Ruth Mills

As a historian, writer, and preservationist, Ruth Mills connects historic buildings and landscapes to people, communities, and events. She is an expert in preparing historic designation documentation, assisting clients in obtaining historic tax credits, and conducting research that informs the design of preservation, restoration, and adaptive use projects.

Ruth’s work for Quinn Evans ranges from the preservation of historic Mid-Century Modern buildings to the identification and protection of important cultural heritage sites, particularly those of diverse communities.

A past president of the Michigan Historic Preservation Network, Ruth traces her love of historic places to childhood visits to her ancestors’ nineteenth century farm. She relishes uncovering long-forgotten stories through her research.


Master of Science in Historic Preservation, Eastern Michigan University, 2001

Master of Arts in Comparative History, Central Michigan/University of Strathclyde/Glasgow, Scotland, 1995


National Trust for Historic Preservation, Forum Member    

Michigan Historic Preservation Network, Immediate Past President, Board of Directors    

Historic Preservation Alumni Chapter, Eastern Michigan University Alumni Association, Board Member  

Association for Preservation Technology Bulletin, Peer Reviewer    

Sigma Pi Kappa, Historic Presevation Honorary Society      

Phi Alpha Theta, History Honorary Society, Chapter President    

McLennan Fund Advisory Committee, Eastern Michigan University      

Docomomo US, Member    

Docomomo US/Michigan, Secretary, Board of Directors

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