Ruth Rhinehart has been a double-duty volunteer for the Morley Library and the Lake County Genealogical Society at the Morley Library’s Genealogy and Local History Room since her retirement from the library’s staff in 1985. Originally planning to volunteer one afternoon per week, Mrs. Rhinehart is actually there almost every day of the week. She serves as the liaison between Morley Library and the Genealogical Society, keeping books and materials for both groups in harmony for the benefit of all who use the room. Mrs. Rhinehart can be credited for creating and fully maintaining one of the best genealogical and local history collections in Northeast Ohio.
Mrs. Rhinehart has taught an amazing number of patrons how to go about doing genealogy or to look up Lake County historical items. She is extremely knowledgeable and shares her experience graciously, generously, and patiently. Mrs. Rhinehart has provided many families, locally and across the country, with information about missing links in their family trees.
In 1998, Mrs. Rhinehart was named Morley Library’s Woman of the Century. She has been an extremely reliable volunteer, even in the face of serious acute and severe chronic illnesses. She has also been involved with the Painesville Library Association Board of Trustees, League of Women Voters, and the American Association of University Women.