at Ohio State University in Columbus.