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Ruth Millar


  • Ruth Wright Millar is a Saskatchewan-born author, retired local history librarian and sometime journalist who lives in a funky old house in Saskatoon. Her childhood was annually split between rural life in Saskatchewan's northeast, and urban living in Saskatoon. Ruth's great love (other than family and international travel)is to go sleuthing in archives and libraries across Canada and elsewhere, for spectacular life stories of extraordinary, but largely unknown, prairie people. Currently she specializes in regional biography, local and regional history, and pictorial research. She is the author of Saskatchewan Heroes & Rogues (Coteau, 2004) and co-author of Saskatoon: a History in Photographs (Coteau 2006), compiler of a bibliography on "born-again buildings", and a small book about heritage buildings. She also authored two short stories published in anthologies and a literary journal (one twice), plus scores of articles in newspapers, magazines, and journals. She has also done pictorial research, published illustrations, photographic exhibitions, occasional walking tours, curated a series of short biographies for SCN television, and illustrated talks on television and in person. All of these activities have sharpened her research and genealogical skills considerably. She welcomes invitations from organizations, schools and other institutions, to "show and tell" her compelling true stories about long-ago events and people in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and the prairies in general. Using Powerpoint technology or the walking tour format, she can adapt her presentations to any age group, as young as Grade 5, and elders in senior housing. Just now (spring 2009) she is working on a book about an astonishing former World War II spymaster who retired to Saskatchewan. Bibliography available on request via email. Google her!


  • Electronic Media » Other
  • Fiction » Literary
  • Non-Fiction » Biography, HistoryŚLocal, Journalism

Professional Services

  • Business/Corporate/Government Writing » Brochures
  • Editing » Copyediting


  • Saskatoon: a histopry in Photographs. Coteau Books, 2006
  • Saskatchewan heroes & Rogues. Coteau Books, 2004


  » Newspaper, Magazine, & Trade Journal
  • Arts West
  • Briarpatch
  • Canadian Library Journal
  • Co-operative Consumer
  • Latin America Connexions
  • Prairie Messnger
  • Saskatchewan History
  • Saskatchewan Library Forum
  • Saskatoon History Review
  • Saskatoon StarPhoenix
  • Saskatoon Sun
  • The Mirror
  • Western People

Broadcast Works

  • Heroes, Rogues and Adventurers, SCN, 1999
    • Series of three-minute vignettes on ten extraordinary historical figures. (Did original research, wrote commentary and selected photographs.)

Audience Age Groups

    • Adults
    • Secondary School (10-12)
    • Middle School (6-9)
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