Southeast to be Honored as it Hosts Missouri Preservation Conference

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The former St. Vincent’s College and Seminary is now part of the River Campus.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 12, 2015 – Southeast Missouri State University will be honored for its historic preservation efforts at the Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation’s Legacy Awards on Thursday, Oct. 22.

The Legacy Awards banquet at 6 p.m. at Ray’s Banquet Center will recognize the outstanding achievements by individuals, organizations and projects which have illustrated best practices in historic preservation. Southeast will be honored for its restoration of Academic Hall and renovations at the River Campus.

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After two years of extensive work and $23.9 million in refurbishment and restoration, the doors of the newly renovated Academic Hall, the centerpiece of Southeast Missouri State University, reopened in October 2013.

Retired Southeast emeriti faculty members, Dr. Frank Nickell and Drs. Mary Ann and Bert Kellerman, also will receive recognition.

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Dr. Frank Nickell

Nickell, associate professor emeritus of history and former director of the Center for Regional History at Southeast, will be honored for his many years of leadership at the local and academic level through teaching, public involvement and fostering an interest in regional history. He is currently director of the State Historical Society of Missouri’s Cape Girardeau Research Center and host of “Almost Yesterday” on KRCU Public Radio (90.9/88.9 FM).

Dr. Mary Ann Kellerman, professor emerita of human environmental studies, and Dr. Bert Kellerman, professor emeritus of management and marketing, former chair of the Department of Management and Marketing , and associate dean emeritus of the Donald L. Harrison College of Business, will be recognized for their leadership in fostering a preservation ethic in southeast Missouri. The Kellermans are the founders of and currently serve on The Kellerman Foundation.

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Dr. Bert Kellerman

Other awardees include The Glenn House Museum, The Southeast Missourian and Old Town Cape.

Tickets to the Legacy Awards dinner are $30 and may be purchased by contacting Old Town Cape, located at 418 Broadway, by calling (573) 334-8085 or the Kellerman Foundation, located at 102 North Main Street, by calling (573) 587-3295.

In conjunction with the awards, Southeast is hosting this year’s Missouri Preservation Conference, a statewide education opportunity for those interested in historic preservation, Oct. 21-23.

This year’s theme is “The Past and the Future of Preservation,” looking at the history and advancement of historic preservation.

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Dr. Mary Ann Kellerman

The conference is free and open to the general public, faculty, staff and students, and will take place on the fourth  floor of Southeast’s University Center, at the corner of Henderson and Normal. Events include more than 30 educational sessions, tours of historic places, networking events, and a trade show featuring architects and consultants, contractors, building supply manufacturers and dealers.

A keynote address by the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Executive Vice President and Chief Preservation Officer David Brown will be on Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 10:15 a.m. in the University’s Academic Hall Auditorium.

To register, visit or For more information or to register by phone, contact The Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation at (660) 882-5946.