Terry Ruscin is an author, photographer, historian, and retired advertising executive. Ruscin is a member of the Henderson County Genealogical and Historical Society, Historic Flat Rock Inc., Hendersonville's Design Review Advisory Committee overseeing the city's historic districts, and a commissioner with the Henderson County Historic Resources Commission.
Terry Ruscin currently resides in Hendersonville. Terry Ruscin was born in 1951.
Terry Ruscin has published or released items in the following series...
Reviews - What do customers think about Mission Memoirs: A Collection of Photographs, Sketches & Reflections of California's Past?
my favorite photo book of the Missions.... Nov 20, 2002
....and written with a lively and moving commentary. Well worthy the money and very informative, each chapter giving a brief history of a particular Mission, some personal reactions, and of course the photographs. The author went out of his way to eliminate contemporary influences like cars and planes and streets; the reader gets a feel for what each Mission might have looked like long ago.
Caveat: if you are aware of how much many of the so-called Mission Indians suffered under a system of religious slavery, you might not welcome the author's effusive tone. My reaction to visiting the Serra Missions was not spiritual delight, but anger, sorrow, and nausea. (My Cherokee ancestors walked The Trail Where We Cried.) At the same time, the author doesn't pitch religion; he photographs and writes up his reactions, and his sense of wonder comes through nicely.
2000 Benjamin Franklin Award Winner Jul 5, 2000
Mission Memoirs recently won a 2000 Benjamin Franklin Award, and is one of 29 titles included in the Rounce & Coffin Club's Annual Western Books Exhibition.
This book is breathtaking Nov 9, 1999
I've never been much for history-- until reading this book. The photographs are lush and gorgeous; the text is rich and personal; the mere layout of the artwork is striking. It's really a wonderful work!