Charles van Ravenswaay (August 10, 1911 – March 20, 1990) was an American historian, museum administrator, and author. He served as State Superintendent of the Missouri Writer's Project, producing Missouri: The WPA Guide to the "Show Me" State in 1941. He served as director of the Missouri Historical Society from 1946–1962, director of Old Sturbridge Village from 1962–1966, and director of the Henry Francis DuPont Winterthur Museum and Gardens from 1966–1976.
Personal life and education
Born in Boonville, Missouri, to a Dutch immigrant father and Anglo-American mother, van Ravenswaay attended Washington University in St. Louis graduating with an AB in 1933 and an MA in liberal arts in 1934. He received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Maryville College of the Sacred Heart in 1968 and an honorary Doctor of Humanities from the University of Missouri in 1980. In addition to these degrees and honors, Ravenswaay served as president of the American Alliance of Museums fr