Resume /CV


Ruth Page Jones

Independent Historian

Waukesha, Wisconsin


MA, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, History (2015)

BS, University of Wisconsin–Parkside, Applied Computer Science (1983)

BA, University of South Dakota, Political Science and German (1977)

Research Interests

Public history, Midwest, Northern Great Plains, U.S. Women’s History,

Woman Suffrage


Carol Mashek Endowed Award in Women’s History, Augustana College, The Center for Western Studies Dakota Conference, 2019

South Dakota Broadcasters Association, Third Place, Weeklies Under 1,150, Best Local General Interest Column, 2018

Western Studies Student Award, Augustana College, The Center for Western Studies Dakota Conference, 2015

Berg Award for Graduate Research, University of Milwaukee Women’s Studies Program, 2014


 Jones, Ruth Page, “A Century Celebration: Fighting for Woman Suffrage in Wisconsin,” Waukesha County Historical Society Speaker’s Series, 2019.

Jones, Ruth Page, “A Century Celebration: Woman Suffrage in South Dakota 1868-1918,” South Dakota Humanities Council Scholar, Speakers Bureau Program, Rapid City, Yankton, and Brookings, South Dakota, 2019.

Jones, Ruth Page, Participant in Woman Suffrage Panels, Women’s Votes on the Northern Plains: a symposium, Laramie, Wyoming; Western History Association Conference, Las Vegas, 2019; Northern Great Plains History Conference, Mankato, Minnesota, 2018.

Jones, Ruth Page. Annual presenter at the Dakota Conference, Augustana College, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, 2014-2019.

Jones, Ruth Page. “Sarah Breiner Page, Aurora County Pioneer.” Performed as an historical character before a public audience at the Sesquicentennial Wagon Train Chuckwagon Dinner, Plankinton, South Dakota. (September 10, 2014)

 Publications and Historical Writing

Ruth Page Jones, “‘The Women Voted:’ School Suffrage in Dakota Territory and South Dakota,” in Equality at the Ballot Box: Votes for Women on the Northern Great Plains, ed. Lori Ann Lahlum and Molly P. Rozum (Pierre: South Dakota Historical Society Press, 2019).

Jones, Ruth Page, “Ceaseless Unremitting Toil: The Wisconsin Campaign for Woman Suffrage,” Landmark, 62:2 (2019): 29-36.

Jones, Ruth Page. “Pioneer Nurse Jean Todd: A Woman Professional on the Dakota Frontier,” South Dakota History 47:3 (2017): 229–55.

Jones, Ruth Page. Book Review. “Ethel Alice Hurn, Wisconsin Women in the War between the States,” Middle West Review 3:1 (2016): 125–27.

Jones, Ruth Page. “It Happened Right Here,” South Dakota Mail, Plankinton, South Dakota. Local history newspaper column published six months in 2014, monthly 2013-2017.

Jones, Ruth Page. “A Case Study: The Role of Women in Creating Community on the Dakota Frontier, 1880 to 1920.” MA thesis, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, 2015.

Jones, Ruth Page. “Banishing Loneliness by Creating Community: The Golden Age of Agriculture, 1910-1920,” Papers of the Forty-Sixth Annual Dakota Conference, Center for Western Studies, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, 2014.

Jones, Ruth Page, “Farmers & Merchants State Bank: 100 Years, 1910-2010,” privately published corporate history, Plankinton, South Dakota, 2009.

Employment, Teaching, and Service History

 Executive Director, Christmas Clearing Council of Waukesha County, Waukesha, Wisconsin, 2006-2017. Board member, 2002-2006; Officer roles included secretary and vice president.

Vice President, Backpack Coalition, Inc., Waukesha, Wisconsin, 2010-2015.

President, Project ABC, Advocating on Behalf of Children, 1997-2007. Waukesha, Wisconsin.

Adjunct Instructor, Unix Certificate Program, University of Wisconsin–Parkside, Kenosha, Wisconsin, 1998-2001.

Security & Unix Instructor, Marquette University College of Professional Studies, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1998-2001.

Management Consultant and Owner, Athena Consulting Services, Waukesha, Wisconsin, 1994-2000.

Telecommunications Manager and Instructor, Wisconsin Bell, Ameritech and Bellcore, 1983-1994.