Ruth Broekema was born on March 6, 1899, in Chicago, Illinois. She graduated from Hope Preparatory School in 1919 and Hope College in 1923. She served the Reformed Church in America (RCA) as a missionary to China (1924-1946, 1948-1951), the Philippines (1952-1954), and Taiwan (Formosa) (1954-1964). Broekema passed away in Holland, Michigan, in 1977. The collection contains materials ranging from hymnals from China to Women’s Ministry Conference ribbons. In addition to newspaper clippings about Ruth Broekema’s time in Taiwan, it also includes peanut oil lamps and grass woven sandals. The collection also contains a decorated flag from Taiwan, prayer blocks, an RCA book about ministering in Amoy, China, and four photograph albums that feature China, Broekema’s memorial service, and her family.
Repository citation: Western Theological Seminary, "W88-1207.10. Broekema, Ruth (1899-1977). Papers, 1899-1978. 3.00 linear ft." (2016). Collection Registers and Abstracts. Paper 1164.
February 3, 2016.