Ruth traces her initial fascination with historic places to her studies in Scotland and England, particularly the ancient cathedrals. She has continued that interest through her work as QEA’s resident historian and writer. Ruth loves that QEA’s range of work affords her the opportunity to explore historic events, people, and forgotten stories. Her most recent effort is the National Historic Landmark designation of the modernist landscape of Lafayette Park, where she notes the irony of designating the very urban renewal projects that sparked the historic preservation movement as historic.
- Eastern Michigan University, Master of Science in Historic Preservation, 2001;
- Central Michigan/University of Strathclyde/Glasgow, Scotland, Master of Arts in Comparative History, 1995