Originally Published: August 6, 2014 6 a.m.
Reba Wells Grandrud was given the 2013 Sharlot Hall Award during the Western History Symposium in Prescott on Saturday evening. Her friend and fellow historian Elisabeth Ruffner, left, helped Sharlot Hall Museum Director Fred Veil, right, present the award. Named for the late founder of Prescott's state museum, the annual award recognizes a living Arizona woman who has made a valuable contribution to the understanding and awareness of Arizona history.
Grandrud holds a Ph.D. and has served as a research historian, written several publications, and belongs to several historic trails association. She's a former director of the Arizona Historical Society Museum, former Arizona Heritage Fund planner, and former coordinator of the National Register of Historic Places for Arizona with the State Historic Preservation Office. She's also a past president of Westerners International. Locally, she was involved in establishing Arizona's first Rural Historic Landscape at Pecan Lane in Camp Verde, and she has researched the history behind the Richard DeKuhn homestead, Cherry's first settler.