Our Story

Mary Ann and Bert Kellerman have been committed to and involved in preservation since 1971.

Both were professors at Southeast Missouri State University.  Dr. Mary Ann Kellerman developed the Interior Design Program at Southeast Missouri State University and taught the program for twenty-six years.

She has worked professionally as an interior designer since 1974.

Dr. Bert Kellerman was in the College of Business and served as Chair of the Marketing Department from its inception in 1976 to 1990. In 1994, he became the Associate Dean in the Harrison College of Business.

After successful careers in higher education, Mary Ann and Bert Kellerman, at the urging of neighbors, friends and colleagues, created the Kellerman Foundation for Historic Preservation as a means to leave a legacy of historic preservation for southeast Missouri.

The Kellermans have restored both commercial and residential structures in the area.  They have also received local and state awards for their preservation efforts.

In addition, Mary Ann Kellerman was a member of the committee that developed the Historic Preservation Program at Southeast Missouri State University.  Most recently, the Kellermans restored the Oliver-Leming House which was the residence of Marie Watkins-Oliver, who designed and created the Missouri State Flag.

Bert and Mary Ann were the 2014 winners of the McReynolds Award for Historic Preservation in recognition of their work on the preservation of the Oliver-Leming House in Cape Girardeau and the establishment of the Foundation.

Kellerman Foundation
Drs. Bert and Mary Ann

The Kellermans

Chairman of the Board

Dr. Frank Nickell was the assistant director of the State Historical Society of Missouri Research Center in Cape Girardeau and an emeritus faculty member of the Department of History at Southeast Missouri State University.

He has received numerous teaching and service awards, including the Missouri Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, Missouri Humanities Council Acorn Award for outstanding service, the Jonas Viles Award from the Missouri State Archives for significant contribution to the preservation of Missouri’s heritage, and in 2005, was designated as an “outstanding Missourian” by the Missouri House of Representatives.  In 2010 he was the recipient of the Southeast Missouri University “Pride Award” and recently the State Historical Society of Missouri’s “Outstanding Service Award.”

As the former director of the Center for Regional history at Southeast, Dr. Nickell edited and published approximately twenty-five books about the history of Missouri and Southeast Missouri.  Dr. Nickell was born and reared on a farm in central Illinois, graduated from Eastern Illinois University, and received his Ph. D in American History from the University of New Mexico.

Kellerman Foundation
Chairman of the Board, Dr. Frank Nickell

Timeline

The Kellermans

1971

The Kellermans bought the house on Fountain Street in Cape Girardeau, across from what would become City Hall. The house is now referred to colloquially as the Fountain House.

Klostermann Block

1992

The Kellermans were successful in acquired the old Klostermann Block building on the National Register of Historic Places in 1994 (after purchasing the building in 1992). It was one of the first major building renovations in downtown Cape Girardeau. Upon purchase, the building had no plumbing, minimal electricity, and most of its roof was gone.

Oliver-Leming House

2002

The Kellermans purchased and completely refurbished the Oliver-Leming house in Cape Girardeau. This is the place where the flag of the state of Missouri was designed and first produced. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.

Heritage Hall

2013

While the Kellerman Foundation was founded in 2012, it wasn’t until the following year that the foundation created its presence in downtown Cape Girardeau at Heritage Hall.

Board & Partners

The Kellerman Foundation is chaired by Dr. Frank Nickell, with support from Drs. Bert and Mary Ann Kellerman.

BOARD MEMBERS / Dr. Frank Nickell (Chair), Dr. Laura Hatcher, Dr. Sarah Holt, Dr. Bert Kellerman, Dr. Mary Ann Kellerman, The Honorable Stephen N. Limbaugh Jr., Dr. Arthur Mattingly, Mr. David Dickey, Mr. Mike Ponder, Mr. Daniel Statler & Ms. Nicole Thurmond.

FOUNDING PATRONS

Founding Patrons are contributors of $50,000 or more to the Kellerman Foundation.

Mr. & Mrs. Cordell and Ann Erlbacher Dombrowski
Dr. Frank Nickell
Mr. & Mrs. Robert W. and Joanne Erlbacher

FOUNDING BENEFACTORS

Founding Benefactors are contributors of $5,000 or more to the Kellerman Foundation.

First State Community Bank
Isle Casino, Cape Girardeau
Ms. Debi Oliver
Mr. Jack Oliver
Ms. Rosemary Oliver
Mr. Jesse Francis
Mr. Jack Luer
Longshadow Planters
Mr. Robert Bointnott

FOUNDING PARTNERS

Founding Partners are contributors of $1,000 or more to the Kellerman Foundation.

FOUNDING PARTNERS

Mr. & Mrs. James Allen
The Bank of Missouri
Mr. and Mrs. Robert and Jane Clark
Celebrations/DeWayne & April Schaaf
Ms. Sandra Croyle
Mr. David Dickey
Ms. Linda Farrow
Mr. & Mrs. David and Mindy Foster Golliher
Mr. & Mrs. Ron and Beverly Hahs
Mr. Bill Hart
Dr. Laura Hatcher
Mrs. Betty Hearnes and The Warren E. Hearnes Memorial
Dr. Linda Heitman
Dr. Sarah Holt
The Honorable and Mrs. Stephen N. and Marsha Limbaugh
Dr. & Mrs. Arthur and Nancy Mattingly
Mr. & Mrs. Jerry and Barbara Lorberg
Mr. & Mrs. Michael Ponder
Mr. & Mrs. Gary and Wendy Rust
Ms. Jane Stacy
Mr. & Mrs. Jerry and Nancy Stone
Mr. J. Trent Waltz
Mr. Mark Katcher

To learn more about becoming a Founding Partner or Benefactor, please contact the foundation at info@kellermanfoundation.org