Hoffman Discussing Homes as ‘More Than Shelter’ in Catapult After Hours Series


The After Hours: Conversations on Art and Culture series will continue on Thursday, Dec. 12, with a lecture titled “More Than Shelter: How Culture and Tradition Influence Our Built Environment.”

Dr. Steven Hoffman, professor of history and coordinator of the Historic Preservation program at Southeast Missouri State University, will discuss how homes are more than just shelter from the elements.  The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Catapult Creative House in downtown Cape Girardeau and will continue this semester’s topic, “Keeping it Close to Home: A Global Perspective.”

Hoffman will discuss how homes are more than just shelter from the elements. They represent an embodiment of culture, traditions and memories of home in built form. His talk will explore a variety of styles of American architecture that represent the continuation of these traditions of home as expressed by immigrant groups settling in a new environment.

This semester’s topic, “Keeping it Close to Home: A Global Perspective,” reminds participants that regardless of where they live or what they do, they carry with them their culture, their traditions and their memories of home. These inspire them and shape how they are, whether they are aware of it or not. This series of lectures/presentations will address how creatives channel their definition of home into their work.

Visitors are welcome to tour the entire Catapult facilities, including the Southeast Missouri State University Department of Art and Design students’ studios upstairs, as well as the Catapult Creative Shoppe, which features student work and local business products.

Hoffman teaches classes in historic preservation, American architectural history, urban design and African American history. His publications include “Race, Class and Power in the Building of Richmond, 1870-1920,” several National Register of Historic Places nominations and articles on southern urban history. He earned a master’s degree in heritage preservation from Georgia State University, and a doctorate in history from Carnegie Mellon University.

Catapult Creative House is located at 612 Broadway in downtown Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. All gallery exhibitions, events and talks are free and open to the public. For more information contact Leah Powers at lepowers@semo.edu or call (573) 290-5372.