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Owen Cooke selling a book to Barbara Humpfries

 All-in-all, the book now presents an amazingly detailed record of Manotick, invaluable for research and personal enjoyment. The book launch alone saw sales of just under 30 books.

 As this article goes to press, just after Dickinson Days, close to 130 copies are already gone, from the press run of 500. 

The book makes an excellent acquisition or gift, and all proceeds from the sale price of $20 go toward current and future publishing work by the RTHS. Congratulations to all for making a real contribution to the heritage of our area and a fine tribute to the memory of Dora Stamp.  

Hot off the press: "Manotick Then and Now, Reflections and Memories".


Just in time for summer events celebrating Manotick's 150th Anniversary, Ron Wilson and Jane Anderson proudly unveiled RTHS's latest publication, a revised and updated second edition of Dora Stamp's original compilation of columns and articles about Manotick, its people and history.

Two-years in the making, this edition was officially launched at the May meeting, which included tributes to Dora, who died last December at the age of 94.  Stamp's cousin, Helen Stinson Wall reprised a eulogy that spoke to Stamp's wit and many interests across a long and fruitful life.

Wilson quipped that the revision represents the "blood, sweat, toil and tears" of many dedicated volunteers, too many to name individually in this article!  Anderson expressed her thanks while presenting complimentary copies to key contributors.

Wilson gave a slide presentation detailing the many tasks that must be done to render an out-of-print book into the computer files and such required for print runs of today. Besides format issues and design choices, considerable hours were also spent updating information, current street addresses and creating an index of last names.

Further research for this edition also produced a whole section with information on trades found in Manotick, along with map listing the addresses mentioned, and the voter list from 1900.

Selling "Manotick, Then & Now"

Reprinting Dora Stamp’s Book

Presented by: Jane Anderson & Ron Wilson
Rideau Township Historical Society

Article by Lucy Martin