The impetus for this project came from Gene Winn, who followed Miss Ruth Brown as Bartlesville's librarian in 1953, and who also served our city for more than thirty years. Mr. Winn has long had a dream that a permanent memorial be placed in the Bartlesville Public Library to honor Miss Ruth Brown.

Women's Network, formed in 1981 to "educate, empower, and support women," hopes to make Mr. Winn's dream a reality. Every year, Women's Network presents the History-Maker of the Year award to a local woman during Women's History Month. In 1992, Miss Ruth Brown was honored posthumously with a special award, History-Maker of the Past. Another of Women's Network's ongoing projects is the publication of Taproots: Transcriptions of Oral History. Six volumes so far have been published, featuring extensive interviews with local women who have "made a difference" in our community.

It's too late to interview Ruth Brown for Taproots, but we earnestly hope to honor this remarkable woman by having the bust completed and installed in time for Oklahoma's centennial celebration in 2007. Women's Network is providing "seed money" of $2,500 to initiate this project.

Noted local Native American artist Janice Albro has been engaged as sculptor. The bust will be cast at the Bronze Horse Foundry in Pawhuska.

An estimated $10,000 will be needed to fund this project. Donors of $500 or more will have their names inscribed on a pedestal plaque. We hope you will help us fund this unique project. Any funds raised beyond the cost of the project will establish a scholarship for a Bartlesville Public Library employee to use for earning a master's degree in library studies.

We welcome your suggestions and comments. Further information about Women's Network and The Miss Ruth Brown Memorial Project can be found online at, or by writing to the address below. Your donation is tax deductible, as Women's Network is a 501(C)3 organization.

Checks should be made out to: Women's Network, with The Miss Ruth Brown Memorial Project on the subject line, and mailed to:

Women's Network
P.O. Box 417
Bartlesville, OK 74005

Thank you!