Forty years ago, the late Ruth A. Steinert published a much-celebrated book that describes Tamaqua's early days in intimate detail.
But the legacy of "A Hill to Climb" is only one facet of a remarkable individual, a bon vivant who impacted her community more than, perhaps, any other woman in Schuylkill County.
Steinert was a civic leader, businesswoman, and author.
She also was a poet, actress, and playwright.
Although childless, she led her town in recognizing the importance of children and, at the same time, pioneered the cause of animal rights.