Ruth Carter Stevenson, Fort Worth Philanthropist
With the opening of our newly constructed building in 2009, the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History became the largest museum in Fort Worth’s famed Cultural District, thanks to numerous local philanthropists like Ruth Carter Stevenson.
The Museum pays homage to one of its trailblazers with the Heritage Oak, one of the magnificent live oak trees that Mrs. Stevenson planted with her father, Amon Carter, shortly after the Fort Worth Children’s Museum opened on Montgomery Street in 1954. As the focal point of a glassed-in courtyard with a waterfall, the Heritage Oak connects back to the saplings planted more than fifty years before to provide shade for the future generations of children and to project a sense of place.
Each year more than two million visitors come to the Cultural District from all over the world to explore the museums, including the Amon Carter Museum, for the beauty of their architecture and the quality of their collections. Thanks to Mrs. Stevenson's leadership, the Amon Carter has gone through major expansions and acquired a collection of American art considered the finest in the world.
"She made the decisions that were beneficial to hundreds of nonprofit organizations of all types. Hardly any foundation in the city hasn’t seen help from her,” said Dr. Bobby Brown, the vice-president of the Amon G. Carter Foundation.
The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is saddened by the loss of one of our community’s greatest leaders.