2016 Baxter Award Recipient
Ruth Van Stee
Ruth Van Stee’s passion for local history has been exhibited by her work for this society as well as the Greater Grand Rapids Women’s History Council and the Grand Rapids Public Library. She has spent countless hours researching local history topics and furthering the knowledgebase for other local history researchers to call upon. Her indexes, and finding aids, at the Grand Rapids Public Library are used regularly to assist patrons. Many have enjoyed Ruth’s presentations on a range of topics including the Women’s Temperance Movement during prohibition. Understanding that some of her efforts were while an employee of these groups, she has always shown enthusiasm to go “above and beyond” her actual duties.