The California Historical Societies (CCHS) presented Awards of Merit in seven different categories last Saturday in Old Sacramento. Recognizing outstanding accomplishments of individuals serving the interests of CCHS, honoring Gridley's Ruthann King for her tireless dedication and loyalty to the Gridley Museum just seemed like a natural choice.
Nominated by the board of the local museum, King received the Individual award for her significant service on behalf of the Gridley museum. The award was based on duration, influence and scope of service/contributions and leadership.
A booklet given out at the luncheon stated, “Awards are our way of thanking those whose contributions to California History add luster and significance to lives around them. These award recipients help to nurture and preserve our priceless heritage.”
King's husband Lowell, daughter Julie Ricci and Museum board members and friends Dorothy and Jack Lindsay accompanied King to the awards luncheon.
As the director, King has been an integral part of the museum since retiring in 2007 and has volunteered at least three days a week since then.
Besides organizing volunteers and performing many of the archiving duties, King has developed many programs including an historic walking tour. She writes the newsletter that is sent out to the Museum's 75 members and works in conjunction with the Butte County Historical Society (BCHS) to present speakers and programs.
Under her leadership and huge amount of work accomplished, the Museum has shared the south end of Farmers Hall with BCHS during the Butte County Fair the past three years in displaying the history of our area. Before that, she ran a smaller booth with Board Member Dorothy Lindsay for two years.
She is responsible for the Pioneer Family Program of which the Shaeffer family is now being featured.
Local third graders visit the museum each year in May when King gives them a great presentation rich with history on Gridley.
The Gridley Museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m., to 2 p.m.
The board of the Gridley Museum is proud to have King's influence throughout the museum and appreciates all of her endless work and enthusiasm.