Melissa Ruffner

Inspired by her mother, historic preservationist, Elisabeth Ruffner, Melissa began conducting Prescott Historical Tours in 1981, long before “heritage tourism” was created to attract visitors. Ruffner is the author of “Prescott: A Pictorial History “(1982 + five reprints); “Arizona Territorial Sampler: Food & Lifestyles of a Frontier” (with father, Budge Ruffner) and she has developed and coordinated outdoor, over the road, adventures for ElderHostel/Road Scholar programs for the past thirty-eight years. She has received awards from the Prescott Western Heritage Foundation, Arizona Historical Society and is one of 100 Arizona Culture Keepers, created for the Arizona Centennial by State Historian Marshall Trimble.